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Sharks Currie Cup Squad announced


Written by Udo Lütge (pastorshark)

Posted in :Original Content on 9 Jul 2019 at 07:22

New Currie Cup coach Sean Everitt has announced his Currie Cup squad for the upcoming 2019 season. The defending champions launch their shortened campaign – this World Cup season sees only a single round of fixtures before the knockouts – this Friday evening against Griquas at King’s Park.

Everitt has announced a squad that looks to have a nice mix of experience and youth. On the experience end of the spectrum, the Sharks welcome back an old stalwart in JP Pietersen. After several seasons in Europe, JP is back for two Currie Cup seasons (and, presumably, one Super Rugby season) to bolster playing resources – I think at fullback he may prove a valuable option given how thin our resources are there – and to mentor the youngsters. From there he is being earmarked for a coaching role. Old hands like Lwazi Mvovo, Coenie Oosthuizen, Craig Burden and Louis Schreuder bring a lot of experience, but frankly so does the bulk of the squad in people like Cam Wright, Jeremy Ward, Jacques Vermeulen, Kobus van Wyk and several more. It is good to see so many of the celebrated juniors of the last season or so being taken up into the squad and fans will be keenly following the fortunes of players like Pepsi Buthelezi, Fez Mbatha, JJ van der Mescht, Sanele Nohamba and Dylan Richardson…amongst others! And of course Tera Mtembu is back from injury. It will be interesting to see Inny Radebe back in action – he has been the forgotten man of Sharks rugby and hopefully he can have a good season.

The Sharks have gone with a co-captaincy this season and Tera Mtembu and Jeremy Ward will be at the reigns together. Interestingly Louis Schreuder, the successful Currie Cup captain from last season and the Super Rugby captain, is not one of the co-captains, officially because he will be missing a substantial portion of the campaign through injury. I think it is wonderful that Jeremy Ward gets this opportunity and also think it is not bad at all that Cam Wright gets a proper go at scrummie with the back up of Williams and Nohamba.

Everitt has been talking up the attacking approach that the Sharks will be employing. For the most part it sounds like just so many sound bites before the season starts…especially since he also made the confusing statements that the Sharks were so good on attack in Super Rugby and they want to carry on from there. Were we so good on attack in Super Rugby?! The stats seem to say something very different. Anyway, it will be interesting to see what happens in the season ahead.

Go Sharks!

The full squad of 39 is:

Bandisa Ndlovu, Aphelele Fassi, Coenie Oosthuizen, Boeta Chamberlain, Craig Burden, Cameron Wright, Cullen Collopy, Curwin Bosch, Dylan Richardson, Grant Williams, Fezo Mbatha, Ilunga Mukendi, Gideon Koegelenberg, Inny Radebe, Hyron Andrews, Jeremy Ward (captain), Jacques Vermeulen, JP Pietersen, JJ van der Mescht, Kobus van Wyk, John-Hubert Meyer, Leolin Zas, Juan Schoeman, Louis Schreuder, Kerron van Vuuren, Lwazi Mvovo, Khutha Mchunu, Marius Louw, Kwanda Dimaza, Muller du Plessis, Luke Stringer, Murray Koster, Michael Meyer, Rhyno Smith, Mzamo Majola, Sanele Nohamba, Phepsi Buthelezi, Ruben van Heerden, Tera Mtembu (captain)



55 Comments

  • It’s a nice squad. I hope they do well this year.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.07.19 07:31:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Yeh interesting mix, some names I don’t really know and some included that I thought wouldn’t be around. Interested to see the team selection for Friday…I hope Everitt is bold in his choices as playing it safe will get us nowhere in the future

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.07.19 07:37:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Greetings meneer! How are you keeping?

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.07.19 07:57:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : Absolutely agree…

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.07.19 07:59:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Agreed, good looking squad… I really thought that Hendrikse lad would be a shoe-in though. Even at FH maybe or FB cover

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.07.19 08:07:49 by Karl Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 3) : I’m good thanks. Work keeping me super busy. I’m a bit excited again, though, with Sean finally in charge.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.07.19 08:19:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think Sean refers to the Sharks actually managing this season to hold onto the ball for much longer periods – according to SA Rugby Mag we are joint second in the competition in putting 7+ phases together. The challenge now is to make use of this improved ability by speeding up our game and adding some unpredictability to score more tries.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.07.19 08:34:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 5) : I think they have left him as first choice 9 for the u21s. Nohamba basically just cover until Shreuder is good to play, but Nohamba is a good player too. I see Hendrikse’s brother was the Craven week 10.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.07.19 08:47:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Wasn’t Coenie Oosthuizen going to join Sale at the end of SR season 2019?

