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Sharks sign Reds lock McDuling


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Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Jul 2015 at 07:20
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According to morning media reports, Reds second-rower David McDuling has signed for the Sharks.

The 26-year-old McDuling made his Super Rugby debut for the Brisbane team in 2014 and has 12 caps in total, after his early career was blighted by successive knee injuries.

According to The Mercury, McDuling has signed a two-year deal with the Sharks and will be available immediately. Speaking to the paper’s Mike Greenaway, Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold described McDuling as an “exciting prospect” who has “huge potential”, adding “he will certainly bolster our depth at lock.”

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116 Comments

  • Really? So no locks in SA?

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.07.15 07:21:51 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • |This signing only tells me one thing, that PSDT is leaving.
    Don’t understand why we would sign another lock with bed knees.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.07.15 07:23:23 by Rvw Reply

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  • Well this is interesting..

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.07.15 07:26:48 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Howsit guys. I’m new here… So how many signings has the sharks made now? Quite a few hey? Would you guys prefer someone like this oke, instead of developing a youngster from the sharks academy?

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.07.15 07:30:49 by Leeubok Reply

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  • @Rvw (Comment 2) : Yup

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.07.15 07:33:11 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Leeubok (Comment 4) : Morning. Welcome to the site. To answer your question, there is very little real talent coming through at lock. Reason is the Bulls signed the top 4 schoolboy locks each year for the past 5 seasons and are hogging all of them!

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.07.15 07:34:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Leeubok (Comment 4) : I’ll take the signing of good, established, experienced players anyday, if they are not old and nearing the end of their career. So I’m not against this singing.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.07.15 07:35:33 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 1) : Whats wrong with signing overseas players? Why should we only sign SA players?

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.07.15 07:40:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Well the scouts for the Sharks must get clever now and get ahead of the bulls’ scouts!

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.07.15 07:46:57 by Den Reply

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  • @Den (Comment 9) : It’s not about scouting it’s what they can offer. The Bulls can offer good contracts, a good university with good education and a arguably better province to live in. If I was offered to play for several unions I would follow my head over my heart anyday and choose the stormers or bulls.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.07.15 07:53:53 by Seth101 Reply
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  • I don’t see how the bulls can hold onto all these young talented players.. Surely everyone wants game-time and they know they’re not going to get it at the bulls. So perhaps other unions need to do what the Lions did, and raid the bulls’ “unwanted” stocks a bit..

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.07.15 07:54:40 by Leeubok Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 10) : Surely with that logic WP would be getting any player they desire.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.07.15 08:08:43 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 12) : Yea, that’s why they get 40 ish youngsters a year to our like 15…

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.07.15 08:12:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Another lock with knee issues…interesting. If fit let him play. Whats happened to JC Astle though? Too short for lock? Too crap?
    Our lock stocks outside Wentzel, Oosthuizen, Botha dont look to flash. Lewies out till next year? PSDT unlikely to paly for the Sharks until possibly next year and if he is still here.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.07.15 08:19:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • And Wiehan Hay ?

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.07.15 08:27:00 by Rvw Reply

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  • I also fear this is an indication that PSdT is leaving Durban, but we’ll see. Good on Sharks though for trying to stay ahead of the problem. Does anyone know if McDuling is no 4 or 5 lock?

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.07.15 08:27:36 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 13) : Most of those youngsters go to W.P to attend Stellenbosch or U.C.T.,very few in fact not one rugby player comes to Natal today to attend University.
    John Smit was recruited to Natal initially with a rugby scholarship to Maritzburgh University.
    Those days are long gone.Our only hope is the Academy but this seems to have also had a its day .

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.07.15 08:28:00 by The hound Reply
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  • I’m not against this signing as we are short on locks, but seeing as I know very little about him I’ll reserve judgement until I have seen him play.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.07.15 08:34:53 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 16) : 4 I think. Also saw somewhere that he played some time at blind side flank.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.07.15 08:35:29 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Rvw (Comment 15) : Rumours are got told he is too heavy and unfit…got the thanks but no thanks speech

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.07.15 08:40:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Leeubok (Comment 11) : well, we’re also doing that as best we can, but the majority of those guys seem to want to go overseas instead.

