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Rumour confirmed

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 17 Mar 2011 at 13:20
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The Sharks have confirmed the rumour that has been doing the rounds about Marius Joubert joining them. Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl has confirmed that the 31 year old centre has joined the Sharks on a two year deal.

In an article by Mike Greenaway in the Mercury today, van Zyl said that Joubert would join up with his new team mates as soon as the French Top 14 finishes.

Joubert’s club, Clermont Auvergne, is leading the standings, and should they make the final of the competition on 4 June, he will only be able to join after. This still puts the player in prime position to play in the final round robin games, which end on 18 June against the Bulls.

Joubert was instrumental in the 2004 Tri Nations title that the Springboks won, where he scored THAT hat trick against the All Blacks.

We look forward to Marius joining us and we wish him all the best for his last few months at Clermont.


  • Well done. Do you guys think that we are buying the more senior players to balance the young guns in the team?

    Only thing that makes sense to me.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.11 13:22:13 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Not convinced about this, but wish him all the best during his tenure as a Shark.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.11 13:25:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

    Have to agree..

    But all the best to him and I hope he has an injury free tenure…

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.11 13:25:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Well he is doing brilliantly in France apparently, but then again, the Top 14 isn’t Super rugby.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.11 13:27:24 by PTAShark Reply
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  • What about Cooke? Anymore news?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.11 13:34:22 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Welln this is still a better buy than JLP, in my opinion.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.11 13:42:23 by Crock Reply

  • Welcome Marius, Hopefully you can add some much needed centre experience to our side; and also help teach our young talent coming through a thing or two about senior rugby and doing so successfully in the centre positions.

    If we sign Cooke i think i will go mad…i understand Marius in order to close the gap between our current centres and the ones coming through who are only 18 and 20 years old, so when he is done with his contract we will have two awesome young and capable centres in the form of Paul Jordaan and Lindeque with the mix of experience ; Adi Jacobs and Meyer Bosman. Not a bad signing when i think about it; but not Cooke please…we don’t need him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.11 14:01:29 by JJR Reply
  • bollocks… πŸ™„ not convinced at all πŸ™„

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.11 14:12:43 by SharksRTB Reply

  • I am trying to be positive about this, but to be honest i think Marius Joubert has to convince many Shark fans that he is worth the Contract he has been given. Good Luck, Marius…got some work to do. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.11 14:17:00 by JJR Reply
  • And in other news the Sharks have broken a Guinness World Record by having the oldest centre pairing on earth. πŸ™„

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.11 14:22:16 by CapeShark Reply
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  • At least now Stef can be considered as a 15 first, before he is seen as a 13.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.11 14:29:58 by JJR Reply
  • Guys I think this is a good purchase, MJ still has a very decent step on him and isn’t the weakest dude around.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.11 14:34:52 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 12) :

    And his defence has always been top notch.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.11 14:36:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 12) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : Reckon it’s a good buy from Plum. You need experienced guys like this in your squad imo, even if not 1st choice.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.03.11 14:39:31 by McLovin Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : Exactly, plus at 31 he can’t be carrying the heftiest price tag.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.03.11 14:40:07 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 15) :

    Didn’t we all say pretty much the same thing about Stef when he came back?

    And look how good a buy that turned out?!

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.03.11 14:41:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 10) :

    I have received my Sharks mag yesterday and believe me “LADIES GET YOUR HANDS ON A COPY” – there is a picture of Stefan in it just in his rugby shorts….**put the aircon to ZERO degrees!!**

    I want to see ANY other 35 year old (especially around here) to beat that bod!!!! Damn, I think a lot of 20 yr olds would be ashamed of standing next to him. He might have the years on his birth certificate, but he’s body and mind sure as hell is not close to that….**looking for the shower they say was in the building somewhere** πŸ˜€

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.03.11 14:42:52 by Ice Reply
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  • Why are people upset?

    It is only 2 years,if we can get use to jlp then mj should not be a problem.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.03.11 14:43:46 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : It sure as hell was IMO…

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.03.11 14:44:46 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : Stef is ripped, as a dude I’m comfortable in saying that

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.03.11 14:45:33 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Ice (Comment 17) :


  • Comment 21, posted at 17.03.11 14:45:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 20) :

    He is a staunch brother!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.03.11 14:46:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 9) : please let me know when you succeed … I need tips. πŸ™„

    i’m still getting into grips with having bosman and jlp. πŸ™„

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.03.11 14:47:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : you ‘re worse than KSA 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.03.11 14:48:11 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) : I guess we have no choice, once he is part of the team we can’t wish him to fail. catch 22 πŸ™„ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.03.11 14:54:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 4) :

    I’ll remember that the next time a ‘Frans Verstaan’ groupie reminds me of how well he is doing in France!! 😈 😎

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.03.11 15:15:57 by wpw Reply
  • Joubert is a former IRB Player of The Year nominee!!

