Sharks announce new player signings

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Sep 2019 at 08:59

The Sharks are keeping a bit of interest going during the off season by announcing their nine new player signings one day at a time.

First to be confirmed was 23-year-old James Venter, a loose forward who played for the Lions in the recent Currie Cup Final. Venter grew up in Durban and attended Glenwood High before opting to further his career in Johannesburg.

Another player to join from the Gauteng union is winger Madosh Tambwe. The 22-year-old was born in Kinshasa in the DRC and attended Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg. This signing is not a particularly new one – he was originally slated to join the Sharks ahead of Currie Cup, but obviously that process hit some sort of snag, leading to him delaying his arrival until November.

Third to be confirmed is current WP number eight Sikhumbuzo Notshe. The 26-year-old boasts 6 Springbok caps and will help to re-stock the suddenly rather bare loose-forward cupboard, following the departures of the Du Preez twins, Philip van der Walt and Jacques Vermeulen.

Maties flyhalf Jordan Chait is the fourth player to be confirmed. He’s the son of former WP flyhalf Anton Chait.

Two more confirmations came over the weekend. Cheetahs flanker Henco Venter and WP tighthead prop Michael Kumbirai will both join the SHarks ahead of the 2020 season.

Monday morning’s surprise comes in the form of Maties lock Jordan Sesink Clee, a former Michaelhouse schoolboy who played age-group rugby for the Sharks before heading to the Cape to study.

The eighth player to be confirmed is Cheetahs loosehead Ox Nche.

We’ll update this thread as more signings are confirmed.


  • Didn’t get to see much of Venter. Of those in the know, what are your thoughts?

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.09.19 09:35:38 by Hulk Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 1) : Basic reference is that James Venter is a young version of Marnus Schoeman. He plays to the ball, likes to carry but also does get pinged for a few penalties at ruck time.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.09.19 12:22:14 by SheldonK Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : I like everything I hear except the penalties bit. Hopefully it’s an area he can work on.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.09.19 12:24:58 by Hulk Reply
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  • With us not using Zas at all do we really need another wing? Are we losing someone? I know Zas is headed back to wp but he seemed to be surplus anyway.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.09.19 12:26:38 by Hulk Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 4) : I’m pretty sure Tambwe will just be used as backup for Mapimpi and Nkosi for now. Got a feeling Mvovo may move on soon, and with Tambwe only being 22, he’s got a season or two to develop a bit.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.09.19 13:13:45 by Karl Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 5) : @Hulk (Comment 4) : We also have van wyk and even JP so not sure why we needed him. I think Ox is a good buy and we seem to realize we short at loose forward but I don’t know enough about the players to know if there is a decent blindside among them. Still need another lock

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.09.19 13:15:38 by Byron Wright Reply
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  • Has Cell C renewd their Sharks sponsorship, the unpacking of the boxes by the new signings for 2020 would indicate that they have.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.09.19 14:19:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : those jerseys looked like the 2019 editions.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.09.19 14:31:17 by Hulk Reply

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  • Kok, Notshe, Venter, Nche
    What’s the chances that the other 3 are Currie Cup guys – JPP, Ntsila and possibly Radebe?

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.09.19 23:15:25 by JR Reply

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  • @JR (Comment 9) : I can’t see Radebe having a shot at SR as he didn’t play any CC rugby this year. He was named in the squad, but never used, I believe there are 2 Venters coming, Henko and James, then Tambwe, which accounts for 6. As far as CC players are concerned, I would expect Nohamba and Boeta Chamberlain to be added to the SR squad. And since Nohmba can also cover 10, we have good cover at 10 I think with Bosch, Chamberlain, and Nohamba in a pinch.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.09.19 14:17:59 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : Nohamba did well in CC but the other u21 scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse is also very good if not better than Nohamba. he can also cover 10 and kicks for poles.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.09.19 15:36:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Everything I have heard when coaches and others talk about Nohamba is that he has one of the best rugby brains they have ever seen. The limited times I have seen him would seem to back that up. He took the starting role from Cam Wright, and deserved it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.09.19 16:23:01 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • So I heard that the Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee earned his PhD in Leadership Studies, impressive, earning a PhD in any field requires a great deal of dedication and effort. Congratulations, and hopefully he will be the right CEO for the Sharks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.09.19 16:33:11 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : I think Nohamba is very good, better than Hendrickse. Both can kick at goal and cover fly half but Nohamba is the better kicker and has started at fly half occasionally in the junior leagues. Jaden Hendrickse is a bigger more traditional scrum half. Both are very good but Nohamba has X factor and has proven himself at Super Rugby and CC. Scrum half stock looks good.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.09.19 16:37:13 by sudhir Reply

