With the recent announcement of the contracted Springbok group, focus is slowly starting to shift to the international test