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Sharks sign Philip van der Walt


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Jun 2015 at 17:19
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Former Cheetahs back-rower Philip van der Walt will return from Biarritz in France to join up with the Sharks ahead of the Currie Cup season.

Van der Walt’s signing is set to provide immediate depth at loose forward in a Currie Cup campaign where the Sharks are set to be without a number of senior players, but with a 3-year commitment, clearly sees his future in Durban.

At 1.93m and 110kg, van der Walt regularly proved a thorn in the Sharks’ side when playing against them in Cheetahs colours. It’s hoped he’ll replicate the sort of form in black and white that saw him spoken of as a potential Springbok back in 2013.



66 Comments

  • I would think the depth at prop and lock would be a greater concern.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.06.15 17:37:18 by coolfusion Reply
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  • So why do we have Kankowski on our payroll at all? Is he going back to japan furing cc? Make an offer to Arno Botha, that kid will outplay Duane one of these days.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.06.15 17:43:13 by coolfusion Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 2) :

    Kanko is done. Time to back Mthembu. Van der Walt is quite good. Not sure that we really need him though. Agree on Botha.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.06.15 17:56:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Ouens, i fail to understand this signing?

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.06.15 18:10:47 by R Hayward Reply

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  • At least he is on the right side of 30…

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.06.15 18:16:27 by lostfish Reply
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  • If we lose kanko and Willem we will need him. Hoping for a prop signing though.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.06.15 18:25:41 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 6) : Prop is about the only position they are NOT doing something about.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.06.15 18:42:02 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 6) : Not if. We have lost Willem. And kanko has been little more than a passenger, so he is a loss too.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.06.15 18:43:12 by coolfusion Reply

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  • So… do we rename the Cheetahs the ‘Pre-Sharks’ or do we rename the Sharks the ‘Ex-Cheetahs’?

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.06.15 19:20:23 by David12246 Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : Arno has signed a contract with an overseas club. We should have had the vision to sign him before he made his move. He is next in line after Duane.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.06.15 20:47:27 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • OK…

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.06.15 23:21:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I think I get this signing…but don’t have strong feelings either way…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.06.15 23:22:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 9) : nah mate you got it wrong its Boswill Wilkie,only problem for Bozo is there way to many clowns already,what a mess

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.06.15 00:06:53 by benji Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 12) : It’s a very good signing. Tera is the only 8th man going into this this CC. The Du Preez brothers play on the flank and sometimes lock…Meyer plays on the flank. Oosterhuizen is not a flank. Bothma going to the RWC..Khaya is a fetcher. Kanko going back to Japan hopefully forever. We are therefore very thin at 8. Phillip is actually the type of player we should invest in. He is a contender for the Bok 8th man jersey after RWC so will want to fight for it versus preserve his body for the Japan season.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.06.15 06:32:22 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 14) : That is what I thought I got about the signing… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.06.15 07:44:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Very good signing. vd Walt was by far the better 8th man in SA before he went to Biarritz, and he was only 23 at the time. A bruising grafter with good vision, and plays a good linking game with the backs.
    If the Sharks evolve their playing pattern, he will be great. But just like with le Roux, he will be wasted in the current game plan.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.06.15 12:08:59 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : I’m in agreement with you.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.06.15 12:58:47 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 16) : Sounds good…

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.06.15 12:59:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 10) : Where is Arno going? Which club has he signed with?

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.06.15 14:53:58 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Solid player. Solid skills. Still youngish… so good signing.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.06.15 15:51:29 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 20) : but damn… seem as if we are poaching the cheetah team.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.06.15 15:56:02 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 21) : although Joe P cant really count as a cheetah player after one season.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.06.15 15:57:00 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • What happened toe Sean Robinson? Spelling?

    Really liked him as a wing when he came on 2 years back

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.06.15 15:59:55 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 23) : He’s playing in France for Racing Metro.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.06.15 16:04:26 by Ben Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 19) : Can’t remember and Google isn’t picking it up, he is definitely going though.