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  • Any news on who the other 3 signings are going to be? Hope 1 of them is Dweba.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.09.19 16:42:52 by sudhir Reply

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  • I’ve been praying for dweba to come to us. He is something special.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.09.19 18:33:08 by osbal Reply

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  • @sudhir (Comment 15) : @osbal (Comment 16) : Dweba is unlikey to move soon. He is loving the Cheetahs vibe. I hope Ox can play with the same freedom in Durbs as he did in the Cheetahs jersey. Personally I think, it was a premature move. But good luck to him and Henco.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.09.19 07:49:26 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 17) : I feel Ox should have been pushing for Bok inclusion and perhaps his omission has provoked his move

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.09.19 13:09:22 by Hulk Reply

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  • On another note, who saw the Chait announcement. I don’t know him at all but looks like we’ve got 3 young flyhalves next year.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.09.19 13:10:40 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 19) : Yeah, that seemed a redundancy with Bosch, Boeta and even Inny to call on.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.09.19 14:31:59 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 20) : I see Louis Schreuder has signed for Toulon as WC cover.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.09.19 15:14:53 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 18) : I agree he is bok potential, but maybe a year to go. No doubt Kitshoff, Beast and Nyakane are ahead of him on merit. That said a move to the Sharks won’t guarantee him more of a chance. He could have been part of a settled Cheetahs team in the Pro14, now he is in another environment, where a team is in a rebuild. I hope I am wrong, but I think this move could set him back a year or two.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.09.19 17:52:36 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 22) : must agree although I’m glad Ox is at the Sharks it might be a bad career move for him if Beast decides to stick around at the Sharks. Let’s hope the challenge bring out the best in him and helps him to get into the Bok team!

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.09.19 02:10:55 by JD Reply
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  • Welcome to the Sharks Henco Venter. Sharks website has him wearing the 7 jersey. Guess Notshe will be at 8 and Pepsi/Tyler at 6 with Ntsila/James Venter and Stringer playing of the bench. Very mobile loose trio.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.09.19 10:02:54 by sudhir Reply

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  • Ox is a very good addition to the squad. His ability to cover both sides of the scrum will be valuable as Thomas will be the starting TH but the back up is not up to standard. Hanro Jacobs and Mchunu are still very young and needs time to develop but Meyer has been disappointing.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.09.19 10:19:05 by sudhir Reply

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  • Ryno Smith’s versatility is going to be missed. Chamberlain and Chait will back up Bosch at 10 but who is the back up at 15? Muller Du Plessis who can also cover centre and wing or maybe Mvovo. Don’t think we need to sign any 1 as we have enough talent to fill the gap.

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.09.19 10:39:00 by sudhir Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 22) : I base my theory on Cheetah players seemingly overlooked by Rassie. I just feel guys from the Cheetahs and Kings don’t get a real consideration until they join one of the bigger unions. Perhaps some kind of subconscious dismissive national psyche.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.09.19 07:46:41 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 27) : I can understand that point of view, but don’t think it is the case. Rassie is astute enough to not leave any player worthy of recognition out of the selection frame. He has also spoken highly of the “the test match” nature of Pro14

    The simple truth is, that prior to this season, no Cheetahs and Kings players have been worthy of selection. Ox has been there and there abouts, and Dweba has come along in leaps in the CC.
    Apart from them no Cheetahs player has really been a bok option as yet. They were rebuilding last year, after losing a raft of stalwarts. But even now they will battle against the top Pro14 sides. The top 4 sides have at least 8 or 9 internationals in their teams. That is the realitu.

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.09.19 11:18:24 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • So far: Kok, Notshe, Venter, Venter, Nche, Tambwe, Kumbirai, Chait

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.09.19 12:00:00 by Baylion Reply

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  • So out goes- Coenie in comes Kumbirai
    -Beast(?) in comes Nche
    – Twins, phillip, Vermuelen in come Kok, Notshe,Venter,Venter
    – Rob Jnr- Chait
    -Ruan Botha in comes?
    – Akker in comes?

    looks like we doing a good job of bringing in numbers but you wonder a bit about our quality. We have most likely also shed a few mill from the wage bill.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.09.19 10:30:36 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 30) : It is very difficult for unions to make like-for-like replacements of top end players and still come in under budget. They either recruit retirees or journeymen or they go for youngsters to develop.

