Richard Ferguson

Adriaanse on the move

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 Apr 2017 at 10:34
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It was hinted at by boss man Rob, and officially announced late last night: Lourens Adriaanse is to join Pau after completion of the current Super Rugby season.

Adriaanse joined the Sharks in 2014 and has represented the Boks on 6 occasions. It is a loss to the Sharks front row stocks, but it is something of a pattern having to replace a third of the squad at the end of every season. Let’s hope the Sharks have plans in place to either recruit fresh talent or already have the next front rankers in the youth squads.

Pau have gone on a massive recruiting drive, Adriaanse being the eighth new signing for the 2017/18 season. They aren’t the biggest recruiters of South African players, instead opting for New Zealanders in Jamie Mackintosh, Colin Slade and Conrad Smith as their big name players.

We would like to wish Lourens all the best with his big move! Thank you for the memories!


  • I used to think that the All Blacks were South African rugby’s biggest rival. These days, its the Euro.

    All the best, Lourens. A front row with Jamie Mackintosh and Lourens Adriaanse is sure to create nightmares for the opposition and it may become a tactic for the Pau fly half just to knock the ball on when he wants to get good ball.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.17 10:39:21 by josefgremlin Reply
  • Sad to see him go. He seems a likeable guy and is one of the most underrated players. His strumming was destructive and he played with heart.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.17 11:44:17 by StevieS Reply
  • Best of luck Lourens!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.04.17 11:47:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 2) : Never heard him play guitar, you make him sound like Django Reinhard :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.04.17 12:11:30 by The hound Reply
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  • Great player…my fav player to watch running! Great prop. Always made a difference when he came on.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.04.17 12:20:08 by Sharkfinn Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 4) : hahaha darn autocorrect lol Make that scrumming

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.04.17 12:37:36 by StevieS Reply
  • All the best, Lourens!

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.04.17 12:51:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This is a real blow and puts a lot of pressure on our 2 loosehead to tighthead conversion projects currently ongoing.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.04.17 14:10:17 by KimFurber Reply

  • @KimFurber (Comment 8) : tank shouldnt move to tight head, his killing it at loosehead

    Counie seems to have adapted really well to tight head

    we have the young prop we got from boland to back him up next year

    then theres johan meyer, who has potential to excel

    englebrecht is the other tight head in the squad, his been with us for sometime. I still feel he could break through as at prop players peak later in their careers

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.04.17 17:45:12 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 9) : I agree he is a pleasure to watch lately. I don’t know what our options are though.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.04.17 19:26:05 by coolfusion Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 9) : That being said Coenie is also going it really well at loosehead really enjoying himself…TH might stifle that.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.04.17 19:27:48 by coolfusion Reply

  • Sad to see Lourens go. Such a quality man. Wish we could keep him.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.04.17 19:48:09 by coolfusion Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 9) : That is good to hear as I don’t think there are many decent TH’s around to poach.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.04.17 09:01:55 by KimFurber Reply

  • Will say cheers and thanks closer to the time, must admit Lourens has quickly become one of my favourites.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.04.17 13:49:34 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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