Sharks snap up young flier

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 23 Nov 2015 at 11:56
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Reports out of Durban this morning indicate that Leopards under 19 winger Zweli Silaule has opted to continue his career with the Sharks.

Silaule emerged as the joint top try scorer in this year’s ABSA under 19 competition, an impressive feat given that his team ended second last on the table. At 1.82m and a hefty 97kg, the former Barberton pupil should form a decent foil to Sbusiso Nkosi, with whom he has been friends since childhood.

With the Sharks junior ranks perhaps a little understocked in the “big fast wing” category, Silaule’s addition is to be welcomed, particularly given that he has two further years of junior eligibility. If he and Nkosi continue their try scoring exploits, though, we could see one or both making the jump to senior rugby before too much longer, though.

Welcome to the Sharks, Zweli!


  • Cool acquisition…but can we try sign guys with easy to pronounce names? Just a thought…

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.11.15 11:58:53 by SheldonK Reply
  • Sorry guys but he is not from Standerton he is from Baberton. Should know because Qthon is from Standerton and played Puma rugby with him

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.11.15 12:08:52 by Sonnie Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : it’s not hard.

    Z-WHERE-lair See-LOU-lair

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.11.15 12:09:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sonnie (Comment 2) : sorry, you are 1000% right. I should always double check my own research.

    Will change it

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.11.15 12:10:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • He is definitely not from Standerton he is from Baberton. Should know because Qthon is from Standerton and played Puma rugby with him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.11.15 12:10:36 by Sonnie Reply

  • Will he be training with the superrugby pre-season squad?Any news re: rhyno smith?

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.11.15 12:11:23 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • He is from Barberton, as is Sibusiso Nkosi. I matriculated at Barberton High in 1984. Good to see some youngsters from there making a name for themselves

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.11.15 12:13:01 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 7) : hoping the sharks have unearthed two gold nuggets,then.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.11.15 12:16:09 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : hahaha Ben Smith is a lot easier to pronounce 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.11.15 12:18:54 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan: any news re: who the sharks have signed at u19s level?other than curwin bosch.would be much appreciated!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.11.15 12:20:32 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Allthough the Sharks have infact contracted a player from Standerton centre/wing Nvundo Nlovo (not sure of the spelling) Great player. Craven week for 2 years as well as Sa schools 7’s

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.11.15 12:21:11 by Sonnie Reply

  • @Sonnie (Comment 11) : u19s?

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.11.15 12:23:22 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @comment 12
    Yes u/19

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.11.15 12:25:23 by Sonnie Reply

  • Good stuff. Happy about this.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.11.15 12:25:52 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Nice one!

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.11.15 12:26:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • All these great signings — tooooo exciting!

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.11.15 12:27:46 by Den Reply

  • By the way Rob, your Super Rugby log is looking nice. It has me more excited than the competition itself has managed 😀

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.11.15 12:32:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 10) : I think I did a piece on it a while back…. let me see if I can find it

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.11.15 12:33:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 6) : Rhyno Smith is there. Trial only at this stage

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.11.15 12:33:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • mfundo kevin ndlovu 1.78m 74kg

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.11.15 12:33:45 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @Den (Comment 16) : All this positive news, bar Planet, creates the impression the current leadership are actually working fir the better of the union.
    Keep it up!

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.11.15 12:36:59 by Kabouter Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : thanks!

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.11.15 12:37:11 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 22) : actually, seems I meant to write it but never actually did 😳

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.11.15 12:37:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : With RdP I am pretty sure he will turn out better than the previous Leopards fullback prodigy we had…

    Really think he will great addition to squad. With V Tonder gone we need more 15 cover…

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.11.15 12:39:11 by Kabouter Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : does this mean another article? 😀

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.11.15 12:42:46 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • in this regard i see the Sharks and the leopards will be together as a super rugby francies

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.11.15 12:51:08 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 25) : well, maybe. Asked the Sharks for an official list, so will see how long that takes

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.11.15 13:02:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : thanks! Even built myself a quick ‘Droid app to update the log

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.11.15 13:02:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : thanks,hope they answer asap.

