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Rob du Preez (jr) to leave the Sharks


Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Feb 2019 at 16:38
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Robert du Preez (jr) is set to leave the Sharks at the end of this Super Rugby Season. He will remain a Shark of sorts, as he is heading back to the Sale Sharks where he spent the off season on a short-term contract. The Sale Sharks have confirmed that du Preez will be rejoining them after the completion of the 2019 Super Rugby Tournament.

The (Sale) Sharks were very impressed with Rob during his recent stint there. He helped them to some big wins and played an influential role in the short time that he was there. Immediate murmurs that he would be signed more long-term have now been confirmed. The oldest of the rugby playing du Preez brothers says he is looking forward to playing a big part in the future of his new club and that he is looking forward to heading back to the UK. He added that it was an extremely difficult decision to leave the Sharks and Durban, but that it is the right time in his career to make this move.

The announcement marks a significant loss for the (Natal) Sharks, given that RdPj has clearly been their number one flyhalf since moving back to Durban. While Curwin Bosch has a lot of potential and Rhyno Smith also played in the no. 10 jersey during the recent pre-season, Rob is clearly in a very different mould. His physicality, distribution and accurate kicking game will surely be missed. The fact that he is still only 25 exacerbates the loss, as he still has his best years ahead of him.

Added to all this is the further concern that all the other murmurs floating around the (Sale) Sharks ambitions in terms of signings are also likely to be confirmed in the coming weeks. It is expected that the signings of Rob’s twin brothers, loose forwards Jean-Luc and Dan, as well as that of hooker Akker van der Merwe, will follow. Such an exodus of top players will be a blow to the Sharks and it is a real concern that all the South African Franchises simply have no chance to counter the big money offers from other parts of the world. However, it does seem that this is simply a fact of life for South African rugby in this day and age. The three years that the Sharks have had with largely this same team, is about the best that can be expected. The reality is that our franchises just have to deal with this – things like squad rotation and a good supply line from the junior ranks should be non-negotiable in this sort of context.

Despite all that – and the disappointment amongst Sharks fans – our good wishes go to the young man for the road ahead and our thanks for the good memories he provided us with in the black and white! All the best, Rob. We all hope that you can start the new chapter of your career off with a Super Rugby Trophy behind your name… :)

 



58 Comments

  • Oh ffs!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.19 16:40:51 by Die Kriek Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : what he said…

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.19 17:24:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Sale Sharks team are putting together the team that Erasmus hasn’t the balls to pick, Kitshoff ,Akker,the twins,Faf ,Rob,just need Coenie and Esterhuizen,

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.19 17:25:03 by The hound Reply
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  • I see Andries Ferreira from the Lions is also just waiting for visa issues to be cleared before signing for the Canes…

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.19 17:25:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 3) : Don’t give them any more ideas… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.19 17:26:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Hahaha isn’t that just the way. As we eventually start getting some grip the wheels are stolen overnight….

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.19 17:38:36 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 6) : That’s what you get for zooping up your car and parking it on the pavement

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.19 17:49:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • The good news guys is that sbu nkosi seems ok the removal was more precautionary.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.19 18:38:40 by coolfusion Reply

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  • And Akker was also officially announced by Sale even a pic of him in the Sale outfit and a quote from him!!!
    Like I said before if the Sharks (that is the local Natal kind) want to win Super rugby it better be this year before the (pre and post World cup) exodus hits full force!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.19 19:07:52 by JD Reply
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  • Think Bernerd Janse v Rensbug has spend enough time on holiday in Bloem time to get him back in Durbs!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.19 19:10:28 by JD Reply
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  • I hate to say this but if we lose all du preez brothers and Akker then I’m probably done with this team…and to say but how do u follow a team that is constantly losing top players…very worried about SA rugby…RIP sharks rugby

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.19 19:52:55 by sharkbok Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 10) : Agreed…didn’t think of that for the article…

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.19 20:15:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I hope the news of all the players leaving at the end of the season does not disrupt the team dynamic.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.19 20:15:42 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : me too…

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.02.19 20:26:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I read somewhere that a three month contract in Japan is worth more than a Springbok contract.

