Getting to know the youngsters

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 3 Apr 2009 at 12:45
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As you know, the latest SA Under 20 training squad has been named and the Sharks have six representatives in the team. Let’s have a look at the guys that have made the cut and get to know them a little better.

The Sharks are well represented in the front row, with two props and a hooker in the mix. Dale Chadwick is a born-and-bred KZN loosehead, having played schools rugby for Natal at both under 16 and under 18 level. A product of Westville Boys High, the 105kg 19-year-old also played for the South African schools team in 2007. Currently with the Sharks Academy, Chadwick represented the Sharks at Under 19 level last year and was vice captain of the side that clinched the ABSA Under 19 trophy.

Julian Redelinghuys was on the other side of the scrum for the SA Schools team in 2007, although at that stage he was still at school at Monument HoΓ«r on the West Rand of Johannesburg. Born in Pretoria, the young tighthead moved to Johannesburg soon after and boasts an impressive age-group pedigree, having represented the Lions at all level from under 12 all the way up to Craven week (both in 2006 and 2007). The Lions’ loss (as usual) was the Sharks’ gain as Redelinghuys was snapped up by the Sharks Academy last year. He played alongside Chadwick again for the victorious Sharks under 19 team last year and was the starting tighthead for the SA under 20s on their recent tour of South America.

Kyle Cooper is the third member of the Sharks under 19 front row to make the grade at national under 20 level. Short and squat, just like you want a hooker to be, the 107kg 20-year-old is a product of Glenwood Boys High, although he was born in Johannesburg and attended primary school in Port Elizabeth. Cooper was a teammate of Chadwick’s at under 16 level for Natal, but missed out on further age-group honours. His selection to the squad is based on some superb form for the Sharks under 19 team last year. Cooper also started for the SA under 20s against Uruguay in February.

There’s more to life than the front row, though – or so I’ve been told – and the fourth Sharks forward in the SA Under 20 squad is young Jan-Andre Marais, a big lock from Welkom who represented the Griffons at both under 13 and under 18 Craven Week level. Marais was yet another good win for the Sharks Academy recruiting team and played a fair bit of rugby for the Sharks under 19s in 2008. At 1.98m and 115kg, he’s certainly a pretty big youngster and since Joe Snyman was called up to join the Sharks on tour, Jandre has emerged as a key figure in the Sharks XV engine room this year. He even scored a try in the recent rout of the Bulldogs in East London.

There are some backs, too… Wynand Pienaar (not the bastard lovechild of Wynand Olivier and Ruan Pienaar as you may think!) was a schoolboy team mate of Marais’s, also having represented (and captained) the Griffons at just about every level imaginable. A flyhalf in his school days, the 95kg Pienaar played mostly at inside centre for the Sharks under 19s last year. He’s an attacking player with an accomplished boot and his hero and role model is a certain New Zealander by the name of Daniel Carter…

The final member of the sexvirate (it’s a word, go look it up) is fullback Faizel de Bruyn, yet another Lions age-group star to have slipped through the net in Johannesburg. Hailing from the Boland originally, the young de Bruin represented both Boland and the Golden Lions at Craven week level.

Best of luck to all these guys – hope to see you in the Black and White soon.

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  • Man, but the Sharks really do have ALL the props…

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.04.09 13:22:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • cant the acadamy grow some flyhalfs lol, one that has a exellent boot on him.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.04.09 13:27:26 by JarsonX (tantric shark) Reply
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  • (not the bastard lovechild of Wynand Olivier and Ruan Pienaar as you may think!)

    :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.04.09 13:36:24 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : let’s hope he NEVER reads that πŸ™‚

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.04.09 13:54:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    He might just slap you with a limp wrist! πŸ˜†

    Wynand of course.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.04.09 14:04:49 by wpw Reply
  • Rob

    It is National Cleavage Day today! 😯

    U gonna put up a thread for us??? πŸ™„

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.04.09 14:08:15 by wpw Reply
  • Wow all those people that think our players come from Grey (Bloem) must be puzzled as none of the above are from there. I know I know Welkom is in the Free State, but in those bye gone days of yester year when most of our young Boer Seuns used to dissapear North to Study or Military Service eg Lem & our very own Rolls Royce of Fullbacks Andre Joubert, both fortunately saw the light and returned to Natal.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.04.09 23:24:07 by Dynamite Reply

  • Wynand Pienaar and Jan-Andre Marais (Welkom GiM) production keep making us proud boys!!! πŸ˜› 😎 i see little brother Peet Marais is also on the way up. m proud, keep representing

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.09 00:18:03 by dumi Reply

  • @dumi (Comment 8) : Dumi – welcome to the site! What position does Peet play? Is he also heading for the Sharks Academy?

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.09 06:44:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi there Rob! Peet plays LOCK and yes his by the academy, arrived this year. You should see him and his brother playing together (good combination) πŸ™‚ Played with them eerste span year 2007 and 2008!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.06.09 00:27:00 by dumi Reply

  • @dumi (Comment 10) : oh really? Good to know. I really like locks (and props)! What possie did you play, Dumi? And are you still playing now?

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.06.09 07:54:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • greetings again rob! πŸ™‚ m playing centre both (inside and out) preferably inside. im here playing for UJ. lekka rugby i must say but i crave for KZN rugby hahaha πŸ˜† sometimes i wish i was playing there

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.06.09 20:47:44 by dumi Reply

  • @dumi (Comment 12) : i’m sure you’ll get your Lions callup in no time πŸ™‚

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.06.09 21:02:03 by robdylan Reply
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