    BTW, Kok plays wing

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.09.19 10:37:17 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 30) : Jordan Sessink Clee in for Botha. I think we’ll use Dylan Richardson and Fez Mbatha as backup to Kerron van Vuuren.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.09.19 10:46:18 by war1 Reply
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  • Sharks signed former Maties lock Jordan Sesink-Clee

    No clue who he is

    Edit: I see he played some SSRC games for WP and played CW for KZN in 2015

    H: 201cm
    W: 108cm

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.09.19 10:46:53 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 31) : Talk is that Kok will be converted to openside flank. AFAIK he played centre. But he’ll still be with the Blitzbokke for a little while.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.09.19 10:47:51 by war1 Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 31) : True I get that but we could use a old head in the pack. We seem to want kok as a flank.

    @war1 (Comment 32) : Forgot about Mbatha that makes the three we need. ok so there is the lock hope he is good.

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.09.19 10:53:31 by Byron Wright Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 34) : He’s currently playing for Toulouse on loan. I think he retired from 7s

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.09.19 10:54:38 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Byron Wright (Comment 30) : I think we’ll see Tyler Paul shift to lock with Botha leaving.
    van Heerden and Paul at lock gives the pack a lot more grunt than van Heerden and Andrews. Not sure what loosies to play next year, but I’d like one more big man with 2 faster lossies.

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.09.19 10:58:32 by Hulk Reply

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  • Would like to know what the length of the contracts are coz aside from Ox and Henco, the others probably signed to add depth to the squad for SR. Sharks have a number of talented youngsters who need another season or two at least to develop before being thrown in the deep end. Sensible decision. The twins were held back by Rdp until they were ready and look at how brilliant they have become.

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.09.19 11:45:55 by sudhir Reply

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  • Did I miss something or has there been an official announcement on Ox Nche and Werner Kok as all ive seen is rumours? Some of the signings are a bit odd to add depth, bearing in mind the new contracting model and how many players a Union is allowed to sign. We must be letting go quite a few guys in the wider group.

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.09.19 09:14:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 36) : nope he’s just in France as a medical joker so is only a short term contract whilst the World cup is played. As far as I know he want’s to “retire” from 7′s after the Olympic games in 2020.

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.09.19 10:27:48 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 39) : From 2 September:
    “Sean Everitt, who will be confirmed as Super Rugby coach this week, said he is delighted to have the services of Venter and Nche.”

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.09.19 10:40:18 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 41) : Ah ok, just havnt seen anything about Nche being unveiled

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.09.19 11:04:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 42) : Just been confirmed

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.09.19 11:34:55 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 43) : If Beast doesn’t retire and decides to stick around things could get interesting. I have a feeling he has informed the Sharks of his decision already but will only make it public after the RWC

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.09.19 11:50:20 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Selections in 2020 will definitely be interesting…I really do think we need to back the speed wherever possible, even if youngsters.
    So 1. Nche 2. Van Vuuren 3. Du Toit 4. Paul 5. Van Heerden 6. Buthelezi 7. Notshe 8. H Venter 9. Nohamba 10. Bosch 11. Mapimpi 12. Esterhuizen 13. Am 14. Nkosi 15. Fassi
    Bench to include guys like: Richardson, Van Der Mescht, J Venter, Schreuder/Wright, Chamberlain, Ward/Tambwe/Van Wyk

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.09.19 12:08:55 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 44) : I just hope Ox can play with the same freedom, that he enjoyed at the Cheetahs. He revelled in the quick momentum game at the Cheetahs. That is what made him such a hit!

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.09.19 12:31:06 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 46) : don’t think it would be a problem as seemingly the Sharks are trying to play more attacking and open game so should be right what he’s use to.

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.09.19 12:56:03 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 46) : He wasn’t always in the starting side at the Cheetahs and often played off the bench as Franco tried to up the tempo in the 2nd half.
    To my knowledge the looseheads – Beast, Schoeman, Nche, Majola
    Tightheads – DuToit, Meyer, Kumbirai

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.09.19 14:05:42 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 48) : I agree he didn’t always start according to Franco’s tactics, but the times he didn’t start was more rotation. He was undoubtedly the preferred choice. Especially when Charles Marais was injured.
    @JD (Comment 47) : I hope so, Bud. Hope the move works fir both parties. He is a special player. At least we kept Dweba….. for now :lol:

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.09.19 15:08:19 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 49) : Any news players at the Cheetahs? Do you guys still get to use Griquas players like you used to in Super rugby?

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.09.19 16:05:27 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 45) : Good selections but I am not too excited about Notshe at 7.

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.09.19 16:16:48 by Bokhoring Reply
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