Jake forges new club links

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 5 Feb 2014 at 12:14
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In an interesting article on the KZN Club Rugby site, new Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has revealed more of the thinking behind yesterday’s club day, where members of the Sharks Super Rugby squad wore their respective club strips to training.

White, as a stickler for tradition, is keen to reforge the links between amateur and professional rugby in the province by ensuring that the Sharks, through their players, become more involved in grass roots club activities. By leveraging the best assets that Sharks have – namely those household names who play for the senior team in Super Rugby – white seems to have a twofold plan; firstly to improve the standard and competitiveness of the game at club level and secondly to drastically increase interest and support through the regular appearance of those top players at club functions.

It has all started with a re-balancing of assets, for want of a better term. White has pointed at a lopsided system in which the vast majority of Sharks players would belong to just one or two clubs, with College Rovers, of course, the clear success story on the local club scene, one of those “strong clubs” to boast an over-allocation of Sharks players. Never shy to ruffle a few feathers, White and the Sharks have redistributed their core of contracted players across the club landscape, moving a player like Ryan Kankowski, for instance, to Amanzimtoti from Rovers and the likes of Lwazi Mvovo and Wiehahn Herbst from Varsity College to struggling Maritzburg Collegians.

White’s goal is that all his players, when not required by the Sharks, will do as much as they can for their clubs and will even play for their club teams when possible, something that very few professional rugby players will have done in a long, long time. With Vodacom Cup set to conclude in May this year, while Super Rugby continues for a good few months after that, it’s likely that the local club scene will see a strong injection of contracted Sharks players later in the year, which can only be good for the game in KZN. The fact that these players won’t all be going to Rovers or Durban Collegians will add further spice.

Here are the new allocations of players to clubs:

Jonsson College Rovers (7)
Mtawarira Tendai
Cooper Kyle
Bresler Anton
du Toit Pieter-Steph
Daniel Keegan
Downey Justin
Lambie Patrick

SA Home Loans Durban Collegians (8)
Marais Peet
Coetzee Marcell
Alberts Willem
Zeilinga Fred
Williams Heimar
Steyn Francois
Reinach Cobus
Kleinhans Francois

Marshall Security Crusaders (7)
Deysel Jean
Chavanga Tonderai
Wentzel Marco
Meyer Johan
du Plessis Jannie
du Plessis Bismarck
Marais SP

Rhinos (4)
Mienie Danie
Hewitt Edwin
Hay Wiehan
Pietersen JP

Varsity College RFC (7)
Jordaan Paul
Ndungane Odwa
Botes Jacques
Maseko Sizo
Marais Franco
McLeod Charl
Esterhuizen Andre

Amanzimtoti Rugby Club (7)
Hadebe Monde
Lewies Stephan
Kankowski Ryan
Mthembu Lubabalo
Fisher Tyler
Graaff Hansie
Adriaanse Lourens

UKZN Impi (7)
Sithole S’bura
Swiel Tim
Whitehead Tim
Oosthuizen Etienne
Venter Hanco
Meikle Gareth
van Schalkwyk Stefan

PMB Collegians (5)
Chadwick Dale
Ungerer Stefan
Mvovo Lwazi
Herbst Wiehahn
van Tonder Jaco


  • Interesting, i hope he follows through on getting the guys to turn out for their clubs or will the age old excuse of ” the player has a niggle” be used again this year.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.02.14 12:27:51 by SheldonK Reply
  • that is brilliant news!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.02.14 12:28:42 by Poisy Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : Jake is taking a no-nonsense approach with these guys, hey…. his way or the N3…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.02.14 12:34:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Talking About Tradition!!! why was the wildebeest logo totally discarded by the New Franchise. We had that as our logo growing up and if I am correct it has been the official union logo for more than 100 years? whey cant we have it on our Chest(Left Side) and the Shark logo on the Right SIde(or visa versa). Brumbies still had/have the Canberra rugby logo on the Right side with the Brumbies logo on the left. with silver sponsors on the chest or mid rif….I would love to see this tradition brought back to all KZN franchise sports. then maybe I would feel some affiliation with other KZN TEAMS like the dolphins. Rob give me a Star for this Comment. I think it makes a lot of sense….
    It means a lot to youngster wearing the sharks jersey on age group level to feel part on the pinnacle of structures in their union. when you are young motivation is forced by a range of factures. and Pride is most defenalty one of them. I still have some bananna boy shirt from the early 90’s….with the wildebeest on it. my Grandfather sharks jersey was a rough naylon with a round white neck. and they had to take their awarded badge(the wildebeest) of and sow it onto the new jerseys.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.14 12:34:57 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I would expect nothing less from the former school teacher.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.14 12:39:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : word is, some of the juniors are battling a little to live up to his standards…

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.14 12:42:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • [email protected]robdylan (Comment 6) : rob I see that the stars are now…pretty cool…am I the only one to not know this? is there a key somewhere to see all the meanings?

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.14 12:48:12 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Change is good and the reshuffling of clubs is conceptually a great idea. Too much change too quickly however can have negative results. Long term sustainability takes time and always revolves around people and their acceptance of change.

    Unless we have vast sponsors, the cost of this large squad must be big. He might be applying some pressure on guys to leave ?

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.14 13:11:55 by Observer Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : @robdylan (Comment 6) : You can see that from his team selections. We will have a monsterous Vodacom Cup side ?

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.14 13:22:35 by Observer Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Well thats good, some of the kids have massive egos so i hope he is popping sum of them

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.14 14:46:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • Would love to see the cost of the sharks snr players. Big squad with lots of big names, can’t come cheap

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.14 21:13:49 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Please assist…. Has the Harlequins club closed down? Or have they merged with another club?

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.02.14 12:02:29 by StretchB Reply

  • @StretchB (Comment 12) : I was wondering exactly the same thing… let me see what I can discover

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.02.14 12:11:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @StretchB (Comment 12) : @robdylan (Comment 13) : Harlequins got relegated from the KZN Premier League last year so should still be operating as a club in the 1st Division. I know they did merge with Wentworth Rugby Club last year but as far as i know they are still operating as Harlequins from their grounds on the bluff

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.02.14 13:10:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : oh right… thanks

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.02.14 13:42:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) : Thank you!

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.02.14 11:47:22 by StretchB Reply

  • Are Jaguars still going, where are they based?

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.02.14 13:05:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : They are based in Sydnam. They are still going, well barely. They play in the 1st Division now.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.02.14 13:17:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Thanks, pity its not working out.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.02.14 14:04:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : Management and poor use of resources as is the usual problem.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.02.14 14:23:45 by SheldonK Reply


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