“Bismarck is a winner” – White

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Jan 2014 at 15:35
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Jake White has explained to the Sharks website why he has appointed Bismarck du Plessis as his captain for the season.

“I consulted widely with people involved in this organisation, John Smit one of them,” White explained. “I need to stress that Bismarck brings a winning culture to the Cell C Sharks. He’s a winner. He’s won an Under 19 World Cup, an Under 21 World Cup, a senior World Cup, a Currie Cup, and there aren’t too many guys that can put that on their CVs. Both he and Ruan Pienaar had won all three World Cups before they were 22 years old and not too many can boast that kind of achievement in their rugby careers.

“There is no doubt in my mind he’s a freak, one of the best players in the world, the best hooker in the world.

“What I respect is that he could go anywhere in the world and earn five times what he is now and still get the guarantee from Heyneke Meyer about being a Springbok in the next World Cup. He’s chosen to stay here and if that doesn’t show people he’s dedicated to the Cell C Sharks then we’re on a different page. It’s not a reward for that, but it shows he is genuine.

“Everyone knows how good he is. I’m hoping that this role of captaincy, but more importantly, with the change in environment we are creating and the people we are putting around him, we will really upskill him in terms of the things he is weak at. He knows what his limitations are, even in terms of how he’s going to be a captain. He won’t get too many mentors better in world rugby than the one two floors up from him who has captained South Africa the most times. I’m just hoping – I don’t believe he can’t get better – that he can be that phenomenal player consistently.”

Talking about former skipper Keegan Daniel, White added, “Keegan will probably be a bit disappointed, that’s natural, he’s been a good captain. The thinking is for me to have a stamp of what I think is important for us as a group. The dynamics in the group are changing, there are some new guys who have joined the squad.

“I’ve worked with Bismarck before, he is a winner and has enormous presence in rugby. It’s not about individuals but what we do as a group.”


  • Such an encouraging article to read! 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.01.14 15:43:21 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Now let’s see if he can reign in his older brother’s temper on the pitch… 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.01.14 15:48:27 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • If it means less yellow cards they should’ve done it long time ago.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.01.14 15:54:04 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 3) : True. Keegan copped some pretty basic offside penalties last year that did his team no favours.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.01.14 15:59:12 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • I agree!

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.01.14 16:07:03 by [email protected] Reply

  • Great choice by Sharks Management….I fear the Sharks this year big time….

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.01.14 16:09:49 by grant10 Reply

  • Encouraging signs . . .

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.01.14 17:36:35 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Good going Cell C Sharks.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.01.14 17:52:59 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 8) : You over “The Thug” ..? 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.01.14 18:16:32 by Ice Reply
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  • Lets get real for a moment.

    John Smith is a Shark and here to stay forever 😉 😉
    We are spoiled for choice with a great squad including 12 springboks – We should thank the previous regime for getting and contracting most of the players 😆
    Bismarck is a world leading player and will be coached into being a great Captain- EQ Allowing. 🙂 Bismarck is staying because of his father not the sharks, Jake or Springboks. Admirable person !!!! ❗
    Jake is a world class coach – He has a nickname of Jake the Snake? The first international opportunity he gets and he is gone. He has stated that at the outset. So enjoy him while you can. Has he moved to Durban ?
    We did poorly in the S15 2013 – good in the second half . We won the currie cup in 2013 – great 😀

    Our stars are aligned for the 2014 S15- So go sharks. Take one step at a time. Dream big but stay humble. We have to win enough matches and win the playoffs and final.

    A last word. In every position except locks we have at least three great players. PSDT – great but what if he gets injured – God forbid. Lewies and Peet no S15 experience, Peet has all the talent and potential. Ettienne ??? Rumoured he is overrated and Jake’s boy ? Bressler is very good but have to prove fitness, Is he going overseas ? Marco is deeply experienced but might be too old ? Hewitt is big strong and aggressive with positive S15 experience. He seems to have fallen out of favour of late .
    But no worries. The warm up matches and Jake’s experience will resolve this matter.

    Go Sharks S15 – 2014 – one step at a time

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.01.14 18:46:55 by Observer Reply

  • Rob – the stars are aligned for the Sharks – Come on that is a f… punt for a star? 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.01.14 18:50:02 by Observer Reply

  • We live in SA. How big should the contribution/bribe be ?

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.01.14 18:51:06 by Observer Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 12) : Im in need of big cash…bribe me and I’ll speak to Rob! LOL :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.01.14 18:53:29 by Ice Reply
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  • Big is relative – What language will you speak to ROB 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.01.14 18:59:14 by Observer Reply

  • You have a bigger star than mine ? Still do not understand the star grading system ? Do you ?

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.01.14 19:00:19 by Observer Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 14) : Hahaha! I just talk dutchmen to Rob, he understands me. To answer your “relative” mine is BIG as in R100k! 😐 🙄 😆

    @Observer (Comment 15) : I’ll try find you the link, but basically, the more you post comments and the more you contribute with articles etc, the more points and stars you accumulate.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.01.14 19:11:31 by Ice Reply
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  • Thx for the information 100k small change. Rob can help without blinking ?

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.01.14 19:13:59 by Observer Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 15) :

    might be a bit out of date

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.01.14 19:17:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Ah thanks!

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.01.14 19:22:40 by Ice Reply
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  • like you sometimes 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.01.14 19:23:00 by Observer Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 20) : blows raspberry

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.01.14 19:31:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I approve 😛

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.01.14 20:02:22 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :
    Lucky guy.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.01.14 22:43:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Bismarck does have an impressive record, lets hope with the responsibility of leading he does not shy away from his playing style thats made him arguably the best hooker in the world

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.01.14 06:44:45 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • From Jakes comment on Keegan, It sounds more like he walked off when they told him 😆 let hope it doesn’t cause any friction

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.01.14 06:47:52 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Observer (Comment 10) : I agree with what you’ve said, lets enjoy Jake will he’s here and take it one step or one game at a time 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.01.14 06:50:55 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Keegan not even vice captain 😯 that’s kicking confidence right in the gonads

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.01.14 07:00:08 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • no offense to Keegan but how many times on this site have we called for him to be replaced because he wasnt first choice. So now this shows that Jake wants a captain who is a first choice.

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.01.14 07:28:07 by Dunx Reply

  • As far As Keegan goes- i think he plays his best when he can play with freedom and not being captain. That said i think JW will use him as a 2nd half player in last 30min when game opens up. Same can be said for Tim Swiel i have a feeling. There are a lot of leaders in that team but i think they all respect Bismarck.

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.01.14 08:32:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • According to EWN, Jake White has confirmed that Franscois Steyn will only play at inside centre.

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.01.14 08:42:27 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 30) : EWN?

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.01.14 10:13:13 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 31) : Eye-Witness News

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.01.14 10:27:36 by robdylan Reply
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