Gloucester announce Marais signing

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Mar 2018 at 14:45

Sharks hooker Franco Marais has apparently signed a contract with English side Gloucester, currently coached by former Lions mentor Johan Ackermann.

No details regarding length of contract have been revealed, but it has been confirmed in the British press that Marais will join up with his new side in time for the 2018-2019 season – in other words, on completion of the current Super Rugby season.

The Sharks have not confirmed anything on their side.


  • Makes sense, i did call this happening…although thought it would be before super rugby started. 3 into 2 doesnt go even with ‘rotation’. Interesting to see who steps into 3rd choice with an aging Chilliboy and Akker-who i believe will also leave within 3yrs

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.18 14:53:36 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : The additional game time and exposure Akker will get as a result of Franco leaving, could open up some opportunities for him with the Boks. If that happens, I expect he may stick around longer than you think. Just a thought.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.18 15:06:12 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 2) : Yeh thats the kinda see-saw of it…if he gets a Bok look in he will stay…if not then he wont. Next year being a world cup year there are always a good few departures of guys who arent in Bok running. Assuming either of Akker or Chilliboy are with the Boks will be interesting to see who steps up in currie cup

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.18 15:23:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • Hi guys. Just a thought about our forwards. We use to have one or two guys that would trigger the pack. I’m thinking aj venter,alberts,marcell,botes,deysel,canco and even Daniels. Now no one steps up. Both is shocking compared to last season, but I will give daniels a run again. Harsh on him for one brain fart.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.18 16:30:09 by osbal Reply

  • Sorry botha.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.18 16:32:04 by osbal Reply

  • Why can’t we bring Burden back as {medical} joker? 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.18 16:59:54 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 6) : Nou praat jy!!! Or Bissie…surely he won’t moer his Sharks team mates? Lol

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.03.18 17:36:38 by DuToit04 Reply

  • Sorry to say but not unexpected!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.03.18 20:23:40 by JD Reply
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  • Lol Ja donner. How could I forget the dup brothers. Do miss their boere flair hehehe.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.18 22:19:59 by osbal Reply

  • I’m ok with this as it will allow Akker to establish himself as first choice hooker. With more gametime he will only get better and better.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.03.18 10:04:14 by KingRiaan Reply


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