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.06.15 17:52:30 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 25) : Can’t understand how you would play Pierre spies ahead of Arno. But then again the bulls fans must also be shaking their heads at some of choices.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.06.15 06:57:00 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : Some of our choices.

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.06.15 06:58:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 21) : Well apart from Willie both are guys just coming back or wanting to come back to sa so no real poaching, but yes it seems we are only picking from there. Maybe we should harvest at the bulls too since there must be quite a few unhappy young players there. But first use from the academy and junior sharks.

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.06.15 07:47:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 14) : Harsh..but makes sense

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.06.15 07:49:09 by coolfusion Reply

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  • The more I think about it, the more I reckon this is a good signing!

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.06.15 08:06:26 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Meh – not that excited about this signing, again a cheetah or ex-cheetah bought. We just keep on buying and buying and what about bringing youngsters through the ranks? Is this another Super rugby only player?Surely we must have some youngsters somewhere waiting for a chance?? Expect us losing more youngsters in the not so distant future – SMFH..
    I really hope that GG and JS isn’t under the false impression that they can buy themselves out of this poor run of form. You can buy all the players you like but if your coaching isn’t up to scratch – you will not achieve your goals.

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.06.15 08:58:28 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 21) : After playing in France for two years, it cant be said that Phillip is being taken from the Cheetahs. After all, he originally hails from EP just like JJ Engelhrecht. How far back need one to go to say a player is being “poached”?

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.06.15 09:04:39 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 32) : Agreed.

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.06.15 09:24:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Interesting read. Especially with regards to JS open letter….

    http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Super15/Sharks-make-yet-another-signing-20150606

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.06.15 09:30:53 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Very good signing this. He always caused the Sharks major headaches. If we think the youth will instantly turn us around into a winning side then think again. We need quality players and yes let the youth play if they can outshine these guys at practice. The cream always rises to the top…some just faster than others.

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.06.15 09:35:07 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : I agree with you. I have no problems with the signings that the Sharks have made this season.

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.06.15 09:38:57 by Ben Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : lets not forget that we will now have a very very young group of loosies for CC: Dup, Dup, Khaya, Tera & VDWalt. How long is Tera still out?

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.06.15 09:40:35 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 31) : We have no choice. Our philosophy since forever was only to contract a few juniors out of high school, this meant no depth and the result was that our Vodacom and junior rank suffered. Need to first fix the junior ranks before we can confidentiality talk of a pipeline. So, we need to buy big now both in terms of experience and youth so that after 2 to 3 years we can look inhouse.

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.06.15 09:45:05 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • I like him, hard player. And with the guys going to the WC and abroad, it makes a lot of sense.

  • Comment 39, posted at 08.06.15 09:48:35 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 38) : Agreed.

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.06.15 09:48:39 by Ben Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 31) : He will play Currie Cup for us, as far as I know.

  • Comment 41, posted at 08.06.15 09:50:02 by Ben Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 34) : ag ja, but if your agenda is just to stir kak, then of course that makes sense.

  • Comment 42, posted at 08.06.15 10:02:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 38) : Ok fair point, but if you tell the Dup brothers they must wait 2yrs – they will leave. I mean FFS they play Jnr Bok rugby for a good reason. So I really hope them and majola will be given a fair go in CC and SR next yr.
    @Ben (Comment 41) :Thx Ben.

