Sharks name sides for warm-up

2 Feb 17 17:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 170 Comments

A large number of players will be in action over the course of two matches in Umlazi tomorrow. Rob du Preez has named line ups for both outings, with the first game due to last 60 minutes and the second 80. [...]

Sharksworld chats to Jaco Pienaar (Part 2)

1 Feb 17 14:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

Continuing my discussion with new Sharks forward coach Jaco Pienaar (part 1 is here), we went into some specifics about the squad and the upcoming season. [...]

Sharks warm-up to be shown live (updated)

31 Jan 17 13:14 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 63 Comments

Good news, fans – SuperSport will broadcast one of the Sharks-Cheetahs warm up games from Umlazi on Friday night. [...]

Blitzbokke dominate Wellington 7s

30 Jan 17 12:48 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 35 Comments

The South African Sevens team dominated the HSBC Wellington Sevens on the weekend, by not only winning the tournament but also setting new records and topping a number of the stats. [...]

Sharksworld chats to Jaco Pienaar (Part 1)

27 Jan 17 09:41 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 7 Comments

I caught up with new Sharks forward coach Jaco Pienaar yesterday for a bit of a chat. Jaco was appointed to the role late last year and seems to be fitting in well so far. As with all newcomers to the Sharks setup, the Sharksworld interview is becoming something of a rite of passage and I’m pleased to report that new coaches are not exempt! A big thanks, as always, to Novashni and the Sharks PR department for facilitating. [...]

Allister – no news is, well, no news

26 Jan 17 13:03 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 71 Comments

Despite plenty of unsubstantiated rumours form dodgy sources, the truth is that there is no official word yet on the future of the Bok coaching team under Allister Coetzee. [...]

UK move for Gold

25 Jan 17 18:13 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 8 Comments

Former Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has been appointed in a similar capacity at struggling English side Worcester Warriors. [...]

Sharks-Cheetahs double header in Umlazi

25 Jan 17 11:59 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 62 Comments

Two Sharks teams will take on their Cheetahs counterparts in what is sure to be a fun evening of rugby in Umlazi next weekend. [...]

Tecklenburg drops retirement bombshell

24 Jan 17 10:19 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 12 Comments

The Lions have announced that, in a rather shocking development, loose forward Warwick Tecklenburg has retired from rugby with immediate effect. [...]

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. [...]