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Welcome back Koegies!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 18 Sep 2017 at 12:45
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The Sharks have this morning confirmed the signing of former age-group lock Gideon Koegelenberg on a 2-year deal.

2.02m tall Koegies was a big signing for the Sharks at junior level back in 2011 and even played a few games for the under 19 team while still in his matric year at Hugenote in the Southern Cape. Unfortunately, as is so often the case with early bloomers, Gideon suffered a succession of injuries that curtailed his participation in rugby for much of his junior contract term – a sole appearance for the Sharks XV in 2013 being the only real exception.

The Sharks cut ties with the young man not long afterwards and it’s been a long road back to Durban, including stints with the Lions and Zebre in Italy. Still only 22 years of age, he returns a far more experienced player and will look to add much-needed depth to a Sharks second row thinned out dramatically by the loss of Etienne Oosthuizen to France and Stephan Lewies (albeit temporarily) to Japan.

The Sharks have not revealed whether Koegelenberg is available for immediate Currie Cup selection, but my assumption is that he could probably play in the competition if needed/

Welcome home Gideon. Let’s make this work.



19 Comments

  • Welcome and good luck…

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.09.17 12:48:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Some good news. Hope he can start playing this season already. Welcome back!

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.09.17 12:53:03 by HeinF Reply

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  • Is it combined the signing as in there is another one to announce or did you mean confirm?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.09.17 13:01:19 by Dunx Reply

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  • @Dunx (Comment 3) : no boet, I just can’t type for shit.

    Confirmed the signing.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.09.17 13:02:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Small correction – Hugenote is in Wellington, in the Boland. Juan de Jonghs old school.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.09.17 13:06:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : kewl bud. thanks for clearing up for me. I almost got excited that there was another nice signing in there

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.17 13:07:13 by Dunx Reply

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  • I remember when he was still at school in the Boland but running out for the Sharks in Durban on weekends – crazy things happen in modern rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.17 13:24:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Lets see if he can stay injury free…from what i do remember he is quite a useful player

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.17 13:24:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I’m happy, SR depth chart: Botha, lewies, Hyron, Gideon, paul, droste .. if needed vosloo, his good at flank as well though

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.17 13:29:17 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : ag fok – the Cape is a confusing place.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.09.17 13:30:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Yep, I dont know all of the schools down here but many of my inlaws went to Hugenote.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.09.17 13:46:20 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Not that bad a place, you must just come and visit! Hugenote always struggle, most of the best athletes from the primary schools in Wellington usually go to either Boys High or Paarl Gim

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.09.17 14:19:15 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 12) : I think all the Boland High schools and a good few from Cape Towns Northern Suburbs suffer from the magnet that is the Paarl / Stellenbosch schools area.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.09.17 16:04:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Welcom back Koegies!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.09.17 19:24:29 by JD Reply
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  • it’s been confirmed that Koegies is available for immediate selection

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.09.17 19:28:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : That is true. Talked to learner in SACS the other day, he also said most of his Afrikaans friends from primary school went to either Paul roos, Paarl Gim or Boys High. Why they are so competitive, very wide area to draw players from!
    @robdylan (Comment 15) : Very good news, will hopefully see him in action in the next few weeks

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.09.17 21:13:57 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Would be tough if he leapfrogged our current locks dont you think?

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.09.17 10:44:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : That should be our lock depth sorted right?

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.09.17 11:45:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : good news although Tyler Paul has put in some huge performances as a lock!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.09.17 16:54:14 by JD Reply
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