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Welcome to 2018


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 Jan 2018 at 10:52
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Happy new year, Sharksworld!

Let’s hope 2018 turns out to be a good year for one and all. We’ve got a few exciting developments coming up, not least of which the return to “sensible” 15-team Super Rugby, along with the trials and tribulations of full-length tours as well as another insane roster of derby double-headers. The Sharks have been hard at work announcing contract renewals and our immediate task, now that the machine is starting up again, is to figure out what a likely Super Rugby squad looks like. The challenge, of course, is to figure out which names were not announced, since its perhaps inevitable that a player or two has been cut along the way.

In the mean time, I wish you all a blessed and successful New Year. For those back at work today (like myself) hit it HARD and hope to stay on top all the way through to December. It seems like a workable plan…

Let’s do this thing.



45 Comments

  • Greetings all! Happy new year!!! I wish you all a good one. I’ve appeared on the other side of a super hectic and stressful – but also good and succesful – time. Now I have three and a half weeks of relaxation ahead. Bring it on… :)

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.01.18 12:05:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : epic! Take it mega easy, Pastor

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.01.18 12:25:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Every January I wish I lived in Durban to watch any sharks open to the public postseason sessions, I’ve inquired about watching stormers session (know they enemy and if you love the game of rugby its just fun to watch high level training) but I didnt really get a definitive answer. Chance I may go watch some in season stormers sessions this year fingers crossed.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.01.18 19:11:52 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : thanks boss!!! And to all the family on here hope you have a sure 2018!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.01.18 19:16:32 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Thanks boss!

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.01.18 20:06:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Happy new year Sharksworlders! Hope everyone enjoyed a relaxed and safe break.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.01.18 08:45:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : enjoy the break as I’m sure it is well deserved!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.01.18 13:55:40 by JD Reply
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  • I would also be watching the prop situation keenly. Maybe it’s just a fan talking but surely it should be top of list to build some depth there. I doubt however any new signings will be forthcoming.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.01.18 14:37:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : On a semi similar note Julian Redelinghuis has announced his retirement from rugby over December?

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.01.18 14:44:37 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : Ja think it’s a good move health over rugby is the way to go!

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.01.18 15:16:28 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : ja, afraid I wasn’t all that surprised when I read that. More relieved, actually.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.01.18 16:30:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : sad to end like that but glad he can walk away from rugby! That’s also why it’s very important for youngsters to get a qualification for life after rugby because your career can end at any time!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.01.18 23:43:15 by JD Reply
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  • When is Mapimpi joining the Sharks? I see he in the Cheetahs team traveling to Italy this week.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.01.18 07:48:36 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 13) : I’ve read that he’s due to report for duty at the Sharks on 23 January

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.01.18 09:41:10 by josefgremlin Reply

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  • @MysticShark (Comment 13) : @josefgremlin (Comment 14) : ja seems like he will leave Cheetahs after the second game vs Kings on 20 January. Just think Sharks will have to manage him well seeing as he did not have much break from rugby since the start of Super rugby 2017.

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.01.18 10:37:46 by JD Reply
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  • @josefgremlin (Comment 14) : @JD (Comment 15) : I see his last game was on 1 December, so at least a bit of a break – not quite enough though but at least something.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.01.18 11:07:06 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @josefgremlin (Comment 14) : Yep reporting for duty then, agree @JD (Comment 15) : that he needs to be managed, Cheetahs rumoring that he is staying, Sharks saying he has a binding contract, hope its not Lionel Mapoe 2.0

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.01.18 11:33:06 by Richard Reply

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  • @Richard (Comment 17) : I don’t think so. Agent tells me all is fine. Not sure where the Bloemfontein rumoru comes form but it seems to be just mischief

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.01.18 12:10:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : Very promising player though. But yes there is life after rugby. Would have been nice to have a th of his caliber at sharks. Coenie must have some relief and we should not mess Thomas around anymore.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.01.18 14:23:44 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Richard (Comment 17) : @robdylan (Comment 18) : Ja think this round the Cheetahs will lose as to my knowledge he had a exit clause if Cheetahs lost their spot in Super rugby. If player decides to use it they can do nothing even if they now play in another international competition.

