Botes commits to Sharks for another two years

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 19 May 2010 at 16:19
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Sale Sharks or the Natal Sharks? This is the choice that stalwart Jacques Botes had to make, but in the end he has signed a new two-year deal with the Durban franchise.

The hard-working flanker said he had been in talks with the English Premiership club but last week committed himself to another couple of years in the black and white strip of the Durban side.

Botes has accumulated nearly 150 combined caps for the coastal franchise after making his debut in 2005 and holds the Sharks record for playing the most consecutive Super Rugby games – 71.

Often underrated, the 29-year-old is an integral member of the team, with his leadership and experience complemented by his tireless work-rate and exemplary defence.

Botes has been in impressive form in 2010, earning two consecutive man-of-the-match awards mid-season and scoring three tries in the Super 14, equal highest for the Sharks this season.

Botes said he was “excited and extremely pleased” to have signed the new deal and it certainly is good news for the Sharks as well that he has taken this decision.

Similarly, discussions are sure to be ongoing with a number of players who will be out of contract at the end of 2010 but Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl said that by and large most deals or decisions would only be divulged in October or November.

However, it will be interesting to see whether there are a few new recruits joining the Sharks ahead of the Currie Cup in order to bolster the squad in key areas.

Notably, the Sharks’ backline resources have been a little thin in 2010 but the Currie Cup is sure to provide an opportunity for some up-and-coming local players to once again make their mark.

The likes of Vodacom Cup participants, scrumhalf Charl McLeod, centre Jean Stemmet, fullback Mark Richards and Cronje brothers, Ross and Guy, are likely to come into the mix.

Sharks Academy managing director Hans Scriba said there certainly were a number of youngsters coming through the ranks.

“There will be some very good backline players coming through from the Sharks Academy in the Currie Cup, hopefully in 2010 already, and also in the next two years into the Super 14.

Many of them played Vodacom Cup and are still under 21 in 2010.

“There are six academy players currently in the SA under-20 squad and we have some very good under-19 backline players in the academy, so good players are coming through.

“The next Pat Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Frans Steyn or JP Pietersen might not be that far off!”

This article was written by Craig Lewis courtesy ofΒ  The Daily News


  • What happened to Brussow joining the Sharks after the 2010 super 14

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.10 16:26:17 by Uli Reply
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  • πŸ˜› 😎 πŸ˜›

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.10 16:31:21 by rekinek Reply
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  • Good news, he is a leader and will have a good influence on the team even if he is not playing

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.10 16:35:04 by war1 Reply
  • looks like I was wrong…

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.10 16:44:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think it may be time for a new lot of loosies to get in at CC level. Think Daniel, Rhodes, Ndlovu, Downey…

    I think Botes has served us well but I hoped it was time for other pastures.

    Ah well, things could be worse than Jacques around for another 2 years. But we still need a better fetcher type flank uncovered if we are to compete.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.10 17:20:02 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 5) : well, I’d rather have Jacques on his current form than on the sort of form he’s shown in the last 2 seasons…

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.10 17:24:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • This signing is good news.

    This is better news. πŸ™‚
    There are six academy players currently in the SA under-20 squad and we have some very good under-19 backline players in the academy, so good players are coming through.

    β€œThe next Pat Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Frans Steyn or JP Pietersen might not be that far off!”

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.10 18:34:13 by KSA Stormer Β© Reply

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  • Brilliant! Best news I have heard this year for the sharks until jdv signs. JB, thanks for your loyalty. Much appreciated.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.10 19:27:35 by billy Reply

  • Good news

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.10 22:11:57 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Good news! Jacques, hou Potch Gim se naam hoog ou maat!

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.05.10 08:33:13 by VanWilder Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I thought his start to the season was poor to be honest.

    His last 3-4 games he was back to form, agreed.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.05.10 09:59:26 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • Good news. He was not ontop of his game the last few years but has bounced back during this years S14. I just hope he carries on playing like he has during the S14

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.05.10 13:19:04 by Farlington Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Be happy about it. 😎

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.05.10 13:28:35 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 13) : I like JB, don’t get me wrong. He has looked a LOT better when playing with two real bruisers, though.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.05.10 13:57:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is great news just great
    and it just shows, some players where their loyalty lies


    :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.05.10 11:13:27 by chaz Reply

  • @KSA Stormer Β© (Comment 7) : Well me hope so we need to start wining and to start off with the CC and then the S15 it would just be great if we also can the whole years trophys in our Sharks Tank

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.05.10 11:18:52 by chaz Reply


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