Welcome to Sharksworld. A site where we discuss rugby. All rugby.
I’m Rob and I run the site, together with my bunch of faithful helpers, whose names you can see below. I support the Sharks, of course and am pretty passionate about them, hence the name of the site. That doesn’t mean we don’t post stories about other teams and that we don’t welcome fans from anywhere and everywhere. Just have a sense of humour and be able to laugh at yourself from time to time and we’ll get along great.
We started the site back in February 2008 and are still going strong – in fact, we’re growing all the time. With a registered user base of slightly over 1 500 users, at the time of writing (May 2013) we average around 4000 unique visits every day, which translates to around half a million page impressions every month. Our focus is mostly on original articles that one of our contributors has written, but we occasionally carry news stories from other sites, with their permission. Original stories are clearly distinguished from those we have found “in the news”. In 2009, we launched our sister site, JustRugby.net, where we run our popular Last Man Standing and Fantasy League competitions.
We are in no way officially endorsed by the Sharks (Pty) Ltd or the KwaZulu Natal Rugby Union, although we strive to co-operate closely with those bodies wherever possible.
This is primarily a fan site and we welcome submissions from anyone who has anything they’d like to say. If you’ve written something that you’d like to see up on the site, get in touch and we’ll gladly put it up, so long as it’s vaguely on topic. And we do mean vaguely! Even better, if you have the gift of the gab and would like to be a regular contributor, let us know. Diversity is what will help us grow.
Although we will occasionally stray onto the politics of rugby, that’s not the primary focus here. This is mostly about what happens ON the field. There are plenty other sites that focus on the shenanigans at SARU. So if you really want to go off about how much you hate Regan Hoskins, or Cheeky Watson, or whoever else… this is not really the place. Politics in general is a no-no, so if you do find yourself straying onto the subject of Malema, Mugabe, crime, affirmative action or anything along those lines, please be understanding if an administrator gently guides you towards another topic. (For more on the subject of gentle guidance, please see the Rules).
Let’s keep it all rugby – and all for fun.
Drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Here’s a little bit more detail about the guys behind Sharksworld and how to get hold of us if you need to.
|Rob Otto (robdylan) is quite possibly the most passionate (and one-eyed) Sharks supporter that has ever existed in this or any other age. He uses FaceBook to stalk all the players and has on occasion even attempted to advise Dick Muir on selection and coaching matters. This was not always well received. Rob’s slightly spurious claim to fame is that he went to high school with John Smit and nursery school with Geoff Appleford. He was never much of a player himself, though, although he did captain the Pretoria Boys High Sixth team once. Rob lives in Kent with his beautiful wife, adorable daughter and young son, who will be a future Shark. He screams a lot when the Sharks lose. Mail: email@example.com|
|Andre Bosch (KSA Shark) is one mixed up puppy. Born and raised in Durban, where he learned everything he knows about rugby, he was later shipped off to boarding school in Kroonstad, where they tried (and failed) to convert him to the Orange cause! Now he lives somewhere in the desert with his lovely wife and two beautiful girls. KSA is the proud owner of no fewer than four English rugby jerseys. We can only assume he uses them to keep his 4×4 spotlessly clean. He is an active referee, so don’t take him on when it comes to the laws. And if he shows you a red card, he really means it. He loves the Sharks, as well as taking frequent afternoon naps with his favourite kitten. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Clayton Saville (provincejoulekkading), or PJLD for short, is our resident party animal. A regular on the sevens scene, he has a nose for action, particularly for the hospitality tent. He enjoys fine wine, especially if it comes from a papsak, although it must be said that his good lady Crystal has done a good job of turning Clayite into a loving husband and family man of late. Don’t be fooled, though, for that suave metrosexual exterior hides a cunning rugby intellect. PJLD – also known as Clayton – knows the game, all right, which just makes it all the more baffling that he continues to support the team from the foot of the hill. He is our man on the scene at Newlands and also helps out with our Twitter feed. Mail: email@example.com|
|Richard Ferguson is a relative newcomer to our team, but is certainly making up for lost time. Our man on the scene at ABSA Stadium, Richard is also our resident tipping expert and definitely the man to talk to when you want to have a flutter. He is an accountant who, unlike many here, actually lives in Durban! Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Big Fish really puts the “Shark” in Sharksworld. His nick refers to one, he was raised in Durban and he is an attorney by profession. He now lives in Johannesburg and though hr used to stay in Cape Town, he assures us that he’s not gay – although we sometimes wonder about this “thing” he has for Waylon Murray. Fish is a lover of good literature and also has a philosophical streak. Be sure to include a reference to Lord of the Rings or any work by Terry Pratchett in your comments to be assured of Fish’s lifelong respect! Mail: email@example.com|
|Wes Weber (WPW) is another faithful Province man who has been with us since Sharksworld started in 2008. He lives in Cape Town, has a wife and two sons and is fond of a good gatsby. Or two! Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Warren Smith (War1) is a young man with a serious passion for the Sharks – in fact, I sometimes wonder if he ever thinks of anything else. He has a strong attention to detail and wants to get to the bottom of every story as quickly as he can. When not helping out around here, he’s to be found doing a very scientific job to do with fish and rives, in Gauteng. Mail: email@example.com|
|Iza Loubser (Ice) is our unofficial social co-ordinator here at Sharksworld and is the one who tries to get us to come out of our shells and have a good time – despite the seriousness of the rugby! She looooves Dan Carter and longs for the day when he finally decides to come and play for the Sharks. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander) is our Kiwi contributor, who tries his level best to give an outsider’s opinion on rugby in general – when us parochial Sharks will give him a chance. He has a wife and two young kids and recently moved back to his native Dunedin from Hertford in the UK, where he lived for 10 years.Mail: email@example.com|
|Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) is a passionate young man from the Eastern Cape who supports the Sharks, but has more than a soft spot for the Southern Kings too. Our man on the scene at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Pierre has also recently started up a dedicated supporters site for fans of the Kings, which you can find here. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Morne Nortier is a veteran of the South African rugby blogging scene and shares his unsurpassed knowledge of the game with all and sundry. Never one to be short of a word, sentence or paragraph, we are truly honoured to be among the sites to carry his content. Brace yourself, though, because his articles do tend to be somewhat on the long side! Morne is yet another Cape Town resident who supports WP. Mail: email@example.com|
|Gerhard van der Westhuizen (G West)is a graphic designer and professional photographer from the North West, who is just as passionate about the Sharks and rugby in general as he is his other pursuits. Our man on the ground at Mbombela Stadium, Gerhard is also the creative brain behind much of the design at Sharksworld, including fantastic limited edition T-shirts. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maria Delport (letgo) is another of our Durban-based writers. With a strong passion for the game (and the Sharks), a keen eye for detail and tenacious attitude, Maria follows the team wherever they go and often ends up in the unlikeliest of places, bringing us eye-witness commentary and even video footage from games that aren’t covered elsewhere. Mail: email@example.com|