Van Staden back in Durban

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 5 Jan 2012 at 10:50
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Sharks prop Eugene van Staden is back in training with the Sharks in Durban, after an off-season loan move that saw him play for Biarritz Olympique in South-West France.

The burly front-ranker, who represented Montepellier in the French league for 3 seasons before joining the Sharks, left for France shortly after the Currie Cup final last year to provide emergency front-row cover after Eduard Coetzee (another former Shark) was forced into early retirement. Speculation was rife at the time that the move may be a permanent one, but our information was always that van Staden would return to the Sharks in time for pre-season training this month.

Despite playing his last match for Biarritz on Saturday, van Staden flew back to Durban on Tuesday and got straight back into the action yesterday morning, confirming to Sharksworld that he “had a bit of a sweat with the boys” and that it was great to be back.

The Sharks are well covered in terms of front row options for the season, with Beast Mtawarira, Jannie du Plessis, van Staden, Wiehahn Herbst, Dale Chadwick and Julian Redelinghuys all in the picture for Super Rugby selection.


  • Good news! Now one of them can go play crocodile dundee and catch the nile crocodile that’s been spotted near the umgeni river in durban..

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.01.12 11:02:27 by bergshark Reply
  • Let’s just hope he doesn’t feel it towards the end of the Super Rugby season.

    Good to have a nice match fit prop to default to though..

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.01.12 11:22:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : the key here is rotation. I think in reality, Jannie and Beast will start most of the games when fit, but that bench prop role simply has to be shared.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.01.12 11:25:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :


    We have a strong front row if they can stay fit. Expecting a big season from the Beast, I am sure he will shine.

    Looking forward to Gena and Wiehahn getting some game time though..

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.01.12 11:30:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Wiehahn Herbst will be pushing hard for that bench position/rotational starting position also (though a th).v staden can prop both sides of the scrum,def advantage if looking for bench.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.01.12 11:31:44 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 5) : it’s true… I reckon if and when Jannie gets rested, they could bring Wors in… Eugene to start at 3 and move to 1 later if required.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.01.12 11:41:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • I hope that scrum doctor Ballie Swart is working hard with our scrum.

    The sharks have a bok front row eish turbo reverse was a massive problem at loftus last year. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.01.12 12:50:39 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 7) : you must know my good friend Grant10… 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.01.12 12:54:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : :mrgreen: that grant 10 is something else.

    He gave poor smitty sooo much k.k.

    Heard he hates Pierre with a passion.

    Well he is from the cape. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.01.12 13:00:06 by Muzi Reply

  • Welcome back Eugene 😎

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.01.12 11:11:15 by JarsonX Reply
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  • This guy is a real troop…sorta bloke you want in the trenches with you. having him around is a breath of fresh air. he is also a pretty nifty carrier of the ball and his is alot more mobile than u would expect

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.01.12 12:20:02 by The Duke Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : On a very basic level, the Sharks biggest problem in SupeRugby 2011 was that there was not near enough rotation. Lessons must be learned, and starting every game with Beast, Bissie and Jannie is not going to be effective. The season is even longer this year, and we saw players like Bissie and Alberts break down toward the end of last season. This is nothing like the Super 12 or 14 were, this new format has changed how a squad should approach the season. Everyone was talking about how tainted Alberts looked toward the end of last SupeRugby season.

    I have been away for a while, and partially because I grew tired of reading the same negativity after the season. I honestly could not believe how negative so many were about a playoff appearance in SupeRugby and a second place on the CC log and finals appearance. We have superb talent in the Sharks, we have the player personnel to be incredibly effective in both SupeRugby and CC. If we learn from our few failures last season, like player rotation, we can once again go far, but our approach to playing the 2012 SupeRugby competition has to be different, and I hope enlightened. I have plenty ideas, but that is not important, it is the ideas the coaching and management staff can come up with. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.01.12 05:36:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 12) : Howdy DB! How’s the house?

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.01.12 05:42:13 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 12) : have to agree with that….

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.01.12 10:28:06 by Franshark Reply
  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 12) : This lack of rotation was already a problem in 2009 and it did not look like any lessons have been learnt. I am with you that the Sharks did not have a bad 2010 results wise but often their wins were pretty ugly. I just feel they have much more potential.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.01.12 13:03:37 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 13) : House is fixed, thanks for asking but now I am looking for a job….

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.01.12 04:29:58 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : I should have said that since lessons clearly seem not to have been learned, perhaps a novel, intelligent and (most importantly) different approach to this new format of the SupeRugby season is the way to go. 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.01.12 04:35:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 16) : oh?

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.01.12 06:30:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : hey Rob any news on the new jersey for 2012? I saw the Bulls jersey…kakkaka….I wish we had adidas as a sharks sponsor…Reebok sucks!! And Maxed also is a stupid clothing sponser…I will play Golf in a sharks Adidas Golf Shirt…but a sharks Maxed, eikona bud.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.01.12 08:32:22 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 19) : given the amount of money Mr Price pours into keeping Sharks rugby healthy, I’m proud to wear Maxed gear as often as possible.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.01.12 08:41:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 19) : A lot of Sharks fans, me included, think Reebok is cool.

    I hope and believe there will be no change.

    stop listening to “roomers” 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.01.12 08:42:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • No sorry boys, I hope we get a replacement for reebok soon…maxed as a silver sponcer no worries…but a reebok jersey…don’t like…

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.01.12 08:50:48 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : I dont really have issues with Maxed, Reebok or Mr Price, but some of the Sharks branded clothing is below standard, especially the Sharkie logo.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.01.12 09:02:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : me too! Branding is all in the mind – my aunt is an exporter for a majour Italian brand in Italy trust me its all made in China by the same companies that sell the R100 dress in your local chinese shop!

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.01.12 09:17:27 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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