Terblanche calls time on Sharks career

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 1 Nov 2011 at 09:32
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Stefan Terblanche has officially ended the speculation regarding his future by confirming that he will leave the Sharks to join Ulster on a short-term contract.

Terblanche finally let the cat out of the bag this morning, after the move was confirmed by the Belfast side yesterday. The most-capped Shark of all time started hinting a few weeks back that he wouldn’t be in black and white again next season, although when questioned about retirement, insisted that he was not going to be hanging up his boots.

Terblanche will join a strong South African contingent at Ravenhill that includes former Sharks team mates Ruan Pienaar and Johann Muller. The deal is only for 3 months, as cover for the injured Jared Payne.

It is unclear whether Terblanche intends to move elsewhere once the Ulster deal is up. Rumours have linked him to both Japan and Wales, but he may also opt to retire altogether in February next year.

We’d like to wish Stefan all the best in the white and red of Ulster and thank him for many, many years of loyal and dedicated service.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 01.11.11 09:33:47 by Uli Reply
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  • Go well Stef, you have been a wonderful servant of SA Rugby.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.11.11 09:34:31 by Morné Reply
  • I reckon Oupa still has enough in him to play a while up North.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.11.11 09:34:49 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Good luck Stefan. You were a true inspiration. Any one knows what happened to Riaan Swanepoel, whereabouts?

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.11.11 09:44:58 by dewald1 Reply

  • @dewald1 (Comment 4) : looks like he signed with french club brive

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.11.11 09:48:37 by jovner Reply

  • Go well, be blessed, and while you can, enjoy playing the game of rugby…

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.11.11 09:49:22 by Franshark Reply
  • Thanks Jovner. Sharks need new Centres.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.11.11 09:55:51 by dewald1 Reply

  • All the best for the future Stefan, you were an inspiration and a true Sharks legend. You served Sharks rugby with true dedication and loyalty and for that we salute you.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.11.11 09:57:15 by jonnow Reply

  • @dewald1 (Comment 7) : There is one on his way.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.11.11 10:04:39 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 9) :

    is his head white ? 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.11.11 10:07:15 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @jovner (Comment 5) : spot on – just working on the story now

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.11.11 10:08:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 10) : Yes, now is a good Tim(e) to announce the confirmation.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.11.11 10:10:29 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I thought you’d done the article a few weeks back

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.11.11 10:12:12 by beet Reply
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  • This must qualify for worst kept secret of the year

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.11.11 10:13:13 by beet Reply
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  • Thank you for your dedicated service to the Sharks Oupa Stef! Good luck to the future.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.11.11 10:15:50 by Ben Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 13) : about Swannie? No…

    Yes, I confirmed the Whitehead move a few weeks back… but now it’s apparently “confirmed confirmed”… all silly semantics.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.11.11 10:18:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cheers Stefan.
    You have been a great example to many a player and supporter. Be well, be healthy and enjoy.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.11.11 10:20:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Maybe Stef can slap Ruan a few times and get him playing like he did at the Sharks again??

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.11.11 10:21:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • True Gentleman! Great servant of the game we so love! Wishing u all the best!

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.11.11 10:23:13 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Thanks for all you have done for the Sharks Stef. You have been a great role model. All the best with Ulster.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.11.11 10:23:23 by war1 Reply
  • Cheers buddy. May you have a great future. 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.11.11 10:28:46 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Thank you Stefan.

    A nice down to earth humourous guy that never once selected himself for the Sharks team. He could have been overlooked in 2011 but the coach who’d guided the Sharks to 3 Currie Cup finals in 4 seasons believed that he still had a role to play.

    Stef’s leadership was instrumental in the Currie Cup winning campaign of 2010.

    Although he produced some great form in his early years in the Super 12 and played at the highest level for SA, I think I’ll best remember Stefan when for that spell in his career as the graceful reliable Sharks fullback that commanded the back and wowed both fans and opponents of the Sharks.

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.11.11 10:49:10 by beet Reply
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  • Dear Oupa (says the older-than-Stef blogger), thank you for your dedication and selfless devotion to the Sharks cause. All the best with your future endeavours, and I hope to see you back and involved behind the scenes at the Sharks in the very near future.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.11.11 10:49:21 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Cheers Stef, thanks for the good times! You’ve done us proud.

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.11.11 11:40:34 by billy Reply

  • Already send him my well wishes. I think he can do great couching, that way he stays involved with rugby.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.11.11 11:43:53 by Nita Reply

  • what is this about michalak going back to france? 😯

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.11.11 11:48:02 by Megatron Reply

  • My favourite moment from Stef was around 98/99 in a test against the All Blacks when he steamrollered over Christian Cullen on his way to a try.

    Thanks Stef

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.11.11 11:50:17 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 26) : he’s already there…

    It’s called a “holiday”

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.11.11 11:51:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : And what do you think of him? My feeling is that Alistair Coetzee gave him plenty of chances in both Super14 and Currie Cup and he was solid but not spectacular…

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.11.11 11:53:43 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 29) : I haven’t seen enough of him to comment either way.

    Does feel a bit as though we’re giving every centre in the country a trial run though…

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.11.11 11:58:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : And it will be confirmed again when he arrives in Dbn. 🙂

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.11.11 11:59:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : until now it’s been the wrong centres. 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.11.11 12:00:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 26) : oh wait – I see it now.

    He was only ever contracted to the Sharks until te end of Super Rugby next year… all he’s saying now is that he’ll move back to France after that.

    Big whoopie…

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.11.11 12:03:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • KSA my handle pic has not been updated since Sunday ..?

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.11.11 12:03:23 by CoffeeshopBok ;-) Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : someone said something about how we missed a trick with Stemmet… I kind of have to agree.

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.11.11 12:04:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CoffeeshopBok 😉 (Comment 34) : Ctrl-F5

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.11.11 12:06:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : Don’t you think it would be a good idea to keep him on at the Sharks in the same role Spencer plays for the Lions? Or does he still want to go and play Rugby in France?

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.11.11 12:07:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) :

    Thanks Robd !

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.11.11 12:10:18 by CoffeeshopBok ;-) Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 37) : he apparently wants to get back into the French test squad

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.11.11 12:13:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CoffeeshopBok 😉 (Comment 38) : no problem dude

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.11.11 12:14:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : Does he now. The French do like them flyhalves small and petit.

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.11.11 12:18:53 by Ben Reply
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  • Good luck Stef – you’re a legend. Hope we see you back at the Sharks as conditioning coach one day!

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.11.11 12:20:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : is it just a “holiday”? 😀

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.11.11 12:28:04 by Megatron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : We missed a serious trick with Stemmet! We let him go and then just after that bring in Joubert who costs more? Makes no business sense!

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.11.11 12:50:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 43) : I just saw on the three letter site (that dare not speak it’s name) that Michalak wants to try and have another crack at the french team because their coach is a bit more accepting of Michalak’s instinctive style. A bit optimistic if you ask me. He’s 29 and they seemed perfectly capable with the two flyhalves they took to the World Cup.

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.11.11 12:55:17 by CapeShark Reply
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