Swiel lined up for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 2 Nov 2013 at 13:34
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Western Province have announced that 20-year-old fly half Tim Swiel is on his way to join the Sharks.
While there has as yet been no official confirmation of a contract from the Durban union, all the signs point to the promising youngster, who spearheaded Province’s u21 title charge this year, playing his rugby in black and white in 2014.

New Sharks Director Jake White is believed to be a big fan of Swiel’s play. However, one would fancy that the young man will need to be patient, with the Sharks already boasting the likes of Pat Lambie, Fred Zeilinga and Hansie Graaff as senior fly half options. Rob du Preez and Jean-Luc du Plessis will also compete strongly for the under 21 spot next year.


  • The only man ahead of him at 10 IMO is Lambie. Could maybe also be an option at fullback…

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.11.13 13:41:13 by JJR Reply
  • Just such a great talent…chuffed!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.11.13 13:42:28 by JJR Reply
  • From what I’ve seen he looks like a decent running 10/15, must say that we do have depth and he will have to prove himself to crack a nod above half the players we have.

    Good to have him here though.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.11.13 13:50:40 by Talent Reply
  • Has James retired or left?

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.11.13 14:06:55 by MerckZ Reply

  • I have a feeling he’ll start his apprenticeship by rotating with Marais. We need more depth in that position.

    Edit: to explain my thinking here, Jake White used a young Frans Steyn at wing and fullback before moving him closer to the action.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.11.13 14:53:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Not that impressed,lots of flyhalfs around at the moment. Also senters, but we need more big wings. We still only have habana and JP, and now everyone is SOooo excited about the midget from the cape……Where is our big strong finishers!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.11.13 16:00:11 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Hopefully he can back sp Marias at fullback because we have a lot of talented flyhalfs coming through

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.11.13 21:58:12 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Swiel is definitely a great impact player to have off the bench; but I see him having a good shout for fullback and then have SP on the wing and JPP on the other.

    Guys go crazy for Kolbe and his attacking skills, but imo this guy can be just as good! His sprinting times have been compared with Habana…he is very fast!

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.11.13 23:13:03 by JJR Reply
  • South Africa’s very own James O’Connor, reminds me so much of the Australian prodigy. What an acquisition for Sharks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.11.13 01:03:19 by Ludz Reply

  • Sharks have just signed prospectively the best 10 in SA……mark my words, this young man is special. What a blow to WP / Stormers. How AC can be expected to perform the role of Head Coach as well as D O R is beyond me. All the while Brendan Venter sits a few kms away …..mind blowing.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.11.13 06:34:24 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 10) : My best mate has been raving about this guy for ages. First time I saw him play was in the u/21 final. Didn’t rock my world but will watch him with keen eyes. Welcome to the Sharks young man.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.11.13 07:59:07 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Well, he was very impressive at school-boy level:

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.11.13 10:05:17 by MerckZ Reply

  • Sorry, I didn’t realise it would embed the video 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.11.13 10:10:40 by MerckZ Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 10) : Agree; this kid is insane!!

    His best skills are obviously his running skills, so i would def. be putting him at 15 to start with and then 10 in the CC…if he hasn’t made the Boks…guys rate Kolbe, but i believe Swiel is a more complete attacking package.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.11.13 12:01:18 by JJR Reply
  • Swiel, Lambie, Frans Steyn, JPP and Jordaan in the same backline…gonna be a good 2014 people!!

    Just waiting for confirmation of the Ossthuizen signing…he will be playing next to PSDT next year if we have signed him…out and out number 4, has played flank and he is 20 years old and 120kg…Jake/John Smit have made two very very good signings in Ettienne and Swiel!! Well Done.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.11.13 12:08:00 by JJR Reply
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 11) : clearly didn’t see the Sharks u21 game against WP u21, Swiel showed the Sharks proper flames and everything he touched on the day turned to gold. You know any Sharks u21 okes, ask them about that game and they’ll tell you.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.11.13 13:59:06 by Ludz Reply

  • Wow he’s got a great step and speed 2 burn, very exciting! Welcome to the sharks

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.11.13 14:38:38 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Swiel is a great signing by the Sharks, this kid is the real deal……twice the talent Zeilinga is.