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.07.19 08:47:46 by coolfusion Reply

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  • On wing rotation week I would start JP at wing and move him to 15 to give Fassi a break. Otherwise start him at 15 last 15 minutes. We really must get Fassi up to speed ASAP and the way he’s been going he shows he is ready for that to happen now.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.07.19 08:51:54 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Ja, saw him play once or twice for Glenwood this year. Classy player

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.07.19 08:58:20 by Karl Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Thanks for the u21 info. I completely forgot there was anything else going on!

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.07.19 09:09:42 by Karl Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Good stufe…I’m lying on a warm and beautiful beach as I write this…on a long overdue holiday!! I’m looking forward to what the coaching change brings…

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.07.19 11:14:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : Fair enough…my issue is, though that a lot of that phase ball was close quarter stuff…and it didn’t seem to be too far from 10-man rugby to be honest…but maybe I am being to harsh…I didn’t have a chance to watch much rugby in the last two months…

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.07.19 11:15:49 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : agreed…

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.07.19 11:17:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : It definitely was not very effective

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.07.19 11:21:20 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JD for yesterday…hope you had a goodie!

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.07.19 12:43:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : Thanks Pastor. Yes always nice to get spoiled a bit! ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.07.19 15:29:00 by JD Reply
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  • Good squad. I thought that Vermuelen and Coenie were goners but it seems they here at least for a while.

    I am not expecting huge things but some good attacking play would be nice because without the Du Preez twins and PVDW our loose trio seems more suited to a faster game and Wright plays quickly(it is now or never for him though he is going to get a decent run and his decision making must reflect the regular game time) with Curwin also favoring running rugby we are well placed to play fast rugby. Ward for me is a 13 and I would have kept Louw at 12.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.07.19 15:59:25 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/watch-bulls-bosch-teaser/

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.07.19 17:31:05 by Choochi Reply

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  • Bosch heading to the Bulls?
    https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/watch-bulls-bosch-teaser/

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.07.19 18:31:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Choochi (Comment 20) : @pastorshark (Comment 21) : Seems not, Twitter response from the Sharks:

    Comedians… all jokes aside. You keep your Bosch. We’ll keep the one with WIN in his name.
    @Curwinbosch10 vs @BouwerBosch

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.07.19 19:52:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : Thought it might be something like that. I think I’m relieved!

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.07.19 20:43:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : Can’t imagine what the Sharks would do without Bosch at 10, go with Inny?

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.07.19 20:46:40 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : Helluva morale booster for the other Bosch… “Hey let’s fool everyone and pretend we signed a Springbok Bosch, but we actually have the no-name one”

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.07.19 20:58:53 by Karl Reply

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  • Sharks side for the Griquas game looks really impressive! Jem and JP in the centres and Cam for the start (obviously). I think I have high hopes for this campaign

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.07.19 21:10:10 by Karl Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 26) : JP wasn’t that great at center before he left and he was younger too. I would rather have him operate at wing or FB.

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.07.19 05:47:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 24) : Sign someone…

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.07.19 11:44:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 28) : Easy to say but who is available that we would want?

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.07.19 12:36:24 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) : Frans Steyn?

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.07.19 13:13:50 by sudhir Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) : Hayden Parker needs to find a new team with the Sunwolves being kicked out of super rugby

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.07.19 13:14:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : I cant imagine that Parker has not already been snapped up. I would be very chuffed if he came our way.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.07.19 13:30:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) : sign a Stormers flyhalf…du Plessis or that other bloke…if their financial woes are really so bad we should be able to get one of them…or Ben10 back…

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.07.19 13:31:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : Nothing concrete yet I believe although a couple NZ sides hovering

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.07.19 13:32:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 33) : Yip, Ben10 would be a good option. I really rated him a lot. Is he still with the Cheetahs? That guy was not scared of the physical stuff. Some good pilfering skills too.

