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Sharks announce French pre-season tour


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Nov 2015 at 15:29
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It just keeps getting better for European-based fans; the Sharks have confirmed that not only will they play Toulouse in February, as we reported earlier, but will, in fact, play a rematch against Toulon as well as part of a two-match pre-season tour.

The release confirming these fixtures is below. Well done, Sharks!

The Cell C Sharks travel to France in February 2016, on a pre-season tour ahead of the start of their Super Rugby campaign.

There are two games lined-up for the tour with a visit to Stade Mayol first up to take on two-time European champs Toulon on Friday, 5th February 2016. The final match of the tour will be against Toulouse on Thursday, 11th February.

We believe that in order to be the best you need to play the best. These matches against the best European Rugby Clubs in recent history marks an ideal opportunity to fine tune our preparation for an important Vodacom Super Rugby season ahead.

Confirming the match, Gary Gold, The Sharks Director of Rugby said: “We are excited about our pre-season tour to France. The quality of the opposition we will be facing will ensure that we get the necessary preparation we require ahead of the start of our Super Rugby campaign.

“Our players will also enjoy the challenge presented by the full strength Toulon and Toulouse teams and it is sure to be a fantastic rugby occasion for those two matches.”

A full strength Cell C Sharks squad is set to make the tour and fans can look forward to two entertaining and action-packed encounters.



79 Comments

  • “full strength Cell C Sharks squad is set to make the tour”
    Hardly full strength without the players who will be in Japan.

    Hope both of these will be televised, and I hope for no injuries.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.11.15 15:35:22 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : Lambie will be there…that equals full strength :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.11.15 15:36:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I love these matches but hope the French clubs field close to their best teams. Beating Toulon was great last year but it felt like they fielded a watered down side. I hope this becomes an annual occurrence.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.11.15 15:37:04 by Hulk Reply

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  • Lekker! Looking forward to it!

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.11.15 15:37:48 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.11.15 15:38:22 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Great to see them play two top teams before super rugby.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.11.15 15:44:56 by JD Reply
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  • That’s great now fill up January too. We need lots of practice.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.11.15 16:09:37 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Don’t see the point of this really. Rather travel to NZ and play against those teams you’ll face in SR. They’ll provide a much better benchmark and really show you where you are short.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.11.15 16:14:06 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 8) : umm, logistically? No.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.11.15 17:00:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 8) : it’s about fans in Europe and to create brand awareness there! If SA rugby ever decided to go play up north then Shark brand will be known.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.11.15 17:05:45 by JD Reply
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  • Good stuff…I like…

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.11.15 17:17:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Imagine playing Montpellier as well, that would be a trip. But this is good stuff. We have to wait 3 months but I might just be able to do it

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.11.15 17:28:13 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Cheers Rob just booked my flights £76 return on BA

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.11.15 17:31:51 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 13) : where are you flying to and what dates?

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.11.15 18:06:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : flying the 11th and coming back the 15th LHR-TLS and TLS-LGW

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.11.15 18:20:36 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 15) : oh ok, so only going to the Toulouse match. I was trying to figure out a way to do both.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.11.15 18:22:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : No unfortunately I will be skiing from the 30 Jan to 6 Feb

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.11.15 18:28:59 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 17) : That is unfortunate :)

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.11.15 18:35:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : NOT :D :D

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.11.15 19:00:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • *jealousy*

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.11.15 19:38:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • See the Cheetahs have announced their training squad. I am slightly more optimistic. Very young side, but we can go places.
    LH: Danie Mienie, BG Uys, and Teunis Nieuwoudt
    Hkr: Torsten, Jacques du Toit, Huggett, Neil Rautenbach and Joseph Dweba
    TH: Maks van Dyk, Aranos Coetzee, and Luan de Bruin
    4L: Lood de Jager, Boela Serfontein, Hilton Lobberts and Armandt Koster
    5L: Carl Wegner, Justin Basson, Dennis Visser, Reniel Hugo, and Francois Uys
    6: Boom Prinsloo, Paul Schoeman, Tienie Burger, Gerhard Olivier
    7: Mohoje, Uzair Cassim, Henco Venter.
    8. Neill Jordan, Willie Britz and Steven Meiring
    SH: Shaun Venter, Tian Meyer, Zee Mkhabela, Ruan van Rensburg, and JP Smith
    FH: Zeilinga, Neil Marais, Sias Eberson :evil:
    11: Rhule, Maphutla Dolo
    12: Mike vd Spuy, Joubert Engelbrecht, reinhardt Erwee, Tertius Kruger
    13: Francois Venter, William Small-Smith, Nico Lee
    14: Rayno Benjamin, Sergeal Peterson
    15: Coenie van Wyk, Clayton Blommetjies

