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Chadwick heads to France


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 31 Aug 2016 at 09:45
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The Sharks confirmed late yesterday that prop Dale Chadwick has been released – pretty much with immediate effect – to join Narbonne in the French Second Division.

The 27-year-old loosehead could not be more of a born and bred Shark; born in Westville, he attended the local high school while representing the province at both under 16 and under 18 level, before moving on to the Academy and an age-group career that saw him play under 19 rugby in 2008 (the last year the Sharks won a trophy at that level) and under 21 rugby for two years following that. Chadwick also picked up a single senior Currie Cup cap in 2009, but had to wait a further two seasons to make his mark on the senior side, starting every game for the Currie Cup side in 2011 before making his Super Rugby debut in 2012.

Ever an understudy to Beast Mtawarira in the number 1 jersey, his career cap tally in Super Rugby now stands at 44, with 51 Currie Cup caps.

The timing of this announcement – and the Sharks’ decision to grant an early release from a contract that expires at the end of the current season. Chadwick has always shown loyalty to the Sharks and has been patient when denied further opportunities to improve through game time; on the contrary, the Sharks have stuck by him through the good and bad, with a slump lasting a good few seasons still fresh in the memories of many fans. Chadwick has been on fire this season and looks a key member of a Sharks pack that looks capable of challenging for a much-needed Currie Cup trophy. I’m sure I’m not the only fan questioning why he would opt to move on now, rather than sticking around to finish what’s been started.

The Sharks, being their magnanimous selves, have chosen not to block the move, clearly feeling that it would be cruel of them to deny the player an opportunity that appears to be time-sensitive. Looking at it again from the perspective of a fan desperate for some glory, I have to question that decision. Can we not put the needs of the team and the fans ahead of a player’s personal ambitions, for once? It would be different if we had good loosehead props beating each other up for selection, but the reality is, Chadwick’s imminent departure leaves the current squad exposed.

The Sharks now have only three Currie Cup props – Thomas du Toit, John-Hubert Meyer and Juan Schoeman. Du Toit is starting at tighthead – in line with his long-term career aspirations – while Meyer is a useful utility but currently also being played only on the right hand side. Schoeman, and the currently on-loan Barend Potgieter, are thus the only senior looseheads left and frankly, neither looks a real world beater at this stage. There is hope in the form of under 21 captain Mzamo Majola, but with Super Rugby 2017 already looming large, the Sharks are also very thin in terms of quality backup to the ageing Beast Mtawarira at Super Rugby level.

Good luck Dale and thanks for the memories. I hope it works out for you there.



58 Comments

  • Sad loss..

    Have to question the timing, but nothing can be done now but look forward and find the next player willing to put his body on the line. There must be a plan if he is released without delay, so it will be interesting to see what transpires..

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.08.16 09:52:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Just as he was beginning to show great form. Even KSA must admit that Dale has been looking great recently.

    I suppose recent form also contributed to the french offer.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.08.16 10:01:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good luck to Dale…and perhaps this move was in his plans long ago hence his improved effort and form this year? It does leave the Sharks in a bit of a pickle. With Adriaanse and DuToit at tighthead we have that fairly covered, we also have Coenie Oosthuizen…and surely all 3 cant get the game time they want? The at loosehead barring Beast there isnt really anyone putting their hand up as the clear 2nd and 3rd choice

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.08.16 10:07:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Smaller lose but Chris de Beer also left for France the other day.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.08.16 10:13:58 by Nostraseth Reply
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  • @Nostraseth (Comment 4) : Isnt he a hooker?

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.08.16 10:20:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Frankly Beast is in the best form this year either…and aging. ..I wasn’t happy to hear of this move as I felt he had gained some great form. Good luck Dale. Teich already in the front seat as of the 1st…so let’s see what he does….hopefully get plum back and keep DuPreez ..but we need to look at depth carefully going fwd

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.08.16 10:21:34 by Sharkfinn Reply

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  • @Sharkfinn (Comment 6) : I meant Beast ISN’T in the best form this year…improved lately nut not the best he has been

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.08.16 10:22:51 by Sharkfinn Reply

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  • Best of luck Dale.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.08.16 10:23:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Now we are in the sh*t upfront

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.08.16 10:24:47 by John Reply

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  • But isn’t Coenie ACTUALLY a loosehead?