    We picked up Juan Schoeman, Christiaan de Bruyn and Jean Droste from the Bulls this year. Not exactly the cream, but it’s a trickle.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.07.15 08:42:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : I think with the Impi’s gaining Varsity Cup status, we might see a bit of a better flow of youngsters coming through. I just hope that the KZNRU works hand in hand with UKZN to use them as a feeder.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.07.15 08:44:06 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : Hay’s “form factor” counts against him.

    He started out as a prop, but at 1.94 or 1.95 is just that bit too tall to really make it work in the front row. As you say, weight, fitness and mobility issues are holding him back as a lock. I’m told the guy just cannot get off the ground.

    Obviously if you’re too slow for lock, you have no future as a flank…. so he’s a bit stuffed.

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.07.15 08:44:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 22) : when did UKZN gain Varsity Cup status? Must have missed that.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.07.15 08:46:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Thanks.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.07.15 08:46:52 by Rvw Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 22) : That’s a great plan, only problem is this was not a promotion year, so Impi are still Shield.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.07.15 08:47:41 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 22) : Problem is even if if ukzn gets good with its rugby, it’s still an unbelievably crap uni.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.07.15 08:47:53 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Successive knee injuries…..!

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.07.15 08:48:06 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 26) : Also this.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.07.15 08:48:13 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : u are 100% correct.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.07.15 08:48:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 28) : Fairly common attribute in locks.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.07.15 08:49:16 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : You are allowed to let a few things slip. With everything else on your plate you do a pretty good job of scouring the internet and other sources for rugby news.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.07.15 08:49:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • I am not so sure how I feel about this. It seems with some of the imports they come play for us, raise their profile and then beg to be let out of their contract.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.07.15 08:50:29 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Meant to say when they do.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.07.15 08:53:56 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Another lock with bad knees? :roll:

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.07.15 08:54:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Yeh its a tough call on him, thought he was decent in the bit he played before getting injured. Added sum good grunt but as you say the modern game is getting quick and quicker so even the big guys need speed.

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.07.15 09:02:27 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Pity this is not Rory Arnold ,hell how South Africa let this guy slip through our hands straight into the ranks of the Wallabies World Cup team
    It’s the Vickermann story all over again.
    With that young ex Bull Stander about to be capped for Ireland,losing players to Stormers ,Toulon ,or the Jap league doesn’t seem so bad anymore.
    I predict a lot more boys skipping the Provinces totally and going straight overseas,with an eye on a foreign national cap.

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.07.15 09:02:29 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 37) : With the numbers coming through our schools system etc its very hard to justify to youngsters why they should stick around, maybe earn a few rands, play many games on hard fields and a brand of rugby thats harsh on their bodies. Alternative…go overseas…fewer games…better currency…less competition for places…career longevity…

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.07.15 09:10:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Lets be honest here, JS has gone against every thing he has said when he took over. What has happened to the “developing” of our own players? Now its seems he doing a Oom Rudi here and buying left right and center. Did he realize the Sharks don’t have the talent to actually win a cup without buying in players? Maybe, but dont bullshit your public into believing you are doing thing the “right way” and then turn around and do something else. There has been more coaches at the Sharks, more player turn over than ever before. Its becoming a joke to support this team.

    JS for one should know how they ended up winning the WC. JW installed a new young team who he believed in, he worked hard at the team and at the end it paid off. Dick Muir did something similar when he took over at the Sharks, its paid off until last year the Sharks were still reaping the benefits what Dick Muir did for us.

    If you want to rebuild do it the right way.

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.07.15 09:11:53 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 39) : It is a catch 22. We as the fans want home grown players, yet we also demand instant success, its going to take them at least 3-5 years to sort out our junior rugby, and until then the Sharks still need to stay competitive. So stop the damn negativity and give the guys a gap so that they can rectify what needs to be rectified. Remember in the early 2000′s when the Bulls was even worse than pathetic? Well they took a step back and worked on all their structures and ended up winning the SR 3 times.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.07.15 09:19:15 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • I’m really getting %#[email protected]%$ fed up with the negativity of some Sharks supporters these days. :twisted:

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.07.15 09:21:56 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 40) : “We as the fans want home grown players”, I am a fan and I want the best possible players, couldn’t careless if they are all home grown or all bought.

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.07.15 09:23:18 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 42) : I agree with you fully there. All I want is my team to be successful, I don’t give a rats ass if there is only one or twenty three kzn born and bred players in the team.

