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Final Sharks Super Rugby squad named


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Feb 2017 at 12:45
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Rob du Preez has done a bit of trimming in order to arrive at a final group of 45 names for this year’s Super Rugby competition. There are few surprises in a squad that posts ample depth, but also has room for several youngsters and newcomers at this level.

Three Super Rugby centurions are in the mix, with Beast Mtwarira (126), Odwa Ndungane (131) and Keegan Daniel (117) all having played at least 100 games at this level. Lwazi Mvovo, on 99, is sure to get there in a couple of weeks’ time as well. Other experienced players include Lourens Adriaanse, Coenie Oosthuizen, Jean Deysel and Pat Lambie, but otherwise, a general lack of caps in the squad points to the wider malaise of player drain affecting all local franchises. That said, the Sharks have worked hard to put together a core squad of players and there is plenty for fans to be excited about moving forward.

Du Preez’s backing of young players including winger Sbu Nkosi, scrumhalf Rowan Gouws, centres Jermey Ward, Marius Louw and Tristan Blewett, flyhalves Benhard Janse van Rennsburg and Inny Radebe and, of course, fullback Curwin Bosch points to a bright future for the Sharks. Also returning for his second season of Super Rugby is 20-year-old lock Hyron Andrews.

A number of players carrying injuries have been included – in fact, the Sharks are in good shape in this regard, with only Daniel du Preez, Keegan Daniel and John-Hubert Meyer currently not fit to start the season. Of those, only Daniel has a long term injury.

Sharks squad:
Props: Tendai Mtawarira, Lourens Adriaanse, Thomas du Toit, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Schoeman, John-Hubert Meyer
Hookers: Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Stephan Coetzee
Locks: Etienne Oosthuizen, Stephan Lewies, Hyron Andrews, Ruan Botha, Jean Droste
Loose Forwards: Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Tera Mtembu, Daniel du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Philip van der Walt, Khaya Majola, Francois Kleinhans, Jacques Vermeulen
Scrumhalves: Cobus Reinach, Michael Claassens, Hanco Venter, Rowan Gouws
Flyhalves: Patrick Lambie, Garth April, Inny-Christian Radebe, Benhard Janse van Rensburg
Centres: Andre Esterhuizen, Lukhanyo Am, Jeremy Ward, Johan Deysel, Marius Louw, Tristan Blewett
Wings: Odwa Ndungane, Lwazi Mvovo, S’bura Sithole, Kobus van Wyk, S’busiso Nkosi
Fullbacks: Curwin Bosch, Rhyno Smith, Clément Poitrenaud


43 Comments

  • Yes best we name all the injured guys before we end up with eligibility issues like with Lambie last year

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.17 12:50:00 by SheldonK Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : exactly. That was dumb.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.17 12:52:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • So has Ungerer been officially culled, or has he got himself a better deal

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.17 12:59:12 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 3) : I’m not aware of a confirmed deal anywhere, so safe to assume he’s been cut

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.17 12:59:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : hmmmmm

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.17 13:02:07 by The hound Reply
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  • Regarding Ungerer, it might be an idea to loan him to the Kings to get back into shape.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.17 13:17:52 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 6) : it’s too late for him to get back in shape for this season, though. I think that’s what Rob is so upset about.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.17 13:21:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : So Ungerer not being in the squad at all is still the fitness issue from last year, or was he still not fit enough? This is something completely new at the sharks, but I can’t imagine another player arriving unfit after time off while Rob is coaching there. Nice too have a tough coach, but one that the players still hold in high regard!

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.17 13:42:17 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 8) : still not fit enough, I believe. He was invited back to training after the first incident and then seemingly sent away again.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.02.17 13:43:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : It’s very unprofessional of him not to be in shape, I’m glad RdP doesn’t take any of it. It sends out a clear message to the other guys to stay on their toes so I’d say good job to the coach! If we want to be serious contenders for this title we have to act like it.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.02.17 13:45:02 by Quintin Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 8) : Can’t help remembering Plumtree not only playing a 30 kg overweight Frans Steyn but also making him captain

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.02.17 13:46:44 by The hound Reply
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  • If it is your job being in shape and you are not, you have serious motivation or commitment issues.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.02.17 13:54:20 by bokbok Reply

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  • Any player that allows himself to be found physically unfit, should render his contract null and void and sacked.
    Another Sharks highlight was Gold fielding the wheezing, groaning,shambling shit bag Matt Stevens.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.02.17 14:17:09 by The hound Reply
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  • Good squad,very excited for the rugby to get going!

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.02.17 14:50:22 by BarendL Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I almost can’t believe that after being sent home once,he did not get his act together. That is really disappointing from him!