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.07.19 13:44:29 by Choochi Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 33) : Du Plessis? Are you deliberately trying to get The Hound’s blood pressure up? Now that Stander chap I’d be happy with though!

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.07.19 14:26:01 by Karl Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : Parker has ruled himself out of SuperRugby in 2020. He has a contract with Kobe Steelers in the Japan League and their league does not start until January 2020. The Blues are after him, and he said he is not available until 2021. I believe the Sunwolves last year is 2020, and he has said he is not even playing for them. See this article:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12242648

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.07.19 14:28:09 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 36) : LOL Sharks supporters, especially those on this site wouldn’t like any of them, especially once they made one mistake.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.07.19 14:29:20 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 37) : Oh interesting. He seems content in Japan

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.07.19 14:47:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 38) : :mrgreen: aint that a fact.

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.07.19 15:02:56 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • It will be interesting to see if Boeta Chamberlain gets a run at some stage. It will be a big step up for the youngster but he has been performing very well for the u21′s and I presume that may be why Everit has pulled him in. I hope he is still available to be picked for the u21′s when not considered for the CC team.

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.07.19 15:12:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I see Ruan Pienaar has signed for the Cheetahs…their current 9 and captain for CC Tian Meyer cant be too excited about that.

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.07.19 16:00:58 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : I know he enjoyed playing for Tony Brown, perhaps Brown’s appointment as Japan Asst Coach is a factor? I wonder when Parker is eligible to turn out for Japan….the RWC?

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.07.19 16:12:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 42) : Tiaan won’t be put out by this at all. He is a team man, and Ruan will be a very useful utility player for the Cheetahs in Pro14.
    He can mentor the promising young scrummies like de Haas, Diaan Badenhorst. He signed for two years and can cover FH and FB for the Cheetahs. Super chuffed :razz:

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.07.19 16:23:06 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 44) : You will probably get Frans Steyn as well – apparently he is looking for an SA home

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.07.19 16:37:36 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 44) : I was hoping that the Sharks would have got Ruan as I know he was keen to get back to Durban but the Sharks are over covered at 9. Pienaar offers so much though.

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.07.19 17:01:57 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 38) : hey, we got into Percy didn’t we? Once he wore the right jersey he started playing decently. Before that he was muck!! :mrgreen: Why not the same with one of these guys…especially if we don’t have anyone else…

  • Comment 47, posted at 10.07.19 17:05:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 45) : Dunno ??????? he is bound to carry a big price tag. But will wait and see. If he does sign it will be a major boost for the Pro14. :grin:

  • Comment 48, posted at 10.07.19 18:39:45 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 46) : Yes he remains a class act, and will offer so much value. See he has signed for two years.

  • Comment 49, posted at 10.07.19 18:40:45 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 50) : Would love to see him in a Cheetah jersey, just not sure it will happen.

  • Comment 50, posted at 10.07.19 19:22:44 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 48) : Speculation is Frans wants to settle down in bloem/SA and isn’t too concerned about finances as his saved up enough, sound like your getting the end of career discount in terms of salary expectation.

  • Comment 51, posted at 10.07.19 21:27:55 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 48) : not sure he will have such a big price tag as he seemingly want to settle in Bloem. Cheetahs also have a chance of getting Paul Jordan as it’s close to his family farm so if he still want to play rugby and be near the family farm it will be his best option.
    If Cheetahs can sign all three Grey old boys it will be a huge boost for their Pro14 campaign!!!

  • Comment 52, posted at 10.07.19 22:40:04 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 52) : indeed

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.07.19 10:34:11 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 51) : Will be a great addition to the squad. @JD (Comment 52) : Agreed, it would be a massive boost for us.

  • Comment 54, posted at 11.07.19 19:57:11 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Does anyone know of a website that has all player statistics, i.e. appearance, scoring statistics over the full history of unions. I’m looking for some stats on former Natal players…you know, like they used to have in the matchday programmes in the 90s…matches played, tries scored, etc.

  • Comment 55, posted at 12.07.19 16:39:53 by pastorshark Reply
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