    Its just another example of how poor Coetzee is at WP with him overlooking Swiel for the average Coleman……..much like Quinn Roux being overlooked for de Kock Steenkamp……..we all know where Roux has pissed off to now and will no doubt end up playing against the Boks instead of for them

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.11.13 16:43:50 by Saffex Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 16) : Didn’t see the game. Getting excited. Feb 2014 is so far away.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.11.13 17:04:00 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 1) : you are a dead man walking with that comment. :mrgreen:

    How dare you rate ANYONE a head of Zeus? 😛

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.11.13 17:11:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Comment 21, posted at 03.11.13 19:52:48 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 21) : No. Zeilinga is now refered to as Zeus. 😯

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.11.13 01:30:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Best News since White was announced been punting him as a shark for years. And White is the right man to get Swiel’s head back on track…such big fan as I am of the man- he has a very big case of the Windgat!

    Swiel for those who don’t know is a very Good Goal kicker and Fullback. He can also play a extremely good game at 10. He has enough speed to slot in on the wings.

    Great acquisition!!! Thumbs Up to the Great White of Sharks Rugby 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.11.13 07:07:46 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 23) : big head? Really? He always seemed like a decent chap when I talked to him, don’t know him that well though

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.11.13 07:46:01 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 24) : well to be Fair about a year ago I was concerned not seeing the man feature and I made some enquiry and this was the average response. But to be fair to Swiel he is eminently talented, and if he was a Aussie he would have been a feature on the senior side, he has the same pedigree maybe even better skilled than Miss O ‘ Connor. Playing Rugby and Club rugby for 13 years (after school) I can also vouch that the best players always had a little Windgat- a bit of over confidence that probably made then perform better. Hopefully White can help him excel and channel the confidence.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.11.13 08:16:03 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Stormers have signed argentinean lock manuel carizza – 2.02m 118kg

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.11.13 08:35:17 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • From the WP website..
    “WP, however, have contracted the necessary depth in the shape of 2012 SA Schools flyhalf Ryno Eksteen who is back to full fitness from a knee injury.
    Furthermore, schoolboy flyhalves Brandon Thomson (SA Schools, 2013) and Ernst Stapelberg (the highly-rated No.10 from Eastern Province) are part of the star-studded Western Province Rugby Insitute intake for next year and will add to the selection options for the WP Under-19 and Under-21 teams in 2014. (See that squad here.)
    Eksteen has two years of Under-21 rugby ahead of him, whilst Thompson and Stapelberg will be Under-19 in 2014.

    Clearly WP dont see Swiel as anything more than an age group player, while the Sharks, Im sure, see him as a possible senior group player.

    No wonder he was prepared to jump at the opportunity.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.11.13 09:26:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : i havent seen swiel play but robert du preez made sa u20 ahead of him.then there is jean-luc du plessis playing u19 rugby with the sharks.but lets see what swiel brings to the field.some of the bloggers have mentioned fullback,wing as other positions he could play.

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.11.13 09:32:15 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 28) : Wasn’t he injured at the time? I vaguely remember reading that somewhere.

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.11.13 09:40:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 29) : ah,thanks,will check.

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.11.13 09:44:36 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) :

    So they go for the School Boys instead of the talent they have within the squad? Sounds a lot like another Union I know?!

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.11.13 09:57:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Butch has retired and Ludik is in France playing for Agen.

    This is a great signing as a 10/15 backup.

    He’ll definitely get game time at the Sharks. Something which wouldn’t have been guaranteed at the Stormers.

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.11.13 10:06:24 by John Galt Reply

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  • This only makes sense if he is seen as a 15 and secondly as emergency 10 cover. He is a talented player and perhaps would better suit the fullback position than 10. Although he will definitely get game time at 10 in CC next year i reckon. For me Dupreez isnt the best 10- id prefer if he moved to 12. Big guy with good distribution. He just doesnt read the game well enough at 10.