    So the only way to keep the cream of the crop here at home, is to pay them accordingly.That and making sure the best players are playing at the highest level.But if like all those players bar probably Kishoff on the Sale list, you have been bypassed for much more inferior players only an idiot with no ambition would stick around.Akker knowing that not only is he rated behind Mbonambi and Ntubeni but the over the hill Britz.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.19 20:41:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : yeah, I read something like that too…it was in an article about the new contracting system. I don’t think people understand just how much we are outgunned financially and economically…and basically as it stands we really can’t do much about this. No matter what contracting system we come up with, we cannot compete.
    I do agree with your views re: Akker in the pecking order…

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.19 20:52:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Ironically, the only way to compete is to play in the Pro14 and then try and qualify for the European Champions cup (this is where the big money is).

    Maybe its time to merge with the NH just for the financial benefit?

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.19 21:52:31 by dawj Reply

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  • @dawj (Comment 17) : The problem is that you still can’t compete…take the Cheetahs and Kings – their players are now just more closely on display to the Northern Hemisphere teams and are signed up at an even greater rate! There are too many factors that play a role and are against us…

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.02.19 22:08:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • We all knew these departures were coming especially in a world cup year and by the fact that not many Sharks are realistically on the Bok cards. So Rob and Akker just the start i feel…

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.02.19 07:58:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : yup… :sad:

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.02.19 08:27:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good thing is that we can start following and supporting Sale Sharks soon, Idid it with soccer when the teams I used to support Durban City and United were decimated,Liverpool and Barcelona was a seamless transition,

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.02.19 11:00:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : Were you a Durban City or United fan?

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.02.19 11:14:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • City all the way and you

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.02.19 12:01:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : 100% City, even played in their kit the one year i played Durban Clubs Junior Football and had a clinic with some of the guys

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.02.19 12:19:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Good days Rugby on Saturday at KP and then soccer across the road on Sunday
    We always lost the rugby but won the soccer.

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.02.19 12:24:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 25) : That old soccer stadium used to be packed out for games. I remember we sometimes played a game on the outer fields and then went in to watch the pros

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.02.19 12:37:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : Rassie quoted in that article we were talking about:
    “A South African player can earn more from a two-month contract in Japan than he can if he were to win the World Cup with the Springboks this year. That’s the reality we have to face up to.”
    Tough reality for us…

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.02.19 21:40:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : @The hound (Comment 23) : AMAZULU!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.02.19 21:53:20 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 28) : I was a big Amazulu supporter until they bought their premier league status, now i couldnt care less…and seems the players have same attitude

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.02.19 08:07:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 29) : That’s the big problem with buying top class players. A “foreign” player does not always have the “loyalty” to the team jersey that a player who came via the youth structures have. By bringing in to many “foreign” players youth players are disheartened as they and their fellow youngsters can not always progress to the top teams. Problem is to get a winning culture from scratch takes a very long time and when money is involved few people is willing to give that time!

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.02.19 12:27:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 30) : The major problem today is that a lot of people still want sport to have the good values etc from the amateurs days but still have that professional approach. Unfortunately in todays world sport is 100% a business and as such needs to be run professionally and profitably or it will not survive and compete with other forms of of entertainment that are run as businesses. Being a fan of the Sharks is much like being a fan of Nandos…comparison may be laughable but they are both business’s trying to compete for the consumers disposable income and attention.

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.02.19 12:34:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Speaking of Nandos, its amazing how often they are mentioned on British TV shows.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.02.19 13:53:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : Ja unfortunately you’re 100% correct! But luckily for people like me (who have a passion for Sharks rugby win or lose) there’s still some players like Beast that have a passion for the jersey but they are getting really few and far between!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.02.19 14:36:29 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : Nandos restaurant does well in the UK

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.02.19 15:25:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 33) : Yip we lucky to have had players like beast, Daniel, Botes, Terblanche etc who spent most of their careers at the Sharks and could pass on what the Jersey means

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.02.19 16:09:31 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 33) : Yeah, Ive gathered as much – do you know if they have the same advertisin strategy over there as they do here – they could be having a field day with Teresa May and her dancing / pool playing / Brexit shenanigans.