    He must be decent then, right?? πŸ˜•

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.03.11 15:16:55 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 27) : the question is how much former .

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.03.11 15:19:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • good work richard

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.03.11 15:26:19 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 29) :

    Thanx, but it wasnt me at all..

    Credit to boss man Robbo..

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.03.11 15:30:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • The Sharks need a Bloedwors. Jouba will be a great asset to you.

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.03.11 15:41:39 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 30) : mwuaaahaahaaa πŸ™‚

    Thanks to Craig Lewis for letting ME know πŸ™‚

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.03.11 15:52:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : well done rob mate lol

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.03.11 15:55:43 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 20) : Man-love 😯 Did click one the wrong link πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.03.11 15:56:57 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : lol rob you know who my main contacts are and they all out the country , i cant call them πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.03.11 15:59:40 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 31) :
    Bloedwors? is that his Paarl nic, why.

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.03.11 16:03:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 36) : Bloedworse = Paarl Gym.

    Its a name the Galille “Paarl Boishaaiers” gave us and it is all about the colour of our jerseys, We call them “GalPille” because they turn bitter when they loose.

    This come from many moons ago and still very much in use today.

    You have a “GalPil” already, Conrad Hoffman.

    See our Bloedworse will play Easter at Kearsney College, was suppose to play Grey Bloem there but they did not want to play us twice in a week, we play them in the Wilde Klawer also and look like we’ll only play Glenwood at the Kearsney tournament.

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.03.11 16:16:05 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 37) :
    Thanks, Paarl culture and history, and so we learn. πŸ˜€

    The Kearsney tourney is shaping up to be a good one.
    Who all will be playing in the Wildeklawer tournament. Is it the same schools as last year?

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.03.11 16:30:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 38) : Wilde Klawer (30 April, 2 May)
    Affies (Pretoria), Boland Landbou (Paarl), Diamantveld (Kimberley), Dr EG Jansen (Boksburg), Framesby (Port Elizabeth), Glenwood (Durban), Grey College (Bloemfontein), HTS Middelburg, Monument (Krugersdorp), Outeniqua (George), Paarl Boys’ High, Paarl Gimnasium, Paul Roos (Stellenbosch), Waterkloof (Pretoria)


    Day One – Saturday, 30 April:
    Waterkloof vs Paul Roos Gimnasium
    Glenwood vs Dr EG Jansen
    HTS Middelburg vs Outeniqua
    Monument vs Diamantveld
    Boland Landbou vs Framesby
    Grey College vs Paarl Gimnasium
    Paarl Boys’ High vs Affies

    Day Two – Monday, 2 May:
    Affies vs Paarl Gimnasium
    Glenwood vs Paul Roos Gimnasium
    Boland Landbou vs Diamantveld
    Grey College vs Waterkloof
    HTS Middelburg vs Framesby
    Monument vs Outeniqua
    DR EG Jansen vs Paarl Boys’ High

    GalPille combined seccies and chippies will play in Sanix Japan, first team at Wilde Klawer.

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.03.11 16:36:59 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Sorry bit of the topic.

    Kearsney Tournament
    Fixtures for Easter 2011:

    Day One – Thursday, 21 April
    08.30 Selborne College vs Helpmekaar
    09.45 Dale College vs Marais Viljoen
    11.00 Kearsney College vs Nico Malan
    12.15 Primary schools
    13.15 EG Jansen vs Christ’s College, New Zealand
    14.30 Glenwood High School vs Paarl Gym
    15.45 Monument vs Grey College

    Day Two – Saturday, 23 April
    08.30 Nico Malan vs Marais Viljoen
    09.45 EG Jansen vs Glenwood High School
    11.00 Grey College vs Helpmekaar
    12.15 Primary Schools
    13.15 Selborne College vs Christ’s College, New Zealand
    14.30 Kearsney College vs Dale College

    Day Three – Monday, 25 April
    08.30 EG Jansen vs Dale College
    09.45 Helpmekaar vs Nico Malan
    11.00 Kearsney College vs Christ’s College, New Zealand
    12.15 Primary Schools
    13.15 Glenwood High School vs Marais Viljoen
    14.30 Selborne College vs Monument HoΓ«rskool
    15.45 Grey College vs Paarl Gym (wont happen)
    17.00 Awarding of Varsity College bursarie

    Will be interesting to see which schoolboys will get that bursaries at the Sharks?