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.07.15 09:24:55 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 39) : Every mn has good intentions until he is under pressure and not getting the results he had hoped for with his good intentions. Hence the bit of panic buying. But also lets give him a slight benefit of the doubt…maybe he genuinely believed that your players coming through the junior structures were a lot better than they really are.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.07.15 09:25:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 40) : exactly my point that Bulls team didn’t go and buy out the whole of SA to get there did they?

    @SheldonK (Comment 44) : For sure, exactly what I am saying is rather be junk for 3 years and top of the log for the next 5-6 than be half way up the log constantly.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.07.15 09:27:04 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 39) : yes, nice fairytale, but how long, exactly do you think it takes to “develop” a young lock and what do you do in the meantime?

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.07.15 09:27:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 45) : You’re wrong, they did go and buy the whole of SA, the Whole of SA’s junior crop. We are just buying already established players, personally I think this is the better option.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.07.15 09:29:47 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : Well I think the biggest issue is we have actually had so many good locks coming through the system yet we cannot seem to keep any of them, which is really disappointing. I point in reference is not specifically the lock position, but if you take Vic and bakkies for argument sake they both started as 20 or 21 year old for the bulls, look where they ended up.

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.07.15 09:31:08 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 45) : The problem with being junk for 3years is that a lot of people will lose their jobs in that period resulting in restarting again and again. Unfortunately todays sporting world is results driven and instant results. The days of taking a couple years to groom a side are gone. Players coming into the senior side need to be the finished product. Its not ideal, its a scary thought…but its not going to change.

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.07.15 10:04:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 48) : we have lost far too many good second-rowers. Letting the Marais brothers go was a huge mistake and both left because they didn’t see a future.

    Shit, how we’d love to have both of them now.

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.07.15 10:12:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : Do you think the boks have a chance at the WC? Reason I am asking is they never did any grooming since 2007 WC.

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.07.15 10:16:22 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : There are a few others you can add to that list. Its pretty sad, but how does the Sharks operate that they actually had so many talented locks yet they have none?

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.07.15 10:17:48 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 51) : Can’t compare international rugby to franchise. An international team relies 100% on national talent and building talent from the country, they can’t just go out and by players when needed. Franchises can buy players, not only form the local talent pool but from the international talent pool.

    Its the age of professional rugby, people need to get with the times. All other major team sports around the world buy and sell players all the time, its part of what makes those sports so popular, I am happy rugby is finally getting there.

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.07.15 10:25:53 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 52) : mate, I think it starts with 5 different head coaches in as many campaigns

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.07.15 10:25:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can someone please explain to me the desire to have local players? I am not over reacting when I say my brain literally can not fathom it.

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.07.15 10:32:14 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 51) : Um yes and no to be frank. Yes based on the pure quality of players that we have, even the experience. But no as i feel the current Bok side give away too many penalties that will hurt us in knockout rugby. I also think our injury count means that HM still isnt sure who his best side is.

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.07.15 10:34:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 19) : Thanks, helps if the guys are a bit versatile for when there are injuries. Hopefully everyone stays fit and the young guys get a run as well. Not a bad signing IMO, under the circumstances we are in atm

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.07.15 10:35:40 by HeinF Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 41) : I think most of us are still positive and excited. I for one, am looking more forward to seeing the young guys in the CC than Victor walking on the field during the WC! ;-)

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.07.15 10:37:16 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Den (Comment 9) : Sharks only contracts 6-10 under 19′s each year so ja will not compete with the Bulls for signings.

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.07.15 10:38:50 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : what happened to the youngest brother? think he played wing or 7?

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.07.15 10:44:08 by JD Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 51) : Yes Bokke has a chance if the correct players are picked for the World Cup, but I don’t see Meyer picking them so no don’t see Bokke winning the World Cup with Meyer as Head coach.

  • Comment 61, posted at 03.07.15 10:47:39 by JD Reply
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  • At 1.96m and 115kg I’m sure he’s a no. 4 lock that can cover 7, seems almost like Oosthuizen.

  • Comment 62, posted at 03.07.15 10:56:38 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 62) : Apparently he can cover 6, maybe a bit big, but hopefully he can steal, wouldn’t that be nice to make up for the loss of Bissy.