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.02.17 15:23:11 by HeinF Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : little overweight,you get sent home,30 kg overweight makes you a captain! Steyn was still Steym though and Ungerer is no Frans Steyn

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.02.17 15:25:18 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : @SheldonK (Comment 1) : Still not sure how the bulls announce a 46 player final squad

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.02.17 15:57:41 by revolverocelot Reply

     
  • @revolverocelot (Comment 17) : Think Lions announced a 43 man squad. Is there a limit? In terms of eligibility are only those officially named able to play super rugby? Even if injuries and suspensions occur.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.02.17 16:04:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Lions only announced 40

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.02.17 16:09:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Couldnt remember exact number but knew it was less than us and the Bulls

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.02.17 16:11:55 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 16) : Sad thing at the age of only 29 Frans Steyn is no longer Frans Steyn.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.02.17 16:23:02 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : He was never the same after leaving the Sharks in 2008.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.02.17 16:36:24 by Hulk Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : I’ve approached the pirates for some clarification, because I’m confused about this

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.02.17 17:06:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • I like the squad. Appropriate mix of experience and fresh blood. I remember always groaning a few years back when we’d have old/not up to it folks populating the squad. Looking forward to this season and hopefully seeing some exciting rugby on the menu.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.02.17 17:27:38 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • Franchises (Teams) can announce as many players in a squad as they would like to.

    However, Franchises must submit just 35 players to SANZAAR as their maximum. Simply because those are the players they fund throughout the competition.

    The excess numbers are simply in the squad mainly as injury cover due to the intensity and duration of the competition.

    In terms of age, there is no limit on the age of a player and there is also no rule that states a certain amount of squad member must be under a certain age

    from the guys at the rugby 365 office

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.02.17 19:18:32 by revolverocelot Reply

     
  • Not a bad squad! Couple of exciting youngsters in the backs combined with solid hard grafting forwards!

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.02.17 21:47:50 by JD Reply
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  • Hi Guys,Been out of the loop, so sorry if it’s general knowledge but could someone tell me if Frans Steyn will be available for us this season?

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.02.17 21:55:47 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 27) : dude, seriously. Steyn left 2 years ago.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.02.17 22:15:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : No,he lost a lot of the drive and determination he had as a young player. Suppose when you win a world cup at 19 and playing for the boys not really important anymore, you do loose a bit of passion

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.02.17 06:08:45 by HeinF Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 27) : Yes and Roy Kockott and Bismarck du Plessis too. 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.02.17 06:18:27 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 30) : Rory

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.02.17 06:18:58 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 25) : If that the case what about the whole eligibility issue of last year when they said a guy like Lambie etc cant play in the playoffs as he wasnt named in the initial squad- is that the initial squad of 35? So does that mean only 35 players are eligible for the playoffs even if there are injuries? The Sharks named 45…so how do we know which ones make up the 35 that are eligible then? This seems to be a very grey area

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.02.17 09:02:57 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 32) : Good question.

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.02.17 09:43:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 32) : I have the answer and I’m getting the article up now.

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.02.17 10:57:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : hehe im assuming the answer is fairly lengthy hence the need for an article.

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.02.17 11:03:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 35) : no, not really – but it’s easier for people to find it if it’s an article

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.02.17 11:08:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 32) : so, to repeat this here.

    You are allowed 45 in the squad and only those 45 are allowed to play in the finals without needing to qualify. Succinct enough?

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.02.17 11:09:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : Great, thanks

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.02.17 11:19:31 by SheldonK Reply

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  • For those interested, the Cheetahs have named a 37 man squad.
    Cheetahs squad: Danie Mienie, Joseph Dweba, Retshegofaditswe Nche, Charles Marais, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Jacques Du Toit, Elandre Huggett, Tom Botha, Johan Coetzee, Justin Basson, Carl Wegner, Hilton Lobberts, Armandt Koster, Francois Uys, Dennis Visser, Reniel Hugo, Paul Schoeman, Teboho Mohoje, Uzair Cassiem, Boom Prinsloo, Niell Jordaan, Henco Venter, Shaun Venter, Tian Meyer, Fred Zeilinga, Niel Marais, Sergeal Petersen, Raymond Rhule, Zee Mkhabela, Francois Venter, Ryno Benjamin, Nico Lee, William Small-Smith, Clinton Swart, Michael Van der Spuy, Clayton Blommetjies, Ryno Eksteen.

    Interestingly, Franco seems to be keen on using hooker Dweba as a prop!

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.02.17 16:41:12 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 39) : That’s odd…. he usually a hooker, right?

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.02.17 17:35:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : Yes, him and Ox played junior Boks together. Maybe just a trail.

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.02.17 19:14:43 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : @KingCheetah (Comment 41) : not sure Super rugby is a place to trail run a hooker at prop as he could get hurt real bad!

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.02.17 22:05:22 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 42) : Agreed, will wait and see.

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.02.17 09:49:49 by KingCheetah Reply

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