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.03.11 16:39:53 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 6) : We need a Flyhalf for when Lambie is at the RWC and I’m afraid Cronje isn’t the one.

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.03.11 16:55:49 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 40) : If it were up to me I’ll pick 1 of these 3 before the festival starts and couldn’t go wrong: Ruan Steenkamp (Monnas), Jan Serfontein (Grey Bloem), Henco Greyling (Grey Bloem).

    I thought “Galpil” comes from a scholar sitting on a wooden seat at his schooldesk all day long and getting splinters in his backside?

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.03.11 16:59:35 by beet Reply
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  • ksa i thought that is why we got jlp

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.03.11 17:08:35 by juba_fan Reply

  • @juba_fan (Comment 43) : It is. That is why I was confirming it. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.03.11 17:13:39 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • imo Joubert ended up getting a bum deal in his career in SA ..very unlucky to miss out being part of the WC winning squad..but there was a certain Jaque Fourie keeping him out. Of the couple of matches Iv seen in the top14 he is stil a dangerous center and playing well.

    Sharks have made a very good buy here and he brings with him wealth of experience and that can’t be bought ..See Stefan Terblanche.

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.03.11 17:32:36 by CoffeeshopBok;-) Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 41) : we have a few options

    Fred Zeilinga and of course JLP is there

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.03.11 18:11:53 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Where are these schoolboy tournaments?

    I’d love to get in there and be more knowledgable..

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.03.11 20:14:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Fact is, we are thin at centre.

    Sure MJ might be past his best, I don`t follow the French top 14 closely enough to judge, but he will come in handy when our injuries starts piling up.

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.03.11 20:36:45 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 47) : Richard, the big one Wildeklawer is in Kimberley. Most of the top rugby schools attend this festival – the notable exception is Bishops and perhaps Framesby of P.E. should make way for either Grey PE / Selborne or perhaps even Queens.

    If you want to see most of the KZN teams at one fest, Grey High in PE is the place to be at the beginning of April – College, MHS, Hilton, Westville, DHS and Kearsney are involved there.

    At roughly the same time there is a fest for u14/u15/u16 up at M/College in PMB – here you can get a look at the prospects from KZN and a few other regions. Unfortunately most of the best SA schools send there u16s to a festival in Paarl and will therefore be absent from PMB (a real pity).

    The Kearsney Festival in Bothas Hill near Hillcrest is the only one in KZN but one of a number of Easter Festivals (There are at least 4 up in the Gauteng). However with the schools it’s managed to attract incl 4 of last yr’s “champion” schools, the Kearsney Festival is widely regarded as the best one this year.

    Bear in mind that when you attend one of these for the first time every face is strange one esp if you’re not a parent or a relative and I believe that like any other sport, much of the enjoyment comes from knowing the participants, so have patience, the more you watch, the more you get into it. The good thing is when you see a schoolboy player who’s cut above the rest, chances are very good that you’ll recognise him immediately in u19s and u21s when you see him again.

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.03.11 21:23:23 by beet Reply
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  • amazing how the cycles go…. after a number of years of MHS dominating the intake, it seems like there’s a Hilton backlash happening at the moment.

  • Comment 50, posted at 18.03.11 01:29:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • anyone PLZ tell me were they streaming the sharks chiefs game from?!? Need to find out its at 3 in the morn for me

  • Comment 51, posted at 18.03.11 05:31:47 by RuckingFun Reply

  • morning to all

    Welcome MJ i know you’ll be great for the Sharks

  • Comment 52, posted at 18.03.11 05:37:04 by chaz Reply

  • @CoffeeshopBok;-) (Comment 45) : Know Marius very well. Marius did not even make WP Craven week and had to go the Boland route, through their youth teams and find in Wayne Julies a formidable midfield partnet with coach Rudi Joubert. After a good season alla Dewaldt Duvenhage got his WP and Stormers contract. He and De Wet Barry (a few years older them him and Jean de Villiers a few years younger then him at Paarl Gym) get picked by Jake White at the start of his Bok career coach. Jake and Fester (vd Merwe) overplayed him in one season (remember his hat trick against the All Blacks at Ellispark) and his body broke down more then anything it had to do with Mossie appearance. Luckily at Clermont they have two sqauds running (T14 and Heineken Cup) and gave him enough time to recover. He doop (baptised?) his first born earlier this year and had problems getting his visum sorted and got back one week later then expected. That sort of change his mind to get back to SA and wants to be closer to his family. He had offers from the Lions aswell but at the end the family farm at Joubertina closer to Durban plus the Durban lifestyle probably won the Sharks race for him.