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.07.15 10:59:53 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 61) : Which players are you referring to that you want to see picked? And over who? Just curious

  • Comment 64, posted at 03.07.15 11:04:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 62) : Seems to fit in with the new mobile pack idea that is taking shape in Durbs

  • Comment 65, posted at 03.07.15 11:06:21 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 63) : definitely not SA 6….. remember that in Aus the blindside is numbered 6.

  • Comment 66, posted at 03.07.15 11:07:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 60) : Retief Marais is probably going to start at 7 for the u21s this season.

  • Comment 67, posted at 03.07.15 11:07:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 66) : I honestly did not know that. :idea:

  • Comment 68, posted at 03.07.15 11:12:00 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Warwick Tecklenburg was also not the “cream” at the bulls, but he turned out to do quite well at the Lions.. Sometimes these players on the fringes just need an opportunity

    In my honest opinion, I think the sharks would’ve done better to look locally first. I can understand buying a more experienced player if you suddenly come up short in super rugby. But right now you have some time in the currie cup to give a youngster or unwanted youngster from other unions a chance. How would you feel if in a few months time half the sharks team is made up of foreigners?

  • Comment 69, posted at 03.07.15 11:13:40 by Leeubok Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 68) : yeh they work on the tighter forwards being 1-6, 7 plays to the ball, 8 links with the backs

  • Comment 70, posted at 03.07.15 11:14:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Leeubok (Comment 69) : Which youngster/s in particular? Its easy to just say play the local youngstrs but who specifically? bearing in mind the Sharks u19s, U21s and Vodacom Cup teams have been dismal in recent years…

  • Comment 71, posted at 03.07.15 11:16:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 70) : You can learn something new every day :mrgreen:

  • Comment 72, posted at 03.07.15 11:19:02 by HeinF Reply

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  • Props especially TH, Locks and talented fly halves a scare commodity. Locks have tendancy to get knee injuries when young but hopefully outgrow it. How many world class four locks in SA that is not injured ? Eben ? PSDT and Lood injured and not sure if 4 or 5. Flip has stuffed up somewhere that why is out of the SA side and going to France anyway. What we now need with the forwards at our disposal is a brute of a four that can play the enforcer role! Marco and botha merely a stopgap and always an injury risk. Feel sorry for Lewis he went from Springok to zero after his injuries.

    I am afraid PSDT is gone if you ask me.

  • Comment 73, posted at 03.07.15 11:19:37 by Observer Reply

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  • @Leeubok (Comment 69) : No offence but unions go for what they can get at the time. The Lions as much as I love them for a long time could only attract hand me downs. I disagree completely that the Sharks should be doing the same thing. You are never going to be the best if you take other unions unwanted players. You need to look both locally and internationally for the best players you can get.

    @SheldonK (Comment 70) : Well that actually makes sense I guess.

  • Comment 74, posted at 03.07.15 11:20:39 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 71) : I dunno, but there are guys who’s job it is to look for said talent, is there not?

  • Comment 75, posted at 03.07.15 11:21:30 by Leeubok Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 74) : I suppose you’re right, it makes sense. It just happened to work for the lions. If you have the cash to buy the best, then go for it

  • Comment 76, posted at 03.07.15 11:22:44 by Leeubok Reply

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  • @Leeubok (Comment 75) : Um yes and no. Yes we try recruit in our u19s..however we dont always get all the guys we need. Also guys develop at different rates- just because he is good at school in a very disciplined system doesnt mean he will be good when he has to have the self discipline to train,gym and eat correctly when he is out of school. The trying to get outside of the system is trickier as guys not necessarily available to come to the sharks and also the sharks have quite a few Boks…so to come to the union to sit behind established Boks doesnt appeal to guys. Some also dont have the stomach to fight for a place and would rather go to a team with less competition. So “recruiting/developing” is a lot harder than just saying “oh look he looks good lets play him at the sharks”

  • Comment 77, posted at 03.07.15 11:32:06 by SheldonK Reply

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  • At least we are getting together a group of players that will play CC together and will probably play a big part in SR next year. This continuity is very important, especially with half of our experienced players only joining us after the pre-season training. The more players we can get to start playing now, the more players we will have that is more familiar with the gameplan (hopefully a decent gameplan), making it easier for the guys arriving later to slot in.

  • Comment 78, posted at 03.07.15 11:33:04 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 78) : If only we could be guaranteed coach continuity with the players.

