Many happy returns to our heroes – Updated

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 13 May 2008 at 10:19

Two of our favourite Sharks players are celebrating their birthdays.

Firstly, congrats to Craig Burden, who turns 23 years old today. Craig was born, in Durban, on 13 May 1985. He attended Maritzburg College in the Midlands, before coming into the Sharks ranks via the Sharks Academy. He is currently studying Engineering, at the same time as being a professional rugby player. Not to mention making one of the most difficult positional switches it’s possible to make, that from wing to hooker.

Happy Birthday, Craig and all the best for the year ahead!

Tomorrow is an incredibly special day for our young hero, Francois Philippus Lodewyk Steyn, better known as just “Fransie”. That’s right, Frans is finally turning 21 tomorrow! Not bad, considering he’s played in a Super 14 final and won a World Cup already. Frans was born in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape on 14 May 1987 and attended Grey College in Bloemfontein, before being snapped up by the Academy. He was a key member of the SA under 19 side that played in the World Cup the year after school and made his senior provincial and Springbok debuts the year after, at the age of 19. He has already represented his country on 17 occasions, scoring 4 tries, 3 drop goals and 5 penalties in the process.

Veels geluk, Frans! Alles van die beste vir die toekoms!

And one more – sharing his birthday with Fransie (although a few years earlier) is regular contributor MornéN, AKA PissAnt. Many happy returns, old boy!


  • Veels geluk liewe maatjie omdat jy verjaar….. 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.05.08 10:28:45 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
  • mag die Here jou seën en nog baie jare spaar!

    How’s that? Benefits of attending a parallel medium primary school 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.05.08 10:42:02 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Happy birthday to the boys!

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.05.08 11:38:12 by Nessa Reply

  • Happy Birthday Guys!

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.05.08 16:36:34 by Milissa Reply

  • Happy Birthday Guys…

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.05.08 20:46:19 by Debs Reply

  • Happy Birthday!!
    Craig…today (what’s left of it!)

    Fransie… tomorrow….21 WOW!!!


    try time….on Thursday!!!!


  • Comment 6, posted at 13.05.08 23:40:07 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Happy Birthday Frans. Hope you have a wonderfull day ❗ ❗ ❗

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.05.08 07:43:16 by Reds Reply

  • Happy birthday Morras!

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.05.08 11:23:22 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Sun is shining and the weather is sweet

    Happy Birthday Morne

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.08 11:24:47 by Slayton Caville Reply
  • Happy birthday to Fransie and Morne!

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.08 11:55:29 by Nessa Reply

  • Only 21 now!?!?!?

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.08 17:36:59 by Hmmm Reply

  • Happy B-day tp all 3….

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.05.08 17:37:25 by Hmmm Reply

  • Must mention though….Craig surprised me at hooker….

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.05.08 17:40:05 by Hmmm Reply

  • Quinny…you hit a 1000

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  • Comment 14, posted at 14.05.08 17:43:28 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) : well done! Hmmm, I need to add your comments to mine to stand any chance of catching oubaas!

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.05.08 18:02:46 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 14) : Cool, what did I win?

    If one could only sort out the drivel from YOUR posts Hmmm, you’d be down at 10 posts or so…

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.05.08 18:04:42 by Le Requinny Reply
  • @Le Requinny (Comment 16) :

    Ahhhhhh rubbish…

    I always talk good rugby….actually great rugby…

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.05.08 18:07:18 by Hmmm Reply

  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 15) :

    Yeh but he talks a lot of crap so does his number counts….

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.05.08 18:07:55 by Hmmm Reply

  • Happy birthday Bissy!

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.05.08 08:56:23 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!

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