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.11.13 10:21:18 by SheldonK Reply

  • @John Galt (Comment 32) :talented grey college and sa schools fullback ew viljoen will also be playing in the cape next season.wouldve been interesting to see if sharks couldve managed to sign him if it was known jake white was joining the union.then again,maybe he wants to play varsity cup and enjoy student life.

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.11.13 10:21:25 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 28) : Yes, by all accounts there seems to be plenty of flyhalf talent within the Sharks juniour ranks. Im sure the Sharks are not looking at him for those ranks though.

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.11.13 10:29:20 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 28) : @vanmartin (Comment 29) : If Im not mistaken he did not make himself available for the u/20s as a way of keeping his options open of playing for England some day (if the chance came up) He was in the initial squad.

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.11.13 10:33:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • 😆 Its that blue streak that runs through them.

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.11.13 10:34:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Tim Swiel made himself unavailable for the Junior Boks because he didn’t want to end up tied to SA for life…. he has a British passport and sees a potential international future for England.

    I guess what I’m saying is that we should probably accept that Swiel, like our new DoR, sees the Sharks as a stepping stone, rather than a final destination.

  • Comment 38, posted at 04.11.13 10:48:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : I thought playing for an international age group side didn’t tie you to that country? I’m pretty sure it was discussed at length in one of the SW threads a while back.

  • Comment 39, posted at 04.11.13 10:58:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : Agree with this one…Du preez looks like a good distributing 12 rather than a 10…kicking is very on and off…a lot like Pollard.

    @robdylan (Comment 38) : I really hope to see him play for the Boks one day…i remember reading that he was looking to play international rugby overseas (made me stress because he is flippin talented); but that doesn’t make sense if he can play for the Boks one day…will be a huge loss if he was to turn his back on SA. Jake and Smit will definitely do their best to make him a South African international and not a British one.

  • Comment 40, posted at 04.11.13 11:12:02 by JJR Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : From 2012 the SA u/20 is our designated 2nd team (before that the SA ‘A’ side)

  • Comment 41, posted at 04.11.13 11:21:20 by Baylion Reply

  • I can see Swiel also being able to play wing and have a similar role to that of Wille Le roux…this is definitely an option if he isn’t great under the high ball or something like that…have not seen enough of him at 15 against proper kicking opposition to judge his aerial skills yet.

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.11.13 11:21:52 by JJR Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 16) : agreed I watched the game and his stepping and tackle breaks were brilliant-welcome to durbs tim swiel

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.11.13 11:22:46 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

  • Just finished watching Timo on Youtube….. think we have bought ourselves a real talent. We are covered at fullback.

  • Comment 44, posted at 04.11.13 11:24:24 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 42) : wow, but that Timo Swiel poster of yours must have some frightening stains on it…. 🙂

    Get a grip, JJ. He’s a talented 20-year-old who hasn’t had so much as a minute of senior rugby yet.

  • Comment 45, posted at 04.11.13 11:25:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 43) : against schoolboys.

    @GreatSharksays (Comment 44) : against schoolboys.

  • Comment 46, posted at 04.11.13 11:26:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : I’m just a fan of the way he plays…not many guys have the skill set that he has.

    Everyone rated P.Jordaan, everyone rated Kolbe and look at them…doing great at senior level 😉

    Same with A.Esterhuizen… he will be great at senior rugby too 😉

    Just don’t want SA talent playing for the Poms!

  • Comment 47, posted at 04.11.13 11:30:19 by JJR Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 41) : Shot!

  • Comment 48, posted at 04.11.13 11:36:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 47) : Esterhuizen will be the next Frans Steyn

  • Comment 49, posted at 04.11.13 11:43:10 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 49) : will he be training with the sharks pre-season sr squad?

  • Comment 50, posted at 04.11.13 11:52:34 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • How is sean robinson getting on?from representing the sharks earlier this season in sr games he didnt play one cc game.