  • Comment 43, posted at 08.06.15 10:42:29 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 37) : Both Dup can still play u21 so its not that congested. Terra out for quite a while i believe, but dont take that as gospel. So Yes CC is important, but dont dismiss how even more important it is for our u19s and u21s to have better years than previous…its vital in order to attract and retain talent

  • Comment 44, posted at 08.06.15 11:00:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 31) : This is not a Super Rugby only player…the article clear states that he will be here (and a big help) for the Currie Cup. He is also pretty young and very highly rated. I am happy with it…

  • Comment 45, posted at 08.06.15 12:43:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 38) : Agreed…

  • Comment 46, posted at 08.06.15 12:45:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 45) : Thx Pastor but I have been helped regarding the CC issue (yes I should read a article twice before commenting ;-) ).
    ps. I think Potgieter was a better signing :twisted: – even if he only plays SR :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 08.06.15 13:14:05 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 47) : :mrgreen: Saw that after I commented…

  • Comment 48, posted at 08.06.15 13:32:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 43) : On my earlier comments I have stated that we need to give those twins exposure. Don’t the play flank and lock?

  • Comment 49, posted at 08.06.15 14:27:29 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 49) : The du Preez twins played flank against Samoa.

  • Comment 50, posted at 08.06.15 14:51:08 by Ben Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 49) : @Ben (Comment 50) : Jean-Luc played 7 and Dan played 6.

  • Comment 51, posted at 08.06.15 14:52:20 by Ben Reply
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  • Seems like potgieter is intended to be Willie Alberts replacement too bad he isn’t here for CC he and v Walt would have had a season to gel. Hope we can get the dupreez boys or at least on of them as a permanent feature next to VC Walt. Kleynhans also an option or no?

  • Comment 52, posted at 08.06.15 15:16:57 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 51) : I stand to be corrected but I have heard that their father was not too keen on them being tracked too soon up the rugby ranks and was keen for them to work their way up the rugby ranks.
    Which is not a bad thing when you lookout some of the players that were pushed into senior rubgy too quickly.Frans Steyn and J.P were 21 when they won a World Cup and at 29 they are both very jaded,and bored with rugby in what should be their best years.

  • Comment 53, posted at 08.06.15 15:21:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 31) : Cheetah players by and large have contributed to Sharks success in seasons past.

  • Comment 54, posted at 08.06.15 15:53:23 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 53) : Problem is the young guys get impatient and leave if you don’t offer them premier games quick and often enough so even if the union does take care the players put them in a catch 22. Let’s hope dad Rob has a lot of influence over them till they mature. This won’t be the case for many other young stars though.

  • Comment 55, posted at 08.06.15 16:53:20 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 54) : hahaha ja some really quality players that moved from Blom to Durbs!!!!

  • Comment 56, posted at 08.06.15 17:07:09 by JD Reply
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  • Must say I really like Philip van der Walt. This guy is a seriously talented player (big, strong and reasonably fast) and will be great with the Sharks!!!!
    By far the best Sharks signing this year!!!!!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 08.06.15 17:12:27 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 54) : What success are you referring to? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 58, posted at 08.06.15 18:12:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 57) : Willie le Roux is by far our best signing this year in my opinion.

  • Comment 59, posted at 08.06.15 18:18:37 by Ben Reply
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  • Let’s be honest. Heyneke Meyer only really selects 2 kinds of players for the Boks.

    a) a big player, or
    b) a player that plays for the Bulls

    Willie is neither of those but still he was too good to be ignored. That in itself says a lot.

  • Comment 60, posted at 08.06.15 18:22:27 by Ben Reply
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  • What I do love about the Philip signing, though, is that he will be with us for the Currie Cup and Super Rugby preseason.

  • Comment 61, posted at 08.06.15 18:51:25 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 60) : There is a third type he selects,one who has a Springbok in his family tree,Burger,Bekker,Reinarch,P.S.D,T,Louw,Spies,Pienaar,

  • Comment 62, posted at 08.06.15 19:43:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 59) : I agree with you…and am also happy with the vd Walt signing…

  • Comment 63, posted at 08.06.15 19:44:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 62) : Don’t recall that Pierre Spies’s father or grandfather ever represented the Boks?

  • Comment 64, posted at 09.06.15 11:38:11 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 64) : Spies still fulfills the other two requirements though.

  • Comment 65, posted at 09.06.15 11:50:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 65) : For sure.

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