The Springboks look likely to be without the services of captain Jean de Villiers for clash against Samoa at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. [...]
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The talk coming out of Brisbane this week (well, from coach Plumtree, at any rate) has all been about a Sharks team held together with bits of chewing gum and old string, clinging desperately to any semblance of hope despite being continually ravaged by the worst injury curse he’s yet seen. Our analysis of the match 22 named to face the Reds paints a somewhat different picture. [...]
I find myself very encouraged to read the quotes coming out of Durban as the Sharks sweat it out during pre-season this year. Let’s just hope that when the chips are down, the Sharks brains trust have the courage of their convictions and are prepared to back up the talk with action. [...]
I know we are in the middle of trying to win our first Super Rugby tournament, but I like to look ahead a little and if I remember correctly, we have the small matter of a Currie Cup trophy to defend later this year. Interesting you may think, and skip to the next article, but what we all have to remember is that we will be doing this without our Springboks, who will be at the World Cup trying to win another trophy altogether.
So here’s the thing. In a season that comprises 16 games, all against top opposition, with virtually no breaks in between, how do you best manage your squad without sacrificing continuity? This is the main challenge that will face John Plumtree and the other 14 Super Rugby coaches as they chase a maiden title in the expanded South Hemisphere show-piece competition. [...]
As promised, here is the list of players which are believed to be in the frame for selection for the Sharks in the Currie cup. [...]