Sharks welcome club coach Sean Everitt to the team

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 10 Jun 2008 at 10:35

Sharks coach John Plumtree is taking the positive step of blooding highly successful College Rovers coach Sean Everitt in the Currie Cup.

Everitt is the Sharks’ new skills coach and he is filling the boots of another former Durban club coach, Grant Bashford, who Plumtree has promoted to the position of assistant coach, according to Mike Greenaway, writing for IOL.

Everitt, who played centre for Natal B and for the Duikers, has been at the head of a Rovers side that has dominated club rugby in recent years.

“I believe strongly in bringing through local talent,” Plumtree said on Monday from the strange position of a physio’s bed alongside the Sharks’ training field.

Plumtree underwent an operation on a damaged disc in his lower back last week – an old rugby injury that recently flared up and left him in agony.

“Shaun has done his time in the club ranks, and deserves an opportunity at a higher level. It is vital for the local game that there is succession planning,” Plumtree said.

However, Plumtree will be looking for an experienced coach to assist him and Bashford in next year’s Super 14, and says he is likely to look overseas.

The Sharks began training for the Currie Cup on Monday, and Plumtree has put together a squad of 36 players comprising the balance of the Super 14 squad that is not with the Springboks, plus youngsters from the Sharks’ high-performance unit. The youngsters are basically club players that have been identified as possible future professionals, and they are being trained by the Sharks’ fitness coaches Mark Steele and Kevin Stevenson.

Plumtree said that there were unlikely to be new signings for the Currie Cup, apart from Frederic Michalak who will rejoin the Sharks from France in late July.

The Sharks are known to be talking to Springbok captain John Smit about a possible return to Durban, but because of Smit’s Tri-Nations commitments that will not impact on the Currie Cup and will rather be relevant for the 2009 Super 14.

Until the arrival of Michalak, Plumtree said he would consider playing Bradley Barritt at 10, or possibly Rovers flyhalf Andrew Borgen.

The Sharks travel to Welkom on Friday for a friendly against the Purple People Eaters as a warm-up for their opening match on June 20, against Western Province at the Absa Stadium.


  • I’ve heard this name before… Anyone got any info?

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.06.08 10:46:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yeah, me too Rob, same thoughts here and it cant be from Duikers or Natal B teams. Maybe its one of those names that just sound right and stick in the memory – like Rupert.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.06.08 11:10:38 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Not much, I now he is Rovers stalwart and also DPHS sports director….

    In 2004 there is this report:
    The highly successful College Rovers coach Sean Everitt, whose charges have won both the Premier League Moor Cup and Murray Cup knockout competition, was invited to give his input during the backline session.

    “Sean Everitt was down to share some of his coaching knowledge. We share some of the same thinking on backline play, and it was a nice change for the players to get someone new in,” said Putt.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.06.08 11:11:22 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Congratulations to Sean…and good luck for the future.
    Hope you have a lot of skills to bring aboard…especially cup winning skills. 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.06.08 11:21:45 by blackshark Reply

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  • Sean Everitt was mentioned in the same article as Luke Watson having his contract terminated with Sharks in 2004.Putt used him in the Super 12 on a consultant basis, but nothing else is known about him.Why would they look at a club player at 10 when we could get Butch back for the last part of CC and 2009 Super 14?Use Stefan as backup at 10 with JP at fullback.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.06.08 11:55:21 by markm Reply

  • He is there to coach mark

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.06.08 12:06:44 by PJLD Reply
  • gm rob and everyone

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.06.08 12:09:23 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • rob the stories about Streauli are very true

    i was told this morning it is why dick also left
    sad but true

    no wonder dick said even if he doesnt get the bok job he would split

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.06.08 12:11:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Woah!

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.06.08 12:13:53 by PJLD Reply
  • Bok boost for Griffons
    Mon, 09 Jun 2008 23:35

    The Griffons received a big boost with confirmation that a number of Sevens Springboks will play for them in Friday’s compulsory friendly against the Sharks in Welkom.

