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Sharks Super Rugby 2017 signings confirmed


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 31 Oct 2016 at 12:30
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We’d like to welcome the following players to the Sharks for Super Rugby in 2017. Their signings were confirmed by the union a few minutes back.

Young prop Enoch Mnyaka joins from the Boland Currie Cup squad, whom he represented this year after moving on from the EP Kings age group ranks. Enoch has just turned 23 and is considered a bright prospect at tight head, an area where the Sharks are looking to add depth. Sharks COO Eduard Coetzee describes the youngster as “a scrummager in the BJ Botha mould”, a comparison sure to warm the hearts of Sharks fans if he does go on to emulate the former DHS boy who anchored the Sharks scrum un-movingly for so many years. Enoch has signed on for an initial 2-year stint.

Another young player joining the forward ranks is former Western Province and Junior Springbok loose forward Jacques Vermeuelen. The tall 21-year-old represented South Africa at two Under 20 World Championship tournaments and also has senior Currie Cup experience. Coetzee tells us he’s been brought in because of his strong pedigree and utility value, since he can provide cover at tight lock as well as blindside flank. Vermeuelen has signed a 3-year contract.

Among the backs, Leopards and Namibian World Cup centre Johan Deysel finally joins the Sharks formally, on a two-year contract, after a pre-season loan spell last year. Deysel will add important depth in midfield and at 25 years old is still young enough to deliver his best years of rugby to the Sharks cause. With the other centres in the squad all still 23 and under, Deysel will presumably also be looked to as a slightly older statesman in a very young midfield.

Also in midfield, Junior Springbok captain Jeremy Ward joins the Sharks on a 2-year deal; this is a signing that has been previously confirmed.

Former Stormers wing-cum-centre Kobus van Wyk signs for 3 years. At 1.9m and 94kg, the 24 year old is seen as an important asset in a back three that can do with a bit more beef. Van Wyk has been on a short stint in France, but has committed to being a part of the Sharks’ story for the foreseeable future and we look forward to some great play from him in black and white.

The final signing is one that is perhaps a little harder to understand. The Sharks are moving to a model where they invest heavily in players who are prepared to reciprocate and make long-term commitments to the team. 34-year-old former French international Clement Poitrenaud is hardly one who is going to be able to stick around beyond the end of his one-year contract, but Coetzee tells me that this signing is one that has been made with a specific tactical purpose in mind. With young players in Curwin Bosch and Rhyno Smith earmarked as future long-terms assets at fullback, the Sharks felt that both could benefit from having an experienced player in the mix, who could mentor and help their game develop. As a player who has committed his entire career to a single team in France (Coetzee tells me that Clement has been with Toulouse from the age of 6), as well as a veteran of 50 test matches for les Blues, it is felt that he is exactly the right sort of player to assist and supplement the talent already in the squad, both in terms of on-field performances and also off-field culture. Clement can also cover inside centre and Coetzee assures me that the young players in question have bought into this signing and understand the thinking and I would encourage fans to welcome Clement to the team along with the others, trusting that he will add great value to the squad in the short time he is with us.

The bulk of the Super Rugby squad will thus comprise existing players who have shown loyalty to the Sharks. A raft of contract extensions have also been announced and I will cover these in a separate article.



70 Comments

  • Good things all around!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.10.16 12:34:56 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • Thanks Rob

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.10.16 12:37:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • The best Sharks teams have always had a bit of French flair. And Curwin and Ryno do need an experienced guy to mentor them.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.10.16 12:38:47 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Well done Sharks! Some proper signings these. Must confess, I was a little peeved with the Clement signing, but after reading Coetzee’s comments I can understand the reasoning behind it. I am sure Bosch and Rhyno will both benefit from his wealth of experience.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.10.16 12:43:34 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Great news! Happy to see Poitrenaud there to pass on advice to Bosch and Smith. Mentoring is a good thing and I don’t expect him to play much.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.10.16 12:43:54 by ChrisS Reply
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  • So nothing on the coaching team. Maybe they are still looking for a defense guru. Would love to get Omar back. Take it guys like Astle won’t be going to the Kings.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.10.16 12:46:18 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • I’m very happy with what I see here. I can’t wait to see Enoch as I noticed him play and thought he looked useful. If he grows into anything like BJ Botha it’s a fantastic addition.

    I was very nervous going into 2017 with such inexperienced Fullbacks and glad we have someone with lots of experience (and some flair :grin: ) to help them grow. Don’t know much about Clement but hope he is a solid option that can make his tackles.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.10.16 12:47:25 by Hulk Reply

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  • The main question i have is: Which of the players signed are currently injured?
    Overall i think the signings are ok. Going to be interesting to see where each is utilised and the general pecking order come 2017

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.10.16 12:47:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • “The Sharks are moving to a model where they invest heavily in players who are prepared to reciprocate and make long-term commitments to the team.”

