Sarries confirm Hargreaves coup

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2012 at 11:07
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The Saracens website has just confirmed that Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves will play for the London club later this year.

According to the site, Hargreaves said: “Everybody in South African rugby knows there is something special happening at Saracens, and I can’t wait to get stuck in and make a contribution to the continuing development of the club. This is a fantastic opportunity for me at a crucial stage of my rugby career.”

Mark McCall, Director of Rugby, added: “Alistair has a fantastic pedigree in SA Rugby, and we are confident he will flourish in our environment.”

Sharksworld first reported this story last week, but at that stage, weren’t able to confirm it. With the big lock currently battling a foot injury, it’s unclear whether he will play for the Sharks again ahead of a mid-year departure to the UK.

It’s sad to see you go, Al – hope the move works out well for you.


  • It is sad to see him go but it isn’t really such a big loss. He has been a decent servant to the Sharks but he hasn’t really lived up to potential and he is WAY down the pecking order with the Boks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.12 11:13:10 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 1) : Must be a lekka jol playing for Sarries

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.12 11:35:27 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Good luck to him. They may as well change Sarries’ name to The ExBoks

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.12 11:52:34 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) : And then they should seek sponsorship from Microsoft!

    The Microsoft Exboks! 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.12 12:44:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Well he will be joining Brad Barritt and co living in St Albans and braaing at each others places. St Albans is nice, but not quite the same as Umhlanga or other nice places in Durban. Unfortunately for Alastair he just lacks the grunt needed for a lock and has got too slow for a flank, his main asset as a junior was the lineout but even this has gone now. He has the physical attributes but lacks the physicality. Good luck to him joining Mouritz in the second row, at least he can’t be lost to England now…

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.12 14:41:22 by Grasshopper Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : Do you write this stuff down in the morning or just make it up as you go? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.12 15:33:59 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Go well Alistair. I hope you regain some of the form we saw from you in the 2010 CC semi’s and finals.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.12 15:42:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) : They are already known as Saffacens

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.12 16:31:47 by lostfish Reply
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  • This is a huge loss. For some reason this guy reminds me of a matfield type player with an excellent rugby brain. So sad.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.12 18:51:01 by cody007 Reply

  • No great loss to the Sharks nor the Boks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.04.12 06:45:03 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 10) : Yet he has one trait which the Sharks are in need of. Leadership skills. His experience is also invaluable, you can never disregard the effect a player like him, or even Marius Joubert have on the younger guys

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.04.12 06:52:11 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 11) : [email protected]Die Kriek (Comment 11) :Granted to an extent. However, he is not capable of making the team, nor is Joubert.
    The Sharks have let most of their decent leaders go. Lets be fair, Andries Strauss would be far more valuable to the Sharks than Joubert, as he would start the game and could also be the captain.
    But he was not offered a contract and Joubert was.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.04.12 07:47:30 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 12) : you know for a fact that Strauss was not offered a contract?

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.04.12 07:50:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Why did he leave the Sharks then? He was the starting 12, the Currie Cup Hero, a Springbok. Lets be honest, Durban is a far nicer place to live than Bloemfontein. The Sharks can offer far better money than the always cash strapped Cheetahs.
    Ok maybe they offered him a contract, perhaps it was just a not what the Cheetahs thought he was worth.
    Makes no difference, they let him go, but kept someone like Joubert.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.04.12 10:49:12 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 14) : I agree, but as far as I know, Dries decided to go back to Bloem primarily for game time, not because the Sharks didn’t want to keep him.

    Let’s also remember hat before one good CC season, he spent about 3 years impressing nobody in the Vodacom Cup.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.04.12 11:02:18 by robdylan Reply
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