Pre-season friendly: RC Toulon v Sharks

5 Feb 16 19:00 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 535 Comments

The Cell C Sharks kick off their French challenge against European Rugby Champions, RC Toulonnais, at the Stade Mayol in Toulon tonight. [...]

Five things to learn from Toulon fling

5 Feb 16 10:23 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

Obviously, tonight’s first competitive hit-out of the season will be interesting on many level and nobody really knows what to expect. With the result obviously meaningless, Gary Gold and his team will instead have a list of specific factors that they’re looking at as they seek to gauge just how ready this team is for Super Rugby later in the month. [...]

Habana to lead Toulon against Sharks

5 Feb 16 09:40 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 26 Comments

RC Toulonnais have named their side to face the Cell C Sharks in tonight’s “North vs South” friendly at the Stade Mayol in Toulon, France. [...]

Sharks Institute launched to nurture future stars

4 Feb 16 09:48 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 19 Comments

As we mentioned late last year, the Sharks have been having a look at their junior structures and set up, with one of the decisions coming out of that process being the creation of a single facility to house all junior contracted players as they make their way up through the ranks. I’m pleased to report that the Sharks Institute has now been officially opened, according to a press release yesterday. [...]

Stade Mayol starts for du Preez twins

3 Feb 16 19:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 97 Comments

Gary Gold has named his team to face the mighty RC Toulon at Stade Mayol on Friday night. Pat Lambie leads a strong team, with a young loose trio bucking the trend of experience elsewhere. [...]


3 Feb 16 12:11 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 40 Comments

According to a report on the BBC this morning, Ryan Kankowski is set to become the latest in a long line of Springboks to continue his career in the Northern Hemisphere. [...]

Sharks tour games: no local TV coverage

3 Feb 16 10:09 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 85 Comments

It’s not good news, I’m afraid. SuperSport will not be showing the Sharks pre-season tour matches against Toulon (5 Feb) or Toulouse (11 Feb). [...]

Keegan has plenty to add to the Sharks

2 Feb 16 13:09 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 49 Comments

On the surface of it, the Sharks’ decision to re-contract Keegan Daniel may appear a little strange, given the glut of quality loose forward options already available to Gary Gold for the 2016 Super Rugby season. I feel we need to look a little deeper though and acknowledge just how good this decision could be for the franchise at this stage. [...]

SANZAAR clarifies Super Rugby laws for 2016

2 Feb 16 10:48 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 44 Comments

Right. Unfortunately, some of the prior speculation about law changes for Super Rugby was just that and has not been confirmed. Below is the gospel version from the hastily renamed “SANZAAR” organization. [...]

Impi land the first blow

2 Feb 16 10:35 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 35 Comments

One feels that this season’s Varsity Shield competition (with the winner guaranteed promotion to an expanded Varsity Cup in 2017) was always going to be about UKZN vs Wits. With the Joburgers dominating the competition in its early years, Martizburg’s finest have emerged as worthy challengers in recent times, finally claiming the trophy last year for the first time. [...]

Sharks continue to innovate on tour

2 Feb 16 10:08 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

You have to give Sharks CEO John Smit one thing – he does like to keep us on our toes! [...]

Philip out – Giant in

1 Feb 16 16:48 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 16 Comments

The Sharks have just confirmed that Philip van der Walt will not depart for France with the rest of the Sharks squad tonight, after picking up a concussion at training this morning. [...]

Keegan returns

1 Feb 16 10:59 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 89 Comments

In a piece of news as unexpected as it is welcome, the Sharks have announced that former captain and centurion Keegan Daniel will return to the team for the 2016 Super Rugby competition. [...]

Safe travels, Sharks

1 Feb 16 10:06 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

The Sharks leave Durban today, after a gruelling pre-season, to embark on a two-week pre-season tour of France. [...]

Strong Impi to take on Wits this evening

1 Feb 16 08:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 37 Comments

Varsity Shield is back, with Michael Horak’s UKZN Impi kicking off their title defence against arch-rivals Wits in Pietermaritzburg at 16h45 today. [...]