Beast the first to confirm post World Cup exit

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Jul 2014 at 17:29
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While it’s widely expected, give the way the game is going, that a host of aging Bok stars will seek overseas retirement gigs after the 2015 World Cup, few have, as yet, made these intentions clear.

Cell C Sharks prop Beast Mtawarira bucked that trend this week when he revealed in an interview that he plans to seek a contract in France on conclusion of the tournament, meaning that the 2015 Super Rugby competition will mark his swansong as a Sharks player.

Fans should probably expect a fair few similar announcements to follow over the course of the next year. Players such as Mtawarira are, of course, major drawcards and any French or Japanese club would love to have a Springbok great or two on their books. Other players likely to seek similar exits would include the du Plessis brothers, Willem Alberts, JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn.

It thus becomes critically important for the Sharks to act now to develop suitable replacements for these players, less the years after 2015 be very lean ones indeed.


  • “Less the years after 2015 be very lean ones indeed ”

    Compared to what ?

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.14 17:34:32 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I suppose the post world cup 2015 exodus is inevitable and will affect all franchises.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.14 17:40:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I read in Rapport that Thomas du Toit is studying theology.

    Could the crowd call of BEASSSSTTT one day be replaced with one of PRRRRIIIIIEEESSSSTTTTT.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.14 17:44:36 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 3) : That was quite sharp! 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.14 18:29:45 by BarendL Reply
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  • Real pity if he goes, but now very important to keep Big Tom and Dale. Good thing is that now both know after 2015 they could become the top prop.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.14 18:34:13 by JD Reply
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  • So sad… but understandable…
    PS: you think the french is going to shout “Le Beast” at those grounds?

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.14 18:34:16 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 6) : Bête!!!!! Only good thing is now the Sharks youngsters knows he’s going and so if they stay there will be a starting spot open to play for.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.14 19:19:45 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 3) : Well done! 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.07.14 19:22:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • So it’s true: all good things must, at some stage come to an end. My son will be so sad…Beast is his favourite! But one more season of good memories to be made remains!

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.07.14 21:48:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good luck with bagging a top side.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.07.14 07:31:42 by Dunx Reply

  • Good on Beast playing open cards with the fans so early on. Really like the look of Du Toit, hopefully he learns tons from Beast in the remaining time.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.07.14 07:52:15 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I like the way Beast timed this. Firstly in being upfront, with the union, the media and the fans… which means we all can prepare ourselves. Then, in doing his time for the Sharks.

    He will be 30 when he goes and would have given all of his best years to the Sharks and thus SA rugby. I know as a prop he probably has another good 4 years or so in him, but I think he deserves spending that time earning 10xR. I would be happy if he still get selected for the Boks during this time.

    There is definitely an argument for letting players of a certain age and experience go play overseas and still be eligible for Bok selection.

    What I don’t like is a guy like Goosen leaving at 22.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.07.14 08:15:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 3) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.07.14 08:50:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 4) : @vanmartin (Comment 8) : @Pokkel (Comment 13) : 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.07.14 08:52:55 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) :

    If Beast continues playing for the Boks till the next World Cup (just to use this as an example of when it is a good time to select overseas players), it gives us 4 years to blood a youngster at not only Currie Cup level, but also Super Rugby. By the end of 4 years, this player should, if he is the real deal (TduT), be able to take over from Beast.

    Same with Bissie and Jannie.

    By 2016, we’ll have plenty of players in their mid 20’s who can become the new ‘experienced’ crop of players.

    Dale Chadwick 26
    Kyle Cooper 25
    PSDT 23
    Lewies 24
    E Oosthuizen 23
    Tera Mtembu 25
    Marcell 25
    Reinach 26
    Lambie 25
    Jordaan 24
    Sithole 26
    SP 27

    That’s a good bunch of young players that will have (and some already has) plenty of experience by then.

    You can add to that,

    Thomas du toit 21
    Monde Hadebe 25
    Andre Esterhuizen 22
    Heimar Williams 24
    Fred Zeilinga 23
    Tim Swiel 23
    Jaco van Tonder 25
    Tyler Fisher 23

    Which means players leaving before/after 2016 would presumably be:

    Beast 30
    Bissie 32
    Jannie 33
    Kanko 30
    Botes 35
    Willem 30
    Deysel 30
    Daniel 31
    McLeod 31
    Steyntjie 29
    Mvovo 30
    JPP 30
    Odwa 35
    Chivanga 32

    The biggest area of concern being loose trio and maybe wing, but when has that ever been a problem in SA.

    I’m sure there’s plenty of loosies looking at the Sharks as a good prospective team, just because of this situation.

    30’s leaving is the perfect situation for the Sharks.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.07.14 09:02:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) : All good and well until the evil Euro / $ / Yen come into play and start tempting some of the now game savvy younger guys.

    To be honest I think we have been incredibly fortunate to hang onto these guys for so long and I take it it as a testament to them and the union that they showed such loyalty because Im sure the packages offered to them from overseas interests would have been way more than what the Sharks could offer.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.07.14 09:29:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 15) : yes the youngster will start showing up once some of the older players leave, remember youngsters like the du Preez twins are also still there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.07.14 17:59:32 by JD Reply
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