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.01.18 22:00:18 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : yes backup for Coenie is a huge concern! That said Meyer is looking like a possible future option at 3 and maybe just needs a little time. As for Big Tom I really hope he stays at 1 especially if rumours of Beast leaving is true!

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.01.18 22:07:40 by JD Reply
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  • the arno botha disappearance has been solved, the article stating we was off to ulster after 2017 sr was speculation on rugby24s part, his instead going to play for london irish along with Pistol piet, piet van zyl the scrummie. mitchell letting piet go, trusts in ivan and rudy

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.01.18 23:44:12 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 20) : Cheetahs play fair, so no Mapoe 2.0
    Sharks are the ones that pull the swanky shenanigans. Mapoe, Alberts, Ludik…. etc
    Mapimpi will go to Sharks after the home fixture vs Kings on 20th January. A move he will probably regret :evil:

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.01.18 08:21:00 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Richard (Comment 17) : No, Mapimpi will go to Sharks. Cheetahs don’t pull sneaky moves like the Sharks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.01.18 08:22:05 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 23) : :lol: Nahhh, Mapimpi looks like the type that wants to be tested against the best. Sure, its nice playing at a easier pace and scoring oodles of tries but once he gets into it Im sure he will love the extra challenge.

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.01.18 09:26:30 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 25) : Touche

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.01.18 10:22:57 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 25) : @KingCheetah (Comment 26) : One of these… :twisted: was meant to appear after my post..

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.01.18 10:34:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 23) : Sharks are under new management so now everything is done by the book! :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.01.18 11:37:30 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : no need to apologize with him the ” :twisted: ” is implied! :twisted:

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.01.18 11:39:33 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 29) : Your kindness is touching ….. Have a great 2018 bud

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.01.18 14:26:47 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 30) : only a pleasure! :lol: and the same for you and your loved ones!!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.01.18 15:27:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 29) : Yep at least my :twisted: is a friendly looking charachter, while his looks just angry. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.01.18 15:49:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : Ha Ha, always a matter of perception. :grin:

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.01.18 15:51:29 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 24) : Have any good props we can “borrow”?

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.01.18 17:30:32 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 34) : Two tightheads actually :grin: Gunther Jansen van Vuuren and Erich de Jager.
    They are down the pecking order, but can be useful on loan. Aranos Coetzee, Tom Both and Luan de Bruin are the other tightheads being preferred.

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.01.18 09:37:50 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 35) : #TimeToRaidTheCheetahsAgain!?!?!? :roll:

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.01.18 10:02:35 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 36) : We will help you out, selectively that is. Trade two good tightheads for the overrated and average Mapimpi :evil:

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.01.18 10:45:04 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 37) : hahaha nice try. How about a young tight head for a Springbok group member in April!? :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 08.01.18 15:35:30 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 38) : we’ll throw in Radebe as well

  • Comment 39, posted at 08.01.18 17:30:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : we don’t have him to throw around anymore. Really hope he gets a contract.

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.01.18 21:28:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 38) : @robdylan (Comment 39) : Eish! You damned horse traders, go away. We already have our own “April” in Blommetjies :evil:

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.01.18 07:17:04 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • I’m 9 days late, but better than never. Happy New Year Sharksworld folks. Wishing you all the best for the new year.

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.01.18 10:27:27 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 42) : HNY Benno

  • Comment 43, posted at 09.01.18 12:33:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 42) : same for you and you loved ones!

  • Comment 44, posted at 09.01.18 15:48:53 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 41) : hahaha flower power!!!

  • Comment 45, posted at 09.01.18 15:50:15 by JD Reply
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