    Good luck to him and he is one hell of a addition for the Sharks and have the Gimmie Guts caracter to give his all to the Sharks.

    @Rob: Where is that tall timber Gimmie lock these days?

  • Comment 53, posted at 18.03.11 07:55:28 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 53) :

    Thank you for the awesome insight!

    Good to have some background on our players..

  • Comment 54, posted at 18.03.11 07:58:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 47) : Myself have a passion walking the line and watching schoolboy rugby, probably the best rugby to watch and will rather spend on weekends watching this then S15 rugby on TV.

    The schoolboy season starts always with the Easter weeks. Just to give you an idea the way its done here in Paarl is our U13 kaalvoete, starting preparing since the schools open doing their thing on the practise field twice a week from 06h30 to 08h00 at the morning twice a week to fit in between the summer sports.

    The big easter tournaments:
    Kearsney College 21 to 25 April,
    Monnas tournament for seccie teams 31 March to 4 April (Outeniqua, Waterkloof, St John’s Boys College, Parktown Boys, Monnas, Diamantveld, Marais Viljoen, Kemptonpark, Paarl Gimnasium two teams (seccies and chippies), Golden Lions Uitnodiging (wat deel gaan neem aan die St John’s Paasrugbyfees) en Kearsney College.)
    Tony Stoops festival at President HS 2 – 6 April
    Wynbergs Festival (7-10 April)
    St Stitians Festival (21-25 April)
    Oakdales Festival
    KES festival (21-25 April)
    Paarl Gims U16 Tournament and Paarl Boishaai U15 tournament.

  • Comment 55, posted at 18.03.11 08:31:07 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 55) :


    Any of these tournaments in the Durban region? I am an old Kuswag boy, any idea what their rugby is up to lately? They are a tiny Afrikaans school, but have had a few great seasons in the past..

  • Comment 56, posted at 18.03.11 08:33:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Those I know of is the Kearsney one already mentioned, Glenwood U13 Kaalvoet U13 tournament 1-3 April Participating schools: Amanzimtoti Primary, Cambridge Primary (Eastern Cape), DPHS, Egerton (Ladysmith), Garsfontein Laerskool (Pretoria), Glenwood Prep, Huttenpark Primary (Newcastle), Hennopspark Laerskool (Pretoria), Hibiscus Coast Schools (KZN South Coast), Lucas Meyer PrimΓͺre Skool (Vryheid), Monument Primary (Ladysmith), Paulpietersburg Primary (Paulspietersburg), Pelham Primary (Pietermaritzburg), Penzance Primary, Richards Bay Primary (Richards Bay), Richardia Primary (Richards Bay), Stirling Primary (East London), Umhlali Primary (Umhlali)

    Know our lot will play at the yearly Marlow tournament, just been in action at St Benedict in Joburg.

  • Comment 57, posted at 18.03.11 08:38:51 by PaarlBok Reply

  • When the rumor was doing the rounds I said that it didn’t do much for me, but acknowledged the value Marius could bring. Now, the more I think of it, the better it sounds. He can add huge experience and sound ability to the squad and act as mentor to the young blood, not that my two cents really matters, but I approve. Welcome to the family Marius. Now really want to see Swannie hit some form to add real depth at inside centre, he is much better than he is revealing. Our centre combination of Stef and Meyer is one dimensional, we need more there. I am not discrediting Meyer and Stef, but more pressure needs to be placed on them from the squad.

  • Comment 58, posted at 18.03.11 12:24:05 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • Yip EVERYONE was singing his praises all right. πŸ™„

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.11.11 09:40:06 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • this is great news… only 2 years and we’ve already used up 6 months. Will only have to put up with him for another 3 campaigns (2 X super rugby and 1 Currie Cup)

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.11.11 09:43:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : Those must be the praises Maggie was refering to. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.11.11 09:48:21 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 61) : when are you going to learn to stop feeding it? πŸ™‚

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  • @robdylan (Comment 62) : Maggie is fun to have around. πŸ™‚ If you apply a VERY coarse filter, one or two comments invariably stick and are worth a 2nd look. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 63, posted at 02.11.11 09:57:45 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • So I think I was so shocked about the announcement that I had no words, no comment from me?

  • Comment 64, posted at 02.11.11 11:03:43 by Franshark Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 62) : We feed them in the hope they will grow-up πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 65, posted at 02.11.11 11:06:24 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 65) : πŸ˜†

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