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.08.16 10:28:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : yup.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.08.16 10:28:39 by Nostraseth Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Probably also the first real offer he received. :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.08.16 10:33:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Good luck Dale hope the move is a huge success!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.08.16 10:42:54 by JD Reply
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  • @Nostraseth (Comment 11) : Thought so…was quite highly rated but a bit injury prone if my memory is correct

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.08.16 10:43:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Good luck Dale, hope your performance upward curve continues.

    At the same time Im not chuffed that this happens during a, so far, good campaign.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.08.16 10:53:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : is Coenie even a prop? It’s hard to be sure watching him play :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.08.16 10:54:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • not happy about this

    Thomas (the tank) du Toit can play both sides so when lourens is back l guess he will be on the bench or start ahead of lourens at tight head. and sometimes play loose head

    Beast is loosing steam

    Majola is really promising

    Schoeman has had good performances from time to time when he has played

    Can John-Hubert Meyer play both sides of the scrum ?

    Barend Potgieter is reported to have been a good player, glad his at the kings so that he can be exposed to CC level

    We’ve had dale for years now and his only 27, his finally playing really well, having overcome his injuries. his mobile, and good on defense. I would have preferred me kept him for at least the currie cup.

    Counie, oh Counie .. mostly poor at TH this year, and aparently he shouldnt play loose head because of the neck injury he had…

    This is not great

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.08.16 11:02:10 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • I honestly cannot fathom what compelled the Sharks to grant Dale an early release. This union is not just good at shooting itself in the foot, it seems to take actual delight in doing so.

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.08.16 11:03:03 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    Ah, my memory is failing me..

    He can’t because of his neck..

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.08.16 11:12:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) : I wonder what sort of hooker Coenie could be, ala Ollie Le Roux? Although the lineout codes may just be too much for him….

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.08.16 11:30:04 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • A year or two ago i wouldn’t have been too fussed at the prospect of Chumlee heading off to France, but it just shows how much he has upped his game that his imminent departure is causing so much consternation. Good luck Dale, hope you do well in France.

    On the scrumhalf front, Ungerer had better start passing properly again or he could find himself looking for a contract with some obscure 2nd division French side. I hear Ruan Pienaar is leaving Ulster and knowing the Sharks past recruitment style he could be in their sights.

    Hope not though.

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.08.16 11:57:58 by jonnow Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 20) : Thats where i believe he should play…lose a couple kgs and stick him between DuToit and Adriaanse and that is a large front 3. As for the calls one of the locks can just wave and he just throws it to them. :)

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.08.16 12:03:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @jonnow (Comment 21) : Chumlee ;-) , excellent,and so the last of Reece Edwards Westville schoolboys heads for the horizon

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.08.16 12:08:16 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : Khaya Majola still here- isnt that same generation?

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.08.16 12:09:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : You are right,sole survivor.

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.08.16 12:10:43 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 25) : Was a good Westville generation that. But yeh very interesting he is sole survivior

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.08.16 12:35:19 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Reece was their schoolboy coach,still think we should have hung ontoTian Meyer from that crew ,he never got a fair look in.

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.08.16 13:29:18 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : Tian Meyer, Chris Micklewood, there is that monster lock as well cant remember his name. Chadwick played SA schools, Khaya Majola

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.08.16 13:31:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 28) : Mickelwood was a big disappointment,really thought he would go all the way nd he did the square root of nothing,Brynand Stander was another one.

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.08.16 13:34:45 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 28) : Rawlinson? Or was he a previous generation

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.08.16 13:38:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Rawlinson was a DHS boy he actually was capped by the All Blacks and was a bit older than these guys,he was massive 6ft 7

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.08.16 13:42:48 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : We are talking about Greg Rawlinson

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.08.16 13:43:41 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 29) : @The hound (Comment 32) : Yeh Rawlinson was at DHS then wen to the Blues. I cant recall the Westville lock, he ended up at the Liosn for a bit then overseas…also never fully achieved but huge potential. Micklewood probably played his best rugby overseas but i dont think it was a calling for him and he did well through natural talent more than any effort. He was still one of the best club rugby players in KZN till he retired last year

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.08.16 13:46:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : Rawler the brawler,he only got 4 caps for the Backs, be about 36 now,

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.08.16 13:50:55 by The hound Reply
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  • BLACKS

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.08.16 13:51:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 34) : Speaking of large and old locks you see that Brad Thorn is going to play next year

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.08.16 13:52:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 36) : Thats idiotic the guy is over 40 ,and as most of the know it alls on here will tell you that at 1,95metres he is too short for a lock, ;-) ;-) and will never make it.

