Sharks announce French tour squad

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Jan 2016 at 14:08
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Patrick Lambie will lead an exciting Sharks squad on a two-match tour of France next week, with games against French sides Toulon and Toulouse sure to help with some pre-season “rust removal”.

The cliched “blend of youth and experience” is evident, with Bok veterans like Coenie Oosthuizen, Marcell Coetzee, Michael Claassens, Odwa Ndungane, Lwazi Mvovo and Willie le Roux all supporting Lambie as senior players in the side. Others like Lourens Adriaanse, Kyle Cooper, Etienne Oosthuizen, Philip van der Walt up front and Cobus Reinach, Paul Jordaan and Joe Pietersen at the back, are hugely experienced at this level.

There’s room for a few newcomers and youngsters too. Props Juan Schoeman and Gerhard Engelbrecht are in the mix, while Hyron Andrews, Christiaan de Bruin and the du Preez twins also add a youthful feel to the pack. Garth April and Leopards centre Johan Deysel are perhaps the least experienced backline players.

A number of seniors have not made the cut this time and one would assume that in most cases, that’s due to fitness at this stage of the season. The likes of Dale Chadwick, Stephan Lewies, Jean Deysel, Thomas du Toit and Tera Mtembu are notable omissions. JP Pietersen, Renaldo Bothma and Jacques Potgieter are also not there due to late arrival back from Japan.

Here is the squad:

Props: Coenie Oosthuizen, Gerhard Engelbrecht, Juan Schoeman, Lourens Adriaanse, Tendai Mtawarira
Hookers: Franco Marais, Kyle Cooper
Locks: Dave McDuling, Etienne Oosthuizen, Hyron Andrews, Ruan Botha
Loose forwards: Christiaan de Bruin, Daniel du Preez, Francois Kleinhans, Jean-Luc du Preez, Marcell Coetzee, Philip van der Walt
Scrumhalves: Cobus Reinach, Michael Claassens, Stefan Ungerer
Flyhalves: Pat Lambie, Garth April
Centres: Andre Esterhuizen, Heimar Williams, Johan Deysel, Paul Jordaan
Outside backs: Joe Pietersen, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, S’bura Sithole, Wandile Mjekevu, Willie le Roux


  • Couple interesting omissions i picked up…. No Dale Chadwick, Thomas DuToit,Jean Deysel, Jaques Potgieter, Stephan Lewies, Inny Radebe,

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.01.16 14:13:56 by SheldonK Reply
  • Still wierd seeing Coenie’s name on a Sharks team sheet.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.01.16 14:15:27 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : Very

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.01.16 14:19:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is the tank Injured?

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.01.16 14:22:07 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : would like to have seen inny there.and nkosi rather than ndungane.interesting to see hyron andrews name there.option at 5-lock.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.01.16 14:23:19 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @robdylan: any news re: uanivi?

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.01.16 14:24:24 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Still a very decent squad I would say. Hope the games are televised! Roll in the 2016 season!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.01.16 14:26:14 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : True! Willie also.. 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.01.16 14:26:57 by Another Nick Reply

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  • 4 centres named.esterhuizen and heimar at 12 with jordaan and deysel at 13?

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.01.16 14:30:58 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Which one of the du preez twins can play no8?

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.01.16 14:32:45 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 5) : Is Nkosi still training with the squad. Would be interesting if April is now considered no.2 or 3 flyhalf…last year Sharks only played him at 15.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.01.16 14:34:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : we seem thin at 10.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.01.16 14:38:40 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • also no mtyanda at lock.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.01.16 14:44:12 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @Dragnipur (Comment 4) : Yes. 4 weeks due to a knee issue.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.01.16 14:48:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 12) : Lambie, April, Pieterson…we covered. Only guy missing is Radebe and we wouldnt have taken that many 10s

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.01.16 14:48:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 10) : Dan

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.01.16 14:49:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : thank you.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.01.16 14:58:24 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 10) : the Ginger Ninja will play no8!!!!!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.01.16 15:33:03 by JD Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 9) : deysel is a 12?

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.01.16 15:47:54 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @JD (Comment 20) : think vd walt and dan du preez will both get a start at no8.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.01.16 15:52:09 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : yes,but 4 centres in the squad.esterhuizen and williams are both also 12s.these being pre-season games,maybe the coaching staff want to see how deysel goes at 13?would be strange to take 4 centres,of whom 3 play 12,over for a 2 match pre-season tour.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.01.16 15:56:31 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 19) : Yeh i think predominantly a 12 but could def play 13, same as Esterhuizen

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.01.16 15:56:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • I think they’ll also give Mjekevu a run at 13.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.01.16 15:58:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 23) : Yeh probably

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.01.16 16:00:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • Just looked at website, there is just a split between backs and forwards. Mjekevu could be there as a centre.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.01.16 16:01:55 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Wonder what chances are of Lambie getting a few minutes off in the games and LeRoux goes to 10 with either Pieterson or April at 15…now that could be interesting

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.01.16 16:03:33 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 28) : that is worth a try.

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.01.16 17:21:06 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : Is there any plans to get Bosch exposure or only next year?

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.01.16 15:00:06 by coolfusion Reply

  • Some interesting options and combos for our backline. JP could also be in at 15 with Willie at wing. I don’t think we have problems with backline options we just need to get radebe and April some exposure. We have lots of utility backs. In fact they all are. My worry is nr 9.

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.01.16 15:08:51 by coolfusion Reply

  • Does anyone know whether the matches will be televised?

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.02.16 09:28:36 by pj.jorgensen Reply

  • @pj.jorgensen (Comment 30) : no…. still trying to find out and nobody is confirming anything

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.02.16 09:29:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • 2 hookers in the squad.wonder if gerhard engelbrecht is the utility prop/hooker?

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.02.16 12:34:19 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @pj.jorgensen (Comment 30) : Nothing on Setanta… 😐

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.02.16 13:33:07 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Late change, it would seem. Philip out with concussion. Giant to tour.

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.02.16 16:30:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : pity but a great chance for Giant to show what he can do!!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.02.16 16:42:58 by JD Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 33) : both matches are, in fact, on Setanta Ireland

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.02.16 16:09:46 by robdylan Reply
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