Pat confirmed Sharks captain

24 Jan 17 10:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 52 Comments

The Sharks have just announced that Pat Lambie will captain the side during 2017′s Super Rugby campaign. [...]

Junior Bok hopefuls invited for camp

23 Jan 17 10:11 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 13 Comments

They may not have a head coach lined up yet, but preparations are moving ahead all the same for the 2017 Junior Springbok campaign, with a large group of the country’s top under 20 players invited to Pretoria this week for an assessment camp. [...]

Spotlight: Lions

20 Jan 17 11:59 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 63 Comments

As we prepare for Super Rugby 2017, much of the early talk about the Sharks’ prospects has focused on their benign draw; facing only Australian team this year (not Kiwi’s like last year) and enjoying a short 2-match tour should be contributing factors to a better finish than last year’s 8th place. My concern with this is that one major local obstacle remains for the Sharks and they, too, will only be playing Australian foes this season. [...]

Sharks Fun Day is THIS Saturday

18 Jan 17 09:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 3 Comments

Remember last year, when we proposed Sharks Fun Day had to be postponed due to inclement weather? [...]

Bulls lose out again

17 Jan 17 10:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 74 Comments

Seemingly not content with one ace South African back rower in Marcell Coetzee, Les Kiss’s Ulster yesterday announced the capture of a second Bok loose forward, in the form of Bulls captain Arno Botha. [...]

Oh brother, where art though?

16 Jan 17 12:42 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 30 Comments

It’s 26 November 2016 in Cardiff and a hulking blonde back-rower waits patiently aside the Millennium Stadium pitch, anxious to shed his bottle green tracksuit and grasp his opportunity to take an already stellar career to the next step. This is the moment he’s been waiting for all his young life and while the result may not have gone his way, those few minutes on the park are something that can never be taken away – and are surely the start of a long and successful career as a test player. His name is Jean-Luc du Preez and he’s Springbok number 881. [...]

Sharks to play Cheetahs in pre-season

16 Jan 17 10:18 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 32 Comments

We’re still waiting for the final fixture list, but we can confirm that the Sharks will definitely play a Super Rugby pre-season game against the Cheetahs in early February. [...]

Marais heads uninspiring Stormers signings list

16 Jan 17 10:01 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 35 Comments

The Stormers have added five names to their Super Rugby squad in the only real local transfer news so far this year. While the new players will aid somewhat with their depth, the quality of the signings once again shows the real problems local franchises have in terms picking up established performers. [...]

Du Preez, Sharks relishing Super Rugby challenge

13 Jan 17 12:59 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 47 Comments

Sharks coach Rob du Preez faced his first media scrum of the new year at Kings Park yesterday and had a few interesting things to say, despite playing his cards relatively close to his chest. [...]

Marcell all but good to go

12 Jan 17 09:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 30 Comments

A slightly bittersweet one for Sharks fans his morning: the good news is that ace flanker Marcell Coetzee is nearing the end of a lengthy rehab period after rupturing knee ligaments last year. The bad news is that, when he does take the field next month, it will be in the white and red of Ulster, rather than the black and white of the Sharks. [...]

More Sharks pics

11 Jan 17 10:38 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 23 Comments

In the absence of any news (and I do meany any at all), I thought I’d share a link to Steve Haag’s pictures from yesterday’s training session. [...]

Welcome Kobus

9 Jan 17 11:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 73 Comments

The Sharks returned to the training paddock on Friday last week and welcomed a new arrival in the form of former Stormers three-quarter Kobus van Wyk. [...]

Zero tolerance in 2017

4 Jan 17 11:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 27 Comments

World Rugby have taken a stance this year that I feel is long overdue: starting today, there will be absolutely no tolerance when it comes to tackles that make contact with the head. Far too often in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to make excuses or be lulled into acceptance of dangerous tackles in this game and with serious incidents of concussion and other brain injury causing lasting effects for players, it is certainly right that law changes should be made. [...]

So, what have we missed?

3 Jan 17 10:53 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 149 Comments

Welcome back, Sharksworld fans. It’s 2017 and things are slowly starting to pick up momentum here, even though I am personally far from ready to dive right back into the rat race! Anyway, you have to earn your daily bread somehow, I guess. [...]

Merry Festiveness!

27 Dec 16 10:49 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 35 Comments

Hi guys – apologies for the lateness of this message, but the season sort of snuck up on me this year and before I knew it, I was deep into the holiday period and spending much-needed time away from the daily grind. [...]