Junior Springboks bow the knee to England

17 Jun 15 15:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 8 Comments

The Junior Springboks bowed out as World Rugby Under-20 championship contenders when they lost to defending champions England at the Stadio San Michele, Calvisano Italy on Monday night. [...]

Gold’s time to shine

17 Jun 15 09:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 107 Comments

Let’s revisit a topic first raised during the early days of this year’s Super Rugby campaign, when the first signs of a less-than-stellar season started to emerge. I asked (via a cake-baking analogy that admittedly fell rather flat) just what effect the constant changing of coaches must be having on the Sharks squad and put forward the hypothesis that it was this change in itself that was mostly to blame for the drop in performance, rather than anything to do with the skill levels of the particular individuals. [...]

Toulon gig for Stevens?

16 Jun 15 08:49 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 44 Comments

Various news sources, including the generally reputable Sydney Morning Herald, have run a story this morning relating to three new big name signings by French giants RC Toulon. While the names of Duane Vermeulen and Paul O’Connell are likely to attract most attention amongst South African and Irish fans respectively, it’s the third name on the list that’s sure to get the tongues wagging here. [...]

The wild regret of the last goodbye

15 Jun 15 14:39 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 96 Comments

I’m not sure if it was just me, but did anyone else find the post-match scenes from Kings Park on Saturday night rather disturbing? I’m referring, of course, to the shots of visibly distressed Sharks stalwarts Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis breaking down in tears as they bade farewell to the Sharks faithful at Kings Park. [...]

Four weeks for Andre

15 Jun 15 10:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 82 Comments

Andre Esterhuizen has been banned for four weeks after his lifting tackle against the Stormers htis weekend; however, the news is better than it could be, given that Esterhuizen’s suspension will not prevent him from playing any Currie Cup games. [...]

Macleod-Henderson resigns

15 Jun 15 10:02 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 116 Comments

The Sharks have just announced the resignation of assistant coach Brad Macleod-Henderson. [...]

Gold to speak at unique breakfast event

15 Jun 15 09:36 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 36 Comments

Please see the release below regarding a unique opportunity to get some honest insights from Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold. Be aware that Sharksworld is not officially involved in this event in any way – we’re just raising awareness since it seems an interesting opportunity for fans. [...]

What they had to say: Sharks vs Stormers, Round 18

15 Jun 15 09:27 by Stephen Smith (StevieS) | 26 Comments

Hi Sharks fans. What an emotional game, I must admit I was cheering each of the boys off when they were subbed and thanking them in my heart for all of the good times. Bismarck’s speech was very moving and it hit me that it’s the end of an era. Good luck to all of the players and thanks for the memories. [...]

Down to business for Junior Springboks

15 Jun 15 09:10 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 102 Comments

With formalities a thing of the past, the World Rugby Under-20 Championship has reached the business end of this year’s tournament as four teams will face off in the semi-finals in Calvisano, Italy tonight. [...]

Esterhuizen in the dock

15 Jun 15 09:06 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 4 Comments

Sharks center Andre Esterhuizen joins Stormers utility back Robert du Preez in attending SANZAR disciplinary hearings this week, both as the result of spear tackles executed during Saturday’s final Super Rugby pool game in Durban. [...]

More change on the way

14 Jun 15 19:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 61 Comments

While we didn’t dwell too much on the story last week, preferring rather to get the Super Rugby campaign out of the way, the time is over-ripe to concentrate on some very important news to come out of Durban. [...]

Bonus point joy for Sharks

13 Jun 15 21:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 66 Comments

The Sharks have beaten a game, but ultimately outclassed Stormers outfit by 34 points to 12, scoring five unanswered tries in the process. [...]

Super Rugby 2015: Sharks v Stormers

13 Jun 15 17:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 100 Comments

I can’t put it any better than this. [...]

Conference winners decided

13 Jun 15 14:31 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 12 Comments

While the Waratahs have now sealed their spots as winners of the Australian conference, the powers that be at SANZAR will be fervently holding thumbs that the Stormers – already confirmed as the best South African side – can pick up at least one log point in Durban this evening. That’s to ensure that a truly ignominious situation is averted – and a fair few blushes among the competition’s rule makers are spared. [...]

Loftus stampede

12 Jun 15 12:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 75 Comments

Sharks fans married to their own pain at the moment would do well to turn their eyes North and pay attention to today’s announcement of a host of player departures from the Bulls. [...]