Newman out in the cold again?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 10 Jan 2012 at 08:00
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Details are sparse at this stage, but it appears as though former WP centre Morgan Newman is still looking for a new rugby home, after a trial spell with the Sharks Vodacom Cup side appears to have come to naught.

The likeable Newman, who has struggled to find a regular gig since leaving Province a few seasons back, was considered one of the up-and-coming midfield stars in Cape Town when he first appeared on the scene. He was invited to train with the Sharks XV squad when they convened at the end of last year and our understanding was that the initial signs were positive, with the player set to return to Durban after the Christmas break to thrash out a deal.

All of that now seems to have fallen through. Our information is that Newman is still in Cape Town and trying to find somewhere else to play his rugby in 2012 – we’d like to wish him well in his future endeavours and truly hope that he finds a decent gig soon.

The signs are better for former Lions back Wandile Mjekevu. “Jakes” seems to have impressed the Sharks coaching staff and now looks to be very much part of the squad, although it’s not currently clear whether he has officially been contracted. In a reasonably bizarre twist, Mjekevu’s arrival in Durban sees him reunited with KES classmate and fellow centre Jared Meyer, who played for the Sharks under 21s last year.


  • Morning Sir Rob Dylan 🙂 Wandile and Jarryd were the talk of the town in 2008 pure class at craven week.

    We did not see eye to eye concerning Piet Lindeque :mrgreen: BUT i hope this year he steps up.

    Very excited about rising star Paul Jordaan he will rattle afew feathers this year.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.01.12 08:11:00 by Muzi Reply
  • Hi Rob, do you have a list of the current sharks training group?

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.01.12 08:33:51 by mbay-shark Reply
  • Good to hear that mjekevu is still in the training squad .

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.01.12 08:52:07 by bergshark Reply
  • @mbay-shark (Comment 2) : it’s something like this

    Beast chadwick bis burden cooper jannie eugene herbst redelinghuys bresler marais skeate hargreaves du toit keegan botes alberts deysel coetzee kankowski mtembu

    Mcleod hoffmann reinach michalak lambie potgieter bosman whitehead joubert mjekevu jordaan pietersen ndungane mvovo sithole ludik viljoen prinsloo

    Hope I haven’t forgotten anyone

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.01.12 09:42:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • wandile is talented, it’s Mitchell’s loss the decided to let him go!

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.01.12 09:49:29 by Megatron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Not a bad squad. With some decent, creative coaching this team could do very well.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.01.12 09:51:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : I’m trying to figure out what’s going on in your new avatar. Could you elaborate? 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.01.12 09:52:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    I’m glad that du Toit is in amongst the locks there. I hope he stays in the SuperSquad.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.01.12 10:17:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : at the Sevens, these okes were dressed as “Bryce Lawrences” and had blue eyes and bloodied bandages after being moered by Bok supporters on their arrival in SA 😆 😎

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.01.12 10:20:47 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : 😎

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.01.12 10:22:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.01.12 10:29:28 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Thanks Rob!

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.01.12 10:29:41 by mbay-shark Reply

  • I cant wait for the rugga to start 😕

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.01.12 10:31:12 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.01.12 11:38:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Rob, I’m striking a blank, and am probably going to wind up looking like a fool, but who’s the Du Toit you have in your list of forwards?

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.01.12 11:45:16 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : Never mind, just figured out it’s Beet’s favoirite – Pieter-Steph 😳

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.01.12 11:46:23 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Huge Mistake of course.

    Compared to our other options Morgan Newman should`ve walked straight into the side.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.01.12 14:25:17 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : LIKE!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.01.12 14:42:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Now for some decent coaches!

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.01.12 21:04:31 by siorc Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : would have liked seeing hi in the black and white is he a 12 or a 13

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.01.12 21:07:16 by BR Reply
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  • I’m not surprised to see Newman without a gig. If he couldn’t cut it at the Cheetahs where centres have been in short supply, it was hard to see him leapfrogging some of the juniors we have on the books.

    It must really be frustrating for Newman to have been a youngster on the verge of Bok selection and staring a promising future in the face, only to have injury put something he could almost touch back then, a lightyear of distance away now

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.01.12 21:26:32 by beet Reply
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