    Interesting to see Dennis Visser in Cheetahs colours. He dropped off the grid for a while. Was quite a prospect at the Bulls two years ago.

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.11.15 19:53:16 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Is the Super Rugby squad size is 39? See some of the NZ squads are 40, other as little as 36?

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.11.15 20:00:43 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • If its 39, then I reckon the Cheetahs final squad, bearing injury could be:

    LH: Danie Mienie, BG Uys, and Teunis Nieuwoudt
    Hkr: Torsten, Jacques du Toit, Neil Rautenbach
    TH: Maks van Dyk, Aranos Coetzee, and Luan de Bruin
    4L: Lood de Jager, Boela Serfontein,
    5L: Carl Wegner, Dennis Visser, Reniel and Francois Uys
    6: Boom Prinsloo, Paul Schoeman, Tienie Burger,
    7: Mohoje, Uzair Cassim, Henco Venter.
    8. Neill Jordan, Willie Britz
    SH: Shaun Venter, Tian Meyer, JP Smith
    FH: Zeilinga, Neil Marais, Sias Eberson :evil:
    11: Rhule, Maphutla Dolo
    12: Mike vd Spuy, Joubert Engelbrecht, Tertius Kruger
    13: Francois Venter, William Small-Smith
    14: Rayno Benjamin, Sergeal Peterson
    15: Coenie van Wyk, Clayton Blommetjies

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.11.15 20:05:29 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 8) : no thanks, I’d rather we not do that, lets see us play a good team we dont often play or one we never played before even if they put out a mostly second team
    @Seth101 (Comment 1) : thats the first thing I thought too, they shouldnt have added that line in the statement

    whose in japan JP, kanko (or is he with the 7′s now permanantly), bothma, willie (or willy to the euro commentary team lol)

    who else ?

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.11.15 20:11:15 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 24) : Marcell?

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.11.15 20:26:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Jacques Potgieter?

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.11.15 20:51:17 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 21) : it’s not going places that’s difficult its the coming back part that’s a bitch!!!!! trust me being a Sharks supporter I know that veeeerrrryyyyy well!!!! ;-D

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.11.15 20:54:10 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 21) : how the hell did you manage to get Visser away from the bulls?

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.11.15 22:04:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great to see the Sharks marketing the brand in France! Here’s to hoping that it’s a good tour, that we see some improvement on this years shambles and no one gets injured.

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.11.15 07:21:52 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : I think he is behind quite a pecking order, and wants game time. Bulls have Orie, Jason Jenkins and RG Snyman in the queue ahead of him. I am chuffed.

    With the Sharks getting tall timber in the form of Ruan Botha, the Stormers with Eben, Klein and PSDT, we were short of some tall timber. Now all the franchises in SA have pretty decent locks, except maybe the Kings, who may not even have a team.

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.11.15 07:50:30 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 30) : Tell us more about Visser please. I don’t know his pedigree as a player so a bit of background would be great.

    If he was a Bulls junior then I’m assuming SA Schools and SA u20.

    You guys look like you have a useful looking squad.

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.11.15 08:25:33 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : They will also be competing in Super Rugby,so guess their season will be ending sooner,isn’t Marcel and those guys back at end of January or something,vaguely remember reading something to that effect.

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.11.15 08:26:39 by BarendL Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 31) : Also haven’t heard much about him and am curious…

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.11.15 08:36:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 33) : I think it depends on how their teams do…Japan has a weird end to their season…

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.11.15 08:37:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Oh and Grant Hattingh is also at Bulls

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.11.15 08:46:51 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @BarendL (Comment 32) : I heard the same. They want their top players playing Super Rugby but don’t want to weaken their league at all so have changed the dates.