    The coach of the Griffons, Harry Pienaar, told OFM Sport that Boks sevens players, Jonathan Mokuena and Fabian Juries, who play for the Cheetahs will be available for selection.

    Other Free State players that will train with the Griffons this week include Hercu Liebenberg (hooker), Albert Parsons (flanker), Danny Theron (scrumhalf), Nicky Steyn (flanker), Friedrich Lombard (Bok wing), Phillip Snyman (centre), Bernd Theissinger (centre) and Izak van der Westhuizen (lock).

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.06.08 12:16:10 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Hi sharks_lover.
    What are these stories about Strauli. We keep hearing about the stories as fact but what are they. It seems as if the one regarding Bismarks contract and the escape clause if John Smit returns has been rubbished by the Sharks CEO himself.
    Can Strauli be so strongly entrenched that the Sharks management would allow him to single handedly chase away all there top players as well as their highly successful coach.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.06.08 12:50:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : He is very close to the CEO

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.06.08 12:52:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is the anti-Strauli sentiment real or Voldy mischief?

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.06.08 12:59:32 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Well then we should have a few scoops coming our way. It certainly seems as if the management are a lame duck crowd if they can let one man destroy what they have built up and cannot act against that party.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.06.08 13:06:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • guys all i know is this morning again fropm another sauce , that being a ex top player not to long ago telling me dick left foe the reason he hates straeuli and the players hate RS

    i seriously dont kbnow all the ins and outs
    just that there is something wrong and its causeing problems big time

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.06.08 13:07:38 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 13) :
    I dont know about Voldy (has something been posted recently) but I do know that it seems pretty prevelant in some Sharks circles or should that be circling sharks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.06.08 13:09:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • the thing is the contact i have isnt one to run around telling stories

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.06.08 13:11:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Rudolph Staeuli and Andre Markgraaff have a lot in common.

    They both just wont go away! 👿

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.06.08 13:12:11 by wpw aka The Tank Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : VERY close Rob. And also close with Oregan Hoskins too!

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.06.08 13:28:59 by Villie Reply
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  • I recall watching quite a bit of Sean Everitt for the Duikers and Natal B sides. Decent enough centre. Not to sure about his coaching prowess though!

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.06.08 13:30:33 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 20) : seems to have enjoyed a fair bit of success with College Rovers. Even won a cup or two!

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.06.08 13:41:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    Yeah all well and good but Rovers tend to have the pick of all the best players in the Province.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.06.08 13:48:15 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 22) : I thought that was the Sharks! Maybe we should let Rovers play in the Currie Cup instead! 😉

    I wonder who Plum has in mind for assistant coach next year….

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.06.08 13:51:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Look, I’m not saying he’s no good as I have no idea of his coaching ability. Just pointing out that Rovers have the best players in Natal so if they did not win things, then there would be something seriously wrong. Not sure there is a heck of a lot of competition for Rovers.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.06.08 13:53:55 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 24) : well, at least he comes with a winning pedigree 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.06.08 14:11:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Missed this article completely.

    Sean played at Pinetown with me.

    Went to Edgewood teachers training college when a previous girlfriend of mine was there.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.06.08 22:41:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Villie (Comment 20) :

    Has done well at Rovers

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.06.08 22:43:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) :

    oops Rob already said that. 🙂

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.06.08 22:44:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I knew Sean as a youngster growing up in Dundee. He always had a smile and was cheerful. I know these aren’t coaching pedigrees, but it might be a plus being able to put enjoyment into the game. Good Luck Sean.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.06.08 00:50:21 by Dynamite Reply

  • @Dynamite (Comment 29) :

    Sharks seem to send their players and coaches on all the right courses OS… let’s hope this is the same…

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.06.08 04:56:53 by bryce_in_oz Reply


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