Confirmed: 45 is the magic number

17 Feb 17 11:07 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 16 Comments

I’ve been wondering a little about the exact, official size of a Super Rugby squad, given that the various South African franchise teams seem to vary a little in terms of the numbers named in their final squads. I took the question to SANZAAR for clarification. [...]

Final Sharks Super Rugby squad named

16 Feb 17 12:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 43 Comments

Rob du Preez has done a bit of trimming in order to arrive at a final group of 45 names for this year’s Super Rugby competition. There are few surprises in a squad that posts ample depth, but also has room for several youngsters and newcomers at this level. [...]

Lambie leads exciting tour squad to Australia

16 Feb 17 12:10 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 77 Comments

The die has been cast and Rob du Preez has selected his 27 warriors to contest the first two matches in Super Rugby 2017. Flyhalf Pat Lambie captains the selection that will depart Durban on Salutary, ahead of crucial clashes with the Reds in Brisbane and the Brumbies in Canberra over the fortnight that follows. [...]

Some easy choices, some tougher ones

14 Feb 17 15:09 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 81 Comments

Rob du Preez will confirm his 28-man tour squad on Thursday; this first selection of players will have the responsibility of guiding the Sharks through their opening pair of Super Rugby fixtures, against the Reds in Brisbane on 25 February and then the Brumbies in Canberra a week later. [...]

Mostly clean bill of health for Sharks

13 Feb 17 15:28 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 13 Comments

Rob du Preez has declared himself satisfied with his side’s performance against a Bulls XV in Durban on Friday night and more importantly, the vast majority of the players came through the game unscathed from an injury point of view. [...]

Sharks depart on Saturday

13 Feb 17 10:41 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 36 Comments

It’s hard to believe, but Super Rugby 2017 is just around the corner, with the Sharks playing their first match – against the Reds in Brisbane – in just 12 days’ time. [...]

Injury misery for Stormers backs

13 Feb 17 10:28 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 38 Comments

The Stormers won a high-scoring Super Rugby warm up game against the Lions by 57 points to 40 on Saturday and while coach Robbie Fleck will be pleased with the win, he has two new major injury blows to contend with just a fortnight before the competition proper kicks off. [...]

Sharks trounce young Bulls

10 Feb 17 18:51 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

The Sharks have emerged comprehensive 53-7 victors over a young Blue Bulls XV in a Super Rugby warm up in Durban this evening. [...]

Bulls send young XV to Durban

10 Feb 17 11:16 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 38 Comments

The Bulls have tweeted the names of their “Bulls XV” to face the Sharks at Northwood Crusaders this evening. It’s a young team indeed with few recognisable names. [...]

Rob shows his hand

9 Feb 17 15:27 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 108 Comments

By naming a strong starting line up for tomorrow’s warm-up game against a Bulls XV, Sharks coach Rob du Preez has left little doubt as to what he’s thinking in terms of selection for the Super Rugby season opener. [...]

Second Sharks warm-up announced

7 Feb 17 08:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 46 Comments

The Sharks will face a Bulls VX in a warm up game at Northwood Crusaders on Friday. [...]

Daniel injury confirmed

7 Feb 17 07:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 4 Comments

The Sharks have confirmed that Keegan Daniel has undergone surgery after fracturing his right arm, as we reported yesterday. [...]

Rest in peace, Joost

6 Feb 17 14:58 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 13 Comments

Joost van der Westhuizen has lost his battle with Motor Neuron Disease and passed away today. [...]

Sharks face fight to retain Reinach, Oosthuizen

6 Feb 17 12:43 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 44 Comments

With morning reports linking two key players to overseas clubs on completion of the 2017 season, the Sharks have confirmed that they remain in the hunt to retain both. [...]

Sharks lose Daniel in massive blow ahead of season

6 Feb 17 11:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 7 Comments

Confirmation is still forthcoming, but reliable information from Durban indicates that Keegan Daniel suffered lower arm fracture against the Cheetahs on Friday night and will thus miss much of the early part of the Sharks Super Rugby campaign. [...]