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.02.19 16:32:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 35) : The time will come when we will be lucky to have a world class player available for more than 2 seasons. I can half live with that (because I dont have a choice) if for those 2 seasons the guy plays his heart out for the team, and fans and in all honesty I can say that I think that is exactly what the Doep brothers and Akker have done.

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.02.19 16:40:11 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 37) : Agreed…

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.02.19 17:47:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • These guys are still Sharks players and are giving us their best while still here. So their commitment to the team and fans can’t be questioned. Teichman said in 1 media report that the Sharks had planned for this scenario by contracting a number of young players who will be given the opportunity to step up and fill the void.

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.02.19 18:42:16 by sudhir Reply

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  • So while fly half might still be a concern after SR we might just be suitably covered in other areas. Dylan Richardson has impressed at hooker /flank at age group levels as has Evan Roos(loose forward) Jacobs(TH) Gumede, Hendricks (FB/FH), Muller Du Plessis, JJ, Pepsi, Sanele Nohamba etc.

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.02.19 18:54:56 by sudhir Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 39) : @sudhir (Comment 40) : yup, this succession planning is what one has to get right…a good pipeline that gives the youngsters a chance to pick up experience before the stars leave. It’s the sort of thing we got right in 2007…

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.02.19 19:00:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @sudhir (Comment 40) : @pastorshark (Comment 41) : this might also be the reason Phepsi is getting so much game time as he is seen as the replacement for Dan?

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.02.19 09:08:36 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 42) : I like that we have Phepsi on the bench, would like to see Van Der Mescht there too or that Bulls lock we signed. I think a fairly exciting bench would be: Schoeman, Van Vuuren, DuToit, Van Der Mescht, Buthelezi, Wright, Smith, Ward

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.02.19 09:58:29 by SheldonK Reply

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  • So ive just seen pictures of Craig Burden training in Sharks kit today at kings park….wonder what the story is there

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.02.19 11:05:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 44) : If it meant him rejoining the Sharks – would be great news

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.02.19 11:09:34 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 45) : Yeh will be interesting to see what develops. Still no news from the Sharks about Chilliboy

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.02.19 11:15:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : U was just thinking this morning with our hooker stocks getting iffy we should approach Craig….how crazy is that?

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.02.19 11:45:07 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 47) : Meant I was thinking….dunno what U was doing…

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.02.19 11:45:33 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 48) : haha are you a fortune teller by any chance? :mrgreen: :cool: Judging by the photos he looks in good shape

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.02.19 11:48:09 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I see the Sharks are unchanged for this weeks game. Makes sense

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.02.19 11:48:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : Ja I also predict we will find hidden treasure with Kobus van Wyk suddenly blooming at flyhalf….or Fassi.

  • Comment 51, posted at 28.02.19 11:54:20 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 51) : Fassi played FH at school level which for him was yesterday. I wonder…
    .?

  • Comment 52, posted at 28.02.19 11:57:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 51) : Fassi much more plausible then Van Wyk i think. Not sure if Bosch and/or Fassi could handle the defense at 10 though?

  • Comment 53, posted at 28.02.19 12:21:53 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 48) : :lol:

  • Comment 54, posted at 28.02.19 13:20:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 47) : Good call…I like the idea…

  • Comment 55, posted at 28.02.19 13:20:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 53) : I dunno… I could imagine van Wyk as a more solid (defensively) Chris Rossouw. Not the silkiest, flashiest, or most elegant flyhalf, but I’m sure he’d tick enough boxes

  • Comment 56, posted at 28.02.19 14:38:16 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 56) : I dont think ive ever seen Van Wyk make a pass or kick the ball….he can definitely run and is a decent tackler though

  • Comment 57, posted at 28.02.19 14:40:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 57) : Haha, who says a FH needs to do those things?

  • Comment 58, posted at 28.02.19 14:47:01 by Karl Reply

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