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.08.16 13:58:13 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 37) : Far too short and old i agree :)

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.08.16 14:07:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : George Earle

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.08.16 14:08:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : Thats the man…knew he had two first names

  • Comment 40, posted at 31.08.16 14:17:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : No but remember this,a different Earle,

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.08.16 14:21:06 by The hound Reply
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  • Excited to watch all three Sharks teams play on Saturday

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.08.16 14:40:17 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 17) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) : Are we sure Coenie not being able to play looshead isn’t just a rumour that has become accepted as fact over time?

    Megatron pointed out yonks ago that Coenie picked up neck injuries every time he played tighthead for a few games in a row. He seemed to eventually overcome this. Are we getting the two confused by any chance?

  • Comment 43, posted at 31.08.16 15:54:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 43) : Apparently the verdict is that Coenie can play loosehead for a short period so say 60min or so and cannot do it repeatedly week in week out.

  • Comment 44, posted at 31.08.16 15:56:37 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 43) : See comment 13 in this thread: http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2012/06/12/coenie-misses-out-on-more-caps/ for context

    @SheldonK (Comment 44) : I’ve tried to track down news articles mentioning this but I’ve come up empty before. Could be that my Google-fu was weak.

  • Comment 45, posted at 31.08.16 15:58:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 45) : I cannot remember when or when the article was that mentioned it, i remember it was within another article. But yeh apparently the situation is as i said above. So nevermind the Coenie playing TH issue…im still confused why Thomas DuToit wants to play Tighthead…

  • Comment 46, posted at 31.08.16 16:00:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : I found this on a forum that says it was originally posted on Keo (can’t find it there though):

    Cheetahs scrum coach Du Randt believes a successful positional switch will have major benefits.
    ‘Coenie’s transition from loosehead to tighthead prop was always on the cards,’ Du Randt told keo.co.za. ‘It’s a position he played in at school level. With WP Nel gone, the Cheetahs need a long-term replacement there too.
    ‘First of all, it will help prevent future neck injuries. At tighthead, you scrum with both shoulders and that offers you more support. At loosehead, you only scrum with your left shoulder. So if something goes wrong, it’s easier to get hurt.

    So your info is most likely legit even though articles mentioning it are difficult to find.

  • Comment 47, posted at 31.08.16 16:08:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 47) : Pardon the ignorance, but doesn’t a loosehead only scrum with the right shoulder…?

  • Comment 48, posted at 31.08.16 16:18:17 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 47) : To be honest instead of moving him to TH they should have developed him into a hooker

  • Comment 49, posted at 31.08.16 16:18:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 48) : Yeh the left arm/shoulder is meant to keep the scrum up

  • Comment 50, posted at 31.08.16 16:20:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : Even in Bloemfontein,that guy is too ugly to make it as a hooker.

  • Comment 51, posted at 31.08.16 16:20:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 51) : Big call that…not much to do in Bloem on a fri if cheetahs arent playing.

  • Comment 52, posted at 31.08.16 16:23:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 51) : lol good one

  • Comment 53, posted at 31.08.16 16:26:21 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 52) : I have faith in humanity trust me not even in Bloom

  • Comment 54, posted at 31.08.16 16:27:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 48) : In the Free States, looseheads scrums with their left shoulder which also explains Coenie’s injuries

    @The hound (Comment 51) : Drops mic, walks away :cool:

  • Comment 55, posted at 31.08.16 16:38:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 51) : Ice cold! :cool:

  • Comment 56, posted at 31.08.16 16:51:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : He seems to be quite at home at the Cheetahs. Between him and Shaun Venter they are solid enough at SH. Will be interesting to see where they are going to fit JP Smith in.

  • Comment 57, posted at 31.08.16 17:47:48 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 55) : :evil: :mrgreen:

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