  • Comment 79, posted at 03.07.15 11:36:14 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 79) : I made sure not to mention the continuity of the coach ;) It’s really a big problem, I just hope they can sort out the coaching conundrum before the end of the year. I know that is hoping for a lot…

  • Comment 80, posted at 03.07.15 11:39:27 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Agree

  • Comment 81, posted at 03.07.15 11:42:41 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Leeubok (Comment 69) : mate, I keep my ear close to the ground. The Sharks have been trying very hard to pick up a local option, but clearly none was available.

  • Comment 82, posted at 03.07.15 11:55:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Leeubok (Comment 69) : regarding how I would feel? I don’t actually care. I am one of those rather strange people that does not agree with the concept of nationalism or patriotism, so to me where a person comes from makes no difference whatsoever.

    If a guy wants to give his all in black and white, then he’s great in my books. I don’t care where he comes from.

    Far rather have a committed Australian than a Bok who wants to be playing somewhere else.

  • Comment 83, posted at 03.07.15 11:57:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 83) : granted. Here in SA we’re used to “local is lekker”, so I can’t get my head around supporting a union that is 3/4 made up of foreign players, like some of the European/french clubs. But I doubt we’ll ever reach that level here, we have too much talent coming through the ranks

  • Comment 84, posted at 03.07.15 12:05:52 by Leeubok Reply

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  • @Leeubok (Comment 84) : Have you seen the exchange rate lately? We wont have teams flooded with foreigners trust me

  • Comment 85, posted at 03.07.15 12:10:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Hmm Oz and Nz player signings have never really worked out for sharks. Is this another Jack Wilson?

  • Comment 86, posted at 03.07.15 12:57:39 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Well, even if PSdT stays…we all know we need some additional options at look beyond the ever-more-over-30 brigade. We knew we that the youngsters we have (Hyron Andrews for one) are probably still a season or two off the senior side. So the signing makes sense. How good he is? Well, we’ll have to see!

  • Comment 87, posted at 03.07.15 13:43:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 87) : Well I can say this his previous team was misfiring badly and without a good excuse so maybe the sharks will bring out his true potential. He was highly rated at school level.

  • Comment 88, posted at 03.07.15 13:57:00 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 83) : Pretty much sums up how I feel about it too.

  • Comment 89, posted at 03.07.15 14:08:05 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 41) : I agree fully with you cause a mess is a mess and you can’t have more or less of a mess than a mess

  • Comment 90, posted at 03.07.15 15:05:28 by benji Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 83) : thank you

  • Comment 91, posted at 03.07.15 15:06:56 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 91) : Well you can bet the other union supporters already have a lot to say about the sharks being mercenaries not homegrown. Which actually a bucket of shit cause apart from the latest recruit Wilson and Perez both of whom will not feature every other guy is ex SA. And their teams are just as full of guys from other unions bought at a price.

  • Comment 92, posted at 03.07.15 15:20:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 92) : Yeah, the mercenary argument is a rather silly accusation in the modern era.

  • Comment 93, posted at 03.07.15 17:01:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • When I was a kid my dad bought me a Natal jersey. Soon I will have the opportunity to earn one. – Dave McDuling

  • Comment 94, posted at 03.07.15 17:10:13 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 94) : so Dave wants to wear a Sharks jersey – passionately so – whereas by all accounts young Blondie can’t wait to be shot of his.

    I know which one I want in MY team.

  • Comment 95, posted at 03.07.15 17:58:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 95) : with guys like this out there that wants to play for the sharks,I’m a bit over the palyers we have to beg to stay,especially the ones we offer a more than fair salary (and haven’t really done much so far to earn that salary!)

  • Comment 96, posted at 03.07.15 18:02:34 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 95) : Agree. One player doesn’t make a team. Even if you are good. Let him move on and let’s us do the same. Sharks will be there long after he has retired. Let’s get closure and carry on.

  • Comment 97, posted at 03.07.15 18:45:22 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 96) : Well said Bru. …

  • Comment 98, posted at 03.07.15 18:46:04 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 95) : You going to have egg on your face if “young blondie “decides to stay.

  • Comment 99, posted at 03.07.15 18:57:24 by grant10 Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 99) : If he decides to stay it means he really really wants to be here. Which is the point of the comment. We want those who really want to be here. So I don’t see any problem.

  • Comment 100, posted at 03.07.15 19:04:33 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @grant10 (Comment 99) : if he turns around and signs another 3 year deal with the Sharks I will personally fly to Durban and kiss his ass.

