It came as a little bit of a surprise but Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named Louis Schreuder as his captain for the 2019 Super Rugby tournament.
Du Preez explained to the leadership group have picked Schreuder. Schreuder is not new to leading the team as he has done so in the Currie Cup final against Province last year.
Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira has been named as vice-captain.
Du Preez stated: “Louis is a great tactician and he has the backing of the players, who’ve shown great confidence in him as a leader.
“It’s also about how he works with the players on an individual basis, he knows how to communicate with the different players’, and he gets the best out of each individual. He also understands and drives our team culture which is so important.”
Commenting on his appointment, Louis Schreuder said: “It’s an absolute honour and privilege for me to be appointed as captain and to lead this group of brothers. Together with Beast and the rest of the leadership group, we look forward to the season ahead and making our fans proud.”
“A captain cannot do it on his own and he will have the support of a strong leadership group around him”, added du Preez.
“He has the full backing of all the players and although he will lead the side and Beast will take up the reins in his absence, should they both be unavailable to play, we have such a strong leadership group that anybody could slot into the role and lead the team.”
Excluding Jean-Luc, all players in the group are fit as they started their preparations.
The aim for Du Preez and his players is to go all the way this year which means they need to be on par from the start..
There is no break this year and it will take a lot out of the players.