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.11.15 08:52:26 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 35) : He has never kicked on as much as I thought he would.

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.11.15 08:53:32 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 31) : 2m 120kg dob 20/1/93 baby bok 5-lock.shares the same dob as christiaan de bruyn who was recruited for cc by the sharks (lock/loosie).

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.11.15 08:55:50 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 38) : That’s a massive Number 5. Sounds more like a number 4! :shock:

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.11.15 08:59:38 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 31) : there is a 4:30min upload of him on youtube

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.11.15 09:00:17 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 40) : i still feel the sharks need a strong 4-lock.we need to add power behind our front-row.

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.11.15 09:02:46 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 37) : Yes he hasn’t. lets hope he will at the Cheetahs. Lood was also a relative unknown, despite just having missed out on Junior Bok selection at the time, when Etzebeth was a Junior bok.

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.11.15 09:31:04 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Ayumu Goromaru is joining the Reds.

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.11.15 09:34:54 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 38) : That is correct. So the Cheetahs can arguably play Lood at 4. (205 cm and 122 kg), and Visser (200 cm and 120 kg), or Wegner (200 cm and 117kg) at 5.

    Back up locks can be Reniel Hugo (197 cm 117kg) Boela Serfontein (196 cm and 116kg) and Justin Basson (194cm and 116 kg)

    Francois Uys can likely play 7

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.11.15 09:38:19 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 8) :

    My thoughts exactly. How well did the French match suit the Sharks last year??? The Sharks won the match against a weakened Toulon team and it all served no purpose at all. The Super Rugby start was below par and did not go on to be much better.
    If they really want to be prepared they should go and play the Hurricanes (or Highlanders) and the Crusaders in New Zealand OR the Brumbies and the Waratahs in Australia. That would serve as good preparation for Super Rugby.

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.11.15 09:39:18 by Den Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 43) : Product of the Sharks Academy if memory serves?

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.11.15 09:39:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 30) : gideon koegelenberg (hugenote in wellington),who played junior rugby for the sharks ,is at the lions.he is 1.99m tall and weighs 115kg.21 years old.played couple of games for u19 sharks whilst still in matric.

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.11.15 09:44:02 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 47) : that would be Kotaro Matsushima ,the left wing.
    Goromaru was the fullback.

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.11.15 09:48:02 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 41) : that is a non negotiable. Your 4 lock has to be strong.

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.11.15 10:00:31 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 47) : Shucks how did you guys let him slip. Lions also have Lourens Erasmus, who made quite a debut in the CC. Together with Martin Muller and Franco Mostert. So they are pretty well served at lock too.

  • Comment 50, posted at 05.11.15 10:07:12 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Den (Comment 45) : 100%. It’s a different brand played in unfamiliar conditions which you won’t be exposed to during the SR competition. Everyone knows that our southern hemisphere cousins always come up with something new that catches all SA teams off guard.For me if the Sharks were serious about making strides in SR they’d measure themselves against NZ/AUS teams. Our trip to France last year gave us a false feel good feeling. We went into the Cheetahs game totally unprepared and the match against Toulon didn’t help us identify the areas that needed work. In fact, it was only after a couple more games did we realize that we are under cooked. IMO. A warm up match against NZ or Aus will show us our weaknesses much better than playing a Europe based side. Yes it’s good for the fans but those will be the same fans shitting you out if you deliver another 2015 season.

  • Comment 51, posted at 05.11.15 10:07:18 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 49) : Do you think Lood can make an effective 4 lock. He certainly adds lots of power behind the Cheetahs front row when he plays, even at 5.
    Cheetahs should be able to put a better tight 5 onto the field, than was the case last year. Caylib Oosthuizen was a frustration to me. Really weak prop, and the mind boggles why they held onto him for so long.