    This has me more hopeful than any signing. Hope it applies to our head coach too.

    (Anyone else feel that scrumhalf depth may still be a concern?)

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.10.16 12:49:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • What happened to Hansie Graaff?

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.10.16 12:50:14 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : why so pessimistic? It’s not like the sharks have a habit of signing croaked players :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.10.16 12:50:14 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 11) : I know it hardly ever happens…but just thought id ask… :cool:

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.10.16 12:52:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : Well when Cobus returns from injury we have him, Claasens and Ungerer. Do we usually have more than 3 in a squad?

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.10.16 12:52:05 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 13) : Add to then Henco Venter and the Namibian Damien Stevens

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.10.16 12:54:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 13) : Doubt it but Claasens and Ungerer blew really hot and cold this season. Maybe it’s an area (coach) Rob plans to address though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.10.16 12:55:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : Correct. Forgot about them… @vanmartin (Comment 15) : True.. but I guess time will tell. Hopefully there will be more focus on skills all around.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.10.16 12:58:14 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 13) : I know Reinarch isn’t everyone’s favourite player but it just goes to show, with him being injured, how much we rely on him. Hope he comes back better than when he left.

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.10.16 12:58:17 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 17) : I have said it before and I will say it again, when Reinach is on song, there is very few that can match him. Defensively and general play.

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.10.16 12:59:48 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Some interesting signings and time will tell how well they adapt, fit in and contribute to the Sharks cause, at this juncture… ‘Welcome boys to the Sharks set up and hope you have a successful time here in the Sharktank’

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.10.16 13:09:53 by stevovo Reply
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  • A great big welcome to all the new players!!! Hope you enjoy your time in Durbs and will give us a lot of good memories!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.10.16 13:20:31 by JD Reply
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  • Well with Clement and Odwa in the team the average age of the backs will at least be over 25!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.10.16 13:29:15 by JD Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 6) : coaching team to be confirmed later in the week. Rob leads, Sean E coaches the backs and a new TBD forward coach comes in.

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.10.16 13:32:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Any idea of who that forwards coach may be, Rob?

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.10.16 13:37:12 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 23) : shortlist of 3. I have two of the names, but I can’t reveal them. We’ll have to wait until the end of the week.

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.10.16 13:37:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Fair enough. I will ask you this though.. are you happy with the said candidates so far?

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.10.16 13:38:52 by Another Nick Reply

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  • you guys just need to be patient . building a team takes time . The new players needs to get accustom to the new culture and environment

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.10.16 13:38:57 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Welcome to the Sharks men…all the best!

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.10.16 13:39:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : I haven’t asked him yet, but seeing as your comment addresses forwards coach: any idea what lies ahead for Strudwick? Redeployed back to the junior structures?

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.10.16 13:41:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 28) : yes. Strudwick and Ricardo will coach the CCQ and u21 teams.

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.10.16 13:47:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Another Nick (Comment 25) : the ones I know about, yes, but for different reasons. There is one name in particular that would make me VERY happy indeed if he were appointed. Former Sharks player with plenty of coaching pedigree.

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.10.16 13:47:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Now that must be either Wynand Claassens,Ollie le Roux or Johan Ackerman

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.10.16 13:58:26 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : Albert Van Den Berg perhaps…

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.10.16 13:59:55 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : no.

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.10.16 14:03:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Stoked! Thanks Rob. Will wait for the official announcement later in the week. Until then, let the speculation commence! ;-) :razz:

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.10.16 14:13:07 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : Claassens is still better than Ungerer though.

    Ungerer’s passing is a concern. I far preferred Venter. His speed of pass and speed to the breakdown was much quicker! Ungerer puts more pressure onto his flyhalves.

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.10.16 14:19:44 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 32) : So its seems by the silence that it is Bert from the mountain

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.10.16 14:24:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 36) : Cant think of anyone else at the moment

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.10.16 14:39:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) :

    This obsession with ex-sharks players is seriously unhealthy.
    What happened to Natal Union that burst onto the scene in the 90s by actively recruiting people and ideas from everywhere?

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.10.16 15:13:16 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 36) : No, it’s not him either

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.10.16 15:14:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : Its the return of Smitty ;)

  • Comment 40, posted at 31.10.16 15:23:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 38) : I suppose we are trying to bring the culture back to the union that was formed in the 90′s. Only those who were there will know truly what that was and how to bring it back. I say at this point we should bring back true Shark men, granted outside opinion is always welcome and I wouldn’t turn away somebody just because he didn’t play for us.

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.10.16 15:27:55 by Hulk Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : two words: Shaun Sowerby!!!