  • Comment 51, posted at 04.11.13 11:57:55 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 49) : Yup, very physical! @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 50) : I will be surprised if he doesn’t…was immense in the u/21’s this year and he is still eligible to play in a u/19 team, if i’m not mistaken…he will only keep getting better!

    Age is just a number these days…when you see players stand out in the u/21’s, most of the time they will have the ability to do the same at senior level. Eg. Paul Jordaan, Kolbe, Serfontein, PSDT, etc.

  • Comment 52, posted at 04.11.13 12:03:32 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 52) : also add seargal petersen’s name to that list – cant believe people raving about kolbe but forgetting seargal’s performances in this year’s sr.first taste of pro rugby and it is in the casuldron of what is superrugby.and he didnt shirk his defensive duties.sharks should get get him into their sr squad.dont know if he will sign with any other union except ep at this stage.but maybe sharks can ask again.

  • Comment 53, posted at 04.11.13 12:20:40 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • I don’t think staying at EP is best for his career, that’s for sure!

  • Comment 54, posted at 04.11.13 12:45:38 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 54) : stay at ep and wait for their (expected)inclusion in the enlarged sr comp 2015?means he could be drafted for next season’s sr.he gets sr gametime and opportunity to impress natl coach.also keeps his allegiance to kings for when they get promoted back to sr in expanded comp.he will only be 20 next season.

  • Comment 55, posted at 04.11.13 13:09:07 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : Rob, agreed that video clip reflects his schoolboy exploits on the rugby field, but you can only play what’s in front of you!

    My excitement about him coming to the Sharks is that he has got certain abilities that you cannot coach, or very difficult to coach! He has got pace to burn, he can step off both feet, his spatial awareness is of the highest order.

    His attacking play reminds me so much of Christian Cullen. I think that he will be devastating from broken play. I can’t wait to see him play in a Sharks jersey from fullback.

  • Comment 56, posted at 04.11.13 16:09:41 by Bump Reply

  • Swiel has to bulk up, he has the skills to play 12 and 15 but at 85kg is not going to make the cut. He is 1.80 m 85kg, he is very very fast. Habana fast! He needs to have a look at Wilkenson and Adam Ashleigh Coopers stature. This boy can play and not only create but break the line. But the space in Super rugby is created breaking tackles. And offloading in them. Can’t wait to see what he does under Great White.

  • Comment 57, posted at 04.11.13 17:37:38 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 57) : Yes he is only 85kg and 1.8m but he is only 20 years old. Habana is 1.79 m and 88 kg. Jonny 1.77 and 89 kg, Beale 1.84 and 90kg, Pat Lambie 1.77 and 83 kg. You would expect him to put on 5 – 10kgs in the next 2 years. So his size really has nothing to do with it in fact it is a positive. By then he will be bigger and faster than Dan Carter.

  • Comment 58, posted at 04.11.13 19:23:10 by markp Reply

  • @markp (Comment 58) : Pat’s close to 90kg these days, but your point stands.

  • Comment 59, posted at 04.11.13 19:24:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @markp (Comment 58) : I would expect him as he is 1.80 to at lease get up to 89 Next year and 92 after that. Coaches who don’t balance growth in players knock down their speed. I made that mistake as a coach and a lot friends who played club rugby with me had the same concerns.

  • Comment 60, posted at 04.11.13 19:33:44 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : jeeeez Rob your statement about Swiel and DoR hit me like a brick…have you got any idea what Venters future involvement is at the sharks? I would love to see White back at the Boks but after 5 years at least with the Sharks. Or have a Mentorship plan formulated from today to the day of Whites departure. The Outlier Model. Mentorship and apprenticeship…transfer knowledge and replicate success. Done and dusted 😉 sounds easy.

    I can see Swiel playing a few games for the BOks, but a can see him playing 100 games for England I believe him that Good. A few years ago I was a broken record about Jp du Plessis, Paul Jordaan, Swiel and Wilton Pieterson. Any idea what become of Pieterson, he was really Good? Glad to see 2 of them in the Sharks jumpers.

  • Comment 61, posted at 04.11.13 20:56:14 by BoerSeun Reply


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