    Our possible option for the tight 5 are:
    LH Prop: BG Uys (190/117/27), Danie Mienie (178/115/25), Teunis Nieuwoudt (186/118/24)
    Hooker: Jacques du Toit (184/103/22), Neil Rautenbach (178/98/25), Elandre Huggett (178/108/24), Torsten v Jaarsveld (175/108/29), Joseph Dweba (175/105/20)
    TH: Luan de Bruin (183/126/23), Maks van Dyk (186/118/24), Johan (Aranos) Coetzee (187/122/27)
    4L: Boela Serfontein (196/116/27), Armandt Koster (193/108/26), Lood de Jager (205/120/23), Justin Basson (194/116/22)
    5L: Carl Wegner (200/118/25), Francois Uys (195/114/30), Reniel Hugo (197/110/25), Dennis Visser (200/120/22)

    Your thoughts?

  • Comment 52, posted at 05.11.15 10:11:44 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 50) : a lot of players “slipped through”!!!!!! Think he was injured and remember we had PSDT.

  • Comment 53, posted at 05.11.15 10:18:42 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 52) : I would play Lood at 5 that way your tight 5 will have a lot of grunt!! That is until he goes to play in Durbs!! :twisted:

  • Comment 54, posted at 05.11.15 10:22:35 by JD Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 50) : giant (1.99m 115-118kg),jacques potgieter (1.94m 115kg)and etienne oosthuizen (1.98m 120kg).
    and robert kruger (1.92 105kg/1.94m 106kg)?

  • Comment 55, posted at 05.11.15 10:24:37 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 54) : yes,injuries

  • Comment 56, posted at 05.11.15 10:25:22 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @Den (Comment 45) : I really think you are reading too much into preseason games. Those trips are more about team bonding and getting contact in a match situation than anything. The Sharks comfortable beat the Lions prior to the CC this year and well we can see how good an indicator that was.
    The travel time etc to Europe is much better than to NZ so less taxing on the players. With a lot of new faces this trip is good for team bonding.

  • Comment 57, posted at 05.11.15 10:27:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 52) : Lood is one of those special players that can play on either side of the middle of the scrum and still fulfil the roses required by the two positions in the line outs and the loose. He however is immense at that number 5 role and does it better than anyone in the country including my boy PSDT. Due to the value I would get from him at 5 I would not move him to 4. I would in fact go out of my way to get a proper traditional 4 to handle most of the tight stuff to allow Lood to be Lood. Eben is great but feel he still needs to tighten up his game. Once he does that those two will make an even better combo.

  • Comment 58, posted at 05.11.15 10:29:47 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 52) : Lood can definitely play 4. In the modern game you will see more and more hybrid locks excelling not just the light tall guy playing 5 and the heavier shorter guy at 4.
    Any of Etzebeth, DeJager and PSDT can play 4 or 5 equally well.

  • Comment 59, posted at 05.11.15 10:33:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 48) : Gotcha, thanks!

    @SheldonK (Comment 57) : My feeling too. These French trips are glorified contact sessions which have a nice team bonding side benefit. I’m not against the idea of a proper warm-up match or two against Aus/NZ opposition, it definitely couldn’t hurt to get some rust out of the way but I’d arrange those after a French trip. Only problem of course is the additional travelling to Australia or New Zealand. It’ll take it’s toll later in the season proper.

  • Comment 60, posted at 05.11.15 10:38:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 59) : not Etzebeth. I don’t rate his ability to call lineouts as anywhere near strong enough to be a 5.

  • Comment 61, posted at 05.11.15 10:40:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 54) : Then who to play at 4? Dennis Visser and Carl Wegner are out and out 5 locks. I would want all three in my starting 22.

  • Comment 62, posted at 05.11.15 10:50:45 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 58) : I do agree, but then it leaves Franco with a conundrum. As I wrote to JD, both Wegner and Visser are out and out 5 locks. If we use one as a 4, and play Lood at 5, we can use Francois Uys at 7, with Paul Schoeman at 6, and Willie Britz at 8.

