Two former Sharks join Kings

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content on 5 Jun 2012 at 11:24
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Two players who have represented the Sharks at various levels of the game will join up with the EP Kings ahead of this year’s Currie Cup – and presumably next year’s Super Rugby – tournament.

Scrumhalf Scott Mathie, who played for the Sharks at Currie Cup and Super Rugby level between 2006 and 2008, has returned from the UK (where he represented both Leeds and the Sale Sharks) to join up with the EP side, according to his agent Anthony Johnston.

In a somewhat more surpsing development, Beeld reports that former Sharks XV flyhalf Wesley Dunlop has also returned to the Bay. Dunlop matriculated at Grey High in PE before joining the Sharks Academy. He went on to star for the Sharks at age-group and Vodacom Cup level before joining EP on loan for the Currie Cup a few years back. He has since moved on to the Bulls, though, where he went on to play a starring role in Tukkies’ maiden Varsity Cup triumph this year.

It had been widely assumed that “Horse” would be one of the Bulls’ go-to men in this year’s Currie Cup, making the decision to swap Pretoria for PE all the stranger.


  • Province should have a look at Dunlop.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.06.12 11:33:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I don’t remember much of Mathie, but i do remember rating him more highly than McLeod when he left…

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.06.12 11:35:05 by The Quirk Reply
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  • Dunlop is a good signing.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.06.12 12:35:57 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Megatron, your opinion on these two signings?

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.06.12 13:19:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Pleased for the 2 lads – they get a shot at Super rugby. However I’m not sure they (and maybe other signings along their calibre) will do much to enhance the Kings chances. My understanding from the prose from SARU is Kings will play in 2013. Thereafter there may be relegation / promotion playoffs (still all in the air?) This could be the Kings only year in SR..?? I’m surmising here.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.06.12 14:40:43 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 5) : Well, we’ve seen from our beloved Sharks that it’s not the opposition on the field that gets you the victory, but rather their position on the log 😈

    But, apparently the Kings will have a two year free SR pass, where the 4th placed team will have to play promotion/relegation match for 2013.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.06.12 14:53:56 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : 2 Years? Ok, didnt know that – well at least it gives them a fair shot. Coming 4th ….hmmm… we’re third this year with the Cheetahs not far behind… 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.06.12 15:38:32 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 7) : and given that the promotion-relegation match would most likely be played at our favourite hunting ground of Ellis Park 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.06.12 16:09:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I wouldnt be surprised if next year we see 90% of the Lions parading as the Kings and vice versa with the current Kings squad. This situation will then be reversed in 2 years time.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.06.12 16:52:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Funny how much can change in a week.

    Last week we were speculating how many Lions would join the Kings and if we`d sign some of them . . . Now we have Sharks joining the Kings! 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.06.12 08:26:54 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : Ex Sharks

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.06.12 08:34:10 by lostfish Reply
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  • Read in the SARugby mag that the Kings plan to sign a number of “foreign” Saffas with the likes of even Brent Russell being named. Yeah yeah, I know. Keo = SARugby.

    I think Louis Fouche was a shorthead ahead of The Horse at the Bulls (no pun intended at all). Any other flyhalf bench warmers up north come CC?

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.06.12 19:53:22 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 12) :

    Dont know who they plan to sign from the North, cant be too many as most European contracts have been renewed. I guess Kockott might be a possibility, or Riaan Swanepoel (all old EC boys).
    Read on Beeld that Michael Killian is also moving back to the EC.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.06.12 23:27:14 by Pat Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 13) : Riaan Swanepoel? Since when is Kimberley in the Eastern Cape? 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.06.12 06:35:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pat (Comment 13) :

    Jip Killian is leaving as well …

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.06.12 06:49:21 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : its in the cape no doubt..just far north haha

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.06.12 07:27:39 by shaniboi Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) :

    LOL OP . sis man !!!!

    But no honestly . if the Kings thing is to be successful the Lions would still have to exist . And moving players between the Kings and the Lions wont help (same team different name ?)

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.06.12 08:08:17 by Zibbie Reply
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