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.10.16 15:55:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 42) : ooooh, that would be a good one. But no.

  • Comment 43, posted at 31.10.16 16:22:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : That leaves Wahl Bartmann,Tommy Bedford and Wayne Fivey,unless itsJohn Allen ,can’t be Dickie because he was a back.

  • Comment 44, posted at 31.10.16 16:42:35 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 44) : My personal wish Mark Andrews,those twins could learn such a lot from him.

  • Comment 45, posted at 31.10.16 16:44:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : deon carstens?

  • Comment 46, posted at 31.10.16 17:44:28 by 50shadesofshark3 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : bad news was really hoping for him!!! Maybe John Plumtree?!?!?!

  • Comment 47, posted at 31.10.16 18:04:59 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : I think I like that…but does that mean Ricardo is not our skills coach anymore (or what was his portfolio?)?

  • Comment 48, posted at 31.10.16 18:14:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 48) : seems like it and yes he was originally appointed as a skills coach.

  • Comment 49, posted at 31.10.16 21:46:52 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : for the live of me can’t think of any other ex-Sharks players with forwards coaching credentials!!! Now you will have me curious (and wrecking my brain) for the rest of the week!!!

  • Comment 50, posted at 31.10.16 21:56:22 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : shit forgot about the obvious one Rob Kempson but that is to obvious so can’t be!

  • Comment 51, posted at 31.10.16 22:01:26 by JD Reply
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  • So chuffed at the moment just realised for the second time ever I was able to finish top in a Sharksworld Superbru group!!! Just got to love NZ rugby!!!

  • Comment 52, posted at 31.10.16 22:27:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 51) : ja, it could never be that obvious, could it? Far more likely to be Ollie le Roux, who has never coached so much as a high school cheer leading team :)

  • Comment 53, posted at 01.11.16 11:24:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 53) : Speaking of Ex Natal players- Hugh Reece Edwards side Rustenberg Impala won the Gold Cup quite convincingly. Some large units in that side.

  • Comment 54, posted at 01.11.16 12:16:27 by SheldonK Reply

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  • http://m.sport24.co.za/sport24/Rugby/SuperRugby/michalak-sharks-the-best-club-ever-20161101
    We love you too, Freddie!

  • Comment 55, posted at 01.11.16 13:36:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 55) : there are a lot of things I hate about Sport24, but their nasty little habit of turning a public tweet into a meaningless click-bait article is right up there at the top of the list.

    /rant

  • Comment 56, posted at 01.11.16 13:48:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 55) : @robdylan (Comment 56) : ja boet at least it’s something good about the Sharks!!! Wonder what it will cost to get Fred to join Clement in Durban!!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 01.11.16 15:59:56 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 54) : he was their coach but he’s not anymore. Nico le Roux is their coach.

  • Comment 58, posted at 01.11.16 16:05:36 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 58) : Yeh i see that. Interesting as im almost positive they mention Hugh Reece Edwards as coach earlier in the comp. Oh well

  • Comment 59, posted at 01.11.16 16:10:15 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 59) : maybe he was and left them during the competition?! Really don’t know just saw le Roux on TV and article as head coach.

  • Comment 60, posted at 01.11.16 16:15:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 60) : Yeh i saw the article just now. Hmm wonder what he is up to now then…

  • Comment 61, posted at 01.11.16 16:19:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 61) : check on Wiki they must have it and you can 100% believe them!!! ;-)

  • Comment 62, posted at 01.11.16 16:23:34 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) : I hear you…terrible…and all pervading if you scan through their stories!

  • Comment 63, posted at 01.11.16 21:39:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 63) : Of course, when it involves the Sharks I tend to fall for the bait!! :grin: Sorry…

  • Comment 64, posted at 01.11.16 21:41:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 64) : don’t feel bad we all do!

  • Comment 65, posted at 01.11.16 23:25:05 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 64) : On the news 24 boat, they keep saying they have it on record that Lambie prefers 15 to 10. Did I just miss that article, when did he say he prefers playing FB?

  • Comment 66, posted at 02.11.16 09:00:25 by HeinF Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 50) : @robdylan (Comment 53) : Adrian Garvey maybe?

  • Comment 67, posted at 02.11.16 09:03:31 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 66) : Your answer lies in the first few words of your comment…on the news24 boat

  • Comment 68, posted at 02.11.16 09:06:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 68) : True, that is why my first reaction is questioning the statement ;)

  • Comment 69, posted at 02.11.16 09:50:23 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 67) : @robdylan (Comment 53) : all I know is that I was hoping it’s me but they’re not phoning so guess it’s not me!?

  • Comment 70, posted at 02.11.16 12:23:42 by JD Reply
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