  • Comment 63, posted at 05.11.15 10:53:12 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : Practise makes perfect. Lood was a newbie till entrusted to do it. We want players to play this expansive game that requires good decision making yet we say a guy cant even call a lineout- which really isnt that difficult. If we want to empower players to make decisions and play whats in front of them them we should do it across the board. We like to put SA players in their little bubbles and say stay there but then we want them to be exciting free thinking players…no wonder the poor guys look confused. Not having a go at you as i understand your thinking, its just that if we want our SA players to take on a new approach we need to trust them more.

  • Comment 64, posted at 05.11.15 10:58:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 60) : not saying it is but it also could be that the sponsors would like to have greater product awareness in new markets other than SA, so playing there in full kit in Europe will help with this as later in the year they will automatically get it in NZ and OZ during Super rugby.

  • Comment 65, posted at 05.11.15 11:01:31 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 62) : ja for you it could work to play him at 4 but for Sharks (and Bokke) he will be better at 5.

  • Comment 66, posted at 05.11.15 11:03:34 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 60) : i just look at those NZ sides warm up games against each other and the results never mirror what happens in the season. Its a bladdy long season so the more warm up games means the more likely guys will be injured/tired later in the comp. Well unless u hav a massive squad.

  • Comment 67, posted at 05.11.15 11:10:53 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 62) : Except that 22 players don’t start a game. Only 15 do. :)

  • Comment 68, posted at 05.11.15 11:22:53 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 68) : Also, a super rugby matchday squad has 23 players, not 22. ;)

  • Comment 69, posted at 05.11.15 11:26:39 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 69) : really hope that from next year all competitions in SA will have 23 player and not 22 like now!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 70, posted at 05.11.15 12:30:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 65) : Could very well be the case

  • Comment 71, posted at 05.11.15 12:50:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 51) : @Den (Comment 45) : I agree fully,rather go play against some ITM cup teams ,what this WC showed is SH rugby is in a different league to NH rugby,also these trips are not only about team building etc,its to gauge where a team is at,this is just a waist of time

  • Comment 72, posted at 05.11.15 14:40:39 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 72) : I think you underestimate the strength of the club sides in Europe as they are very different to the National teams there. There are a lot of foreigners playing in europe that obviously dont play in the national sides up there. Yes thy dont always put out their strongest side but neither do we. At full strength those european teams are very strong. The travel time makes playing a friendly there much more viable. In terms of guaging where a team is in a preseason game…history is shown tat form in preseason means nothing. Its all about getting contact in a match situation.

  • Comment 73, posted at 05.11.15 14:55:19 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 73) : But you play against a side that is conditioned to play a different type and brand of rugby that we are not going to experience in SR. So what are we really benefiting from that trip in terms of play? What are we going to learn from that trip besides the strength of our scrum?

  • Comment 74, posted at 05.11.15 15:16:04 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 74) : Well 1 thing the Sharks have been poor at of late is our forward play. So getting a good test over there will be a good indicator. Match practice is match practice…i really dont think style of play makes a difference in terms of what you are trying to do? It rains just as much in NZ as it does in France. Taking the long trip to NZ, to play a very tough game, probably incur a loss(based on SA sides record in NZ) and then a long trip back…im not sure of the real value in that? By the time those games come around the Sharks style of play will be set…not much is going to change because of that game, irrespective who we play

  • Comment 75, posted at 05.11.15 16:10:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 75) : HM would agree with you. That team won’t test us in the areas we want to see before the competition starts. Don’t want another 2015 where we see in round 5 that there is no defence. Should they keep Gold there and we have another 2015 there is going to be hell to pay.

  • Comment 76, posted at 05.11.15 16:32:19 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/coetzee-heads-to-japan
    If this article is correct then Marcell is only in Japan until 31 January…if all the Japan contracts are like that for our men, then we will be full strength for the French tour…

  • Comment 77, posted at 08.11.15 16:34:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 76) : Again i really think you read too much into preseason games. I bring up the Sharks/Lions CC warmup game. Lions were by far the best in the CC yet we comfortably beat the in the warm up. So what did we learn from that?

  • Comment 78, posted at 09.11.15 08:31:06 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Why not go to Japan where the effort would be a great deal more meaningful?

  • Comment 79, posted at 13.11.15 10:54:03 by charlieharvey Reply

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