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.11.15 13:10:33 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 29) : sniggering quietly to myself at the misplaced optimism, but yes, I hope so too 🙂

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.11.15 13:16:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : yes, completely forgot how long it took for the actual announcement re: a new signing 😀

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.11.15 13:28:51 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : the following 5 players received sharks academy bursaries at the 2015 kearsney rugby festival : nico pyper (eg jansen) hooker, jordan chait (sacs) fly-half, heinrich nieuwenhuizen (selborne college) flank, jaydon morgan (glenwood) fullback, khuthazani mchunu (glenwood) prop.

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.11.15 15:11:07 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 32) : Doesnt mean that all accepted them though…some dont.

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.11.15 15:20:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : I think one of those guys is coming to the Sharks.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.11.15 15:56:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Well its kinda silly if those Sharks academy bursaries are for say varsity college which then means the guys dont qualify for varsity shield side. Perhaps a little rethink on the structuring of those bursaries given away at kearsney festival is needed

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.11.15 16:01:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : Probably the main reason why the Sharks need UKZN to compete in the Varsity Cup….which will give the Sharks far more pull when trying to contract junior players – a University bursary will sure add a ton more incentive.

    Btw…who will be coaching UKZN next year, with Strucdwick now being part of the Sharks SR team?

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.11.15 16:16:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The following bit of info is a copy-paste job courtesy of the official Sharks Academy website :

    Criteria for the Best Rugby Students For First, Second  and Third Year
    This player has excelled in the rugby course by transferring the techniques learned into the skills needed to perform in games.  He is a very committed student with outstanding attendance and great attitude at Rugby sessions.
    Best First Year Rugby Student
    Sibusiso Nkosi

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.11.15 16:21:11 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @ FireTheLooser (Comment 36) : Yeh having a Varsity Cup team would be a big step. But then the bursaries they give need to be for that varsity. Not sure who will coach as yeh Strudwick a bit busy.

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.11.15 16:21:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 38) : Look having a varsity would be a bigger step,what talented young guy who can get into UCT Stellies or Tuks is going to give it up for UKZN .
    Guys make me laugh here when they talk of Rob du Preez(jnr} coming back to the Sharks,hes at Maties hopefully studying some thing useful,whats he going to do here give it up for Varsity College.

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.11.15 16:29:07 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 39) : The way the Universities are currently going, Varsity College might be your best bet of actually writing exams and finishing your year. 😯

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.11.15 16:36:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Rob, here is a small article for your info, if you already know about this fine if not translate and use lol.

    Die Luiperds en die NWU-Puk het nuwe SuperRugby-bedmaats in die Sharks.

    Die president van die Luiperds, André May, het by die Unie se jaarvergadering aangekondig dat hulle ‘n ooreenkoms met die Sharks gesluit het.

    Die Luiperds was die afgelope klompie jaar in ‘n verhouding met die Leeus en vroeër met die Bulls.

    Die Bulls het ook ‘n hand na die Luiperds uitgereik maar daar blyk ‘n nouer samewerkingsooreenkoms met die Sharks te wees.

    Daar sal veral op spelersvlak ‘n vennootskap wees met twee Luiperd- en Puksterre, Johan Deysel en Rhyno Smith wie reeds in Durban oefen.

    Jong Sharks wat wil Varsitybekerugby speel kan hulle ook binnekort by die Puk aansluit terwyl daar ook beter samewerking op junior vlak sal geskied.

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.11.15 20:24:03 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 41) : that is great news!now the opportunity for varsity cup rugby is there.what is the name of that 2.06m pukke lock ?

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.11.15 20:55:17 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 41) : so the lions could draw players from both the pumas and the leopards?

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.11.15 20:59:01 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 41) : some very good news indeed!

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.11.15 21:04:40 by HeinF Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 42) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 43) : Yes they do.

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.11.15 21:07:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 45) : do or did?re: sharks/leopards agreement?

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.11.15 21:24:54 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 46) : Actually they the Lions and Bulls did, it seems to not be the case anymore.

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.11.15 21:25:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 47) : thanks for the info.

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.11.15 21:34:36 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • More Kings players moving to Pretoria. Luther Obi will join them on Wednesday. Wish we could at least get Agaba to assist Ginger with the load.

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.11.15 22:59:56 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 41) : very interesting indeed!!!!

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.11.15 23:10:51 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 39) : I definitely cannot argue with u there. And with the serious flyhalf shortage in CPT they will be chaining Rob jnr to table mountain- he isnt going anywhere.

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.11.15 08:09:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 7) : Cheetah, where are you?

  • Comment 52, posted at 26.02.16 14:15:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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