New props (and others?) in the mix

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 29 Jun 2015 at 15:41
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The Sharks would appear to have a few new faces at training this week, although it’s not yet clear on what basis they’re training with the squad – or even who some of them are! Since we love a good mystery, let’s examine a few of Steve Haag’s snaps from training today and try to figure out who is there.

We know that props are needed, and it’s thus no surprise to find a few new “fatties” training with the team. Monday’s session seems to have involved a bit of speed testing and among those sweating it out and trying to move his front-ranker’s frame at a pace more suited to a lighter man is Zimbabwean international prop Denford Mutamangira. Also in the mix is a former Bulls age-group player at prop, Juan Schoeman. 23-year-old Schoeman played for the Junior Springboks in 2011, but has had limited opportunities at senior level due to a front-row logjam in Pretoria. Mutamangira, at 31, is a fair bit older and has captained Zimbabwe from the front row.

Winger Charlie Mayeza, who impressed in the club ranks enough to play a few Vodacom Cup games, is also training with the squad and might come into the Currie Cup frame.

Two other players were snapped and I think I know one of them. Despite being mis-captioned as Johan du Toit (who he definitely isn’t), I suspect this player is Christiaan de Bruin, a lock who moved over from the Bulls at the start of the year and played some Vodacom Cup rugby.

Anyone recognise this fellow, who looks like he might be a lock or big flank? Lots of points to the first person who can give me a positive identification. Update: The gentleman in question appears to be Rovers utility forward Wade Elliot.


  • That mystery man is pretty big. Props a lock and a wing, all positions that could do with some added depth, lets hope they impress.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.06.15 16:15:52 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 1) : I believe the mystery guy might be Rovers lock-cum-loosie Wade Elliot

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.06.15 16:24:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • All we need now is a magician of the calibre of a Grant Bashford in charge of them and they will mesmerise defences the world over.


  • Comment 3, posted at 29.06.15 16:24:58 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • That Is Christiaan De Bruin Lock/Flank

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.06.15 16:49:52 by [email protected] Reply

  • The big guy in pic nr 6 is wade dean elliot confirm on if you like

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.06.15 17:01:01 by coolfusion Reply

  • Juan Schoeman might be a waste of time, but he showed some promise as a junior

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.06.15 17:59:06 by Ludz Reply

  • Might just be some evaluation sessions or invitation to train. At least they are casting the net.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.06.15 18:13:34 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 7) : ja, I don’t think we need to get too worked up at this stage. Just interesting to see who they are looking at (especially guys from out of province).

    Guys like Wade, Charlie and Brendan are local club players, so you would expect them to be getting a look in

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.06.15 18:18:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Anyone recognise this fellow,

    Is he a cyclist?

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.06.15 18:36:38 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Need to teach these newbies not to run so funny…

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.06.15 18:43:14 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 10) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.06.15 18:58:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 9) : I don’t get it

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.06.15 19:01:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Smooth legs fella.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.06.15 20:22:49 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 13) : you clearly gaze very intently at pictures of other men’s legs….

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.06.15 21:27:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Haha….fabulous comeback Rob!

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.06.15 07:12:06 by coolfusion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Haha, I couldn’t miss it!

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.06.15 09:19:29 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Nice to see a couple of club players in the mix.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.06.15 09:53:21 by JD Reply
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  • But now you made us look so I’ll just mention that those are very skinny legs too.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.06.15 20:40:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) :


  • Comment 19, posted at 01.07.15 11:07:28 by VinChainSaw Reply

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