  • Comment 101, posted at 03.07.15 19:30:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 101) : LOL….and I will then disparage him with useless blondie remarks!!

    This kid , if only he can get injury free, will be the best lock on the Planet. Of that I have no doubt…..

  • Comment 102, posted at 03.07.15 19:53:47 by grant10 Reply

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  • So it turns out Dave was also captain of the Brisbane City which won the NRC last year. Surprised how I only discovered this on wiki.

  • Comment 103, posted at 03.07.15 20:05:47 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 101) : Lol…I might just join you Rob.

  • Comment 104, posted at 03.07.15 20:29:41 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 101) : That tells me you know something we don’t ;-) Well most of the time you do anyway but you get my point lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 105, posted at 03.07.15 20:53:12 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 101) : So he’s signing the TWO year deal offered by Smit then? ;-)

  • Comment 106, posted at 03.07.15 21:50:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • FFS enough already. I don’t want any player who has to deliberate so much about pulling on the black and white. If he hasn’t signed yet, send him on a steam ship down to Cape Town. How can such a player truly want in his heart of hearts to stay and win trophies for the Sharks. I agree with the comment above – we need a TEAM – like the Highlanders. A bunch of guys in a tyically under performing team coached by the same dude who has never produced spectacular results. What happened – the mix/balance of the team was spot on. These guys bled for each other.

  • Comment 107, posted at 05.07.15 07:51:11 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • Seems McDuling has some sort of SA connection. Read that his mother was a Saffer and there’s a Patrick McDuling on his FB who went to Glenwood and studied at UKZN

  • Comment 108, posted at 05.07.15 09:46:24 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 107) : If I was PSdT, I’d also have a difficult time making my decision – I’d love to play for the Sharks, but I’d also love to stay in the Cape…maybe he should do what Brendan Venter is doing, stay in the Cape, play in KZN ;-)

    P.S. – That Highlanders team will be half of what it is without Aaron Smith.

  • Comment 109, posted at 05.07.15 10:37:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 107) : To be fair to the boy…he hasn’t been deliberating…we have…we don’t have a clue what has been going on. So I’m all for just waiting for the final announcement and the going from there…

  • Comment 110, posted at 05.07.15 20:33:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 110) : with you on that one let’s see what happens!!!

  • Comment 111, posted at 05.07.15 22:13:18 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 110) : a few weeks ago he said he owed the Sharks and would stay so it should be a simple thing to sign on the dotted line, no? A man’s word should be iron. If he leaves, his word is no better than dirt.

  • Comment 112, posted at 05.07.15 22:48:58 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 108) : he said on Twitter that his dad was born in Durban.

  • Comment 113, posted at 06.07.15 08:34:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 107) : To think the Landers were only beaten by the Kings for the wooden spoon in 2013.

  • Comment 114, posted at 06.07.15 09:23:36 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 114) : yes the template is there. If the Highlanders can win it so can the Cheetahs and Lions. But do I expect them or indeed the Sharks to do do? Nope, because that same template has existed for 20 years… The Crusaders came stone last in 1996. There was a time too when even the Chiefs and Reds and our own Bulls were the whipping boys. But I wouldn’t hold your breath for the Sharks.

  • Comment 115, posted at 06.07.15 13:51:53 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • Although joining this thread in its advanced stage, I have read the entire content.
    I saw a comment about the contribution of Dick Muir and whilst Dick was an outstanding player who punched way above his weight, it is my view that he ruined a very good Natal backline. I mention this only as I have heard a whisper (and only that) to the effect that Gold is trying to reunite with Muir and bring him back to Natal as the coach.
    I have mixed thoughts about homegrown and imports and must say that thanks to OFS we had some great years under Mac and Teichman.
    It is of concern when we buy a player like Matt Stevens (now let go to France) and now Coenie Oosthuizen who has a serious neck injury. In addition (staying with the original subject) a lockish/flank with dodgy knees.
    We seem to let too many slip through our fingers most notable of whom (for me) is Bakkies Botha who is a Natal boy. So is Ruan Combrinck who is the best right wing in the country and could be our solution at fullback (where he played for Maties).
    I know of the great work at the Sharks Academy but too few seem to be retained.

  • Comment 116, posted at 07.07.15 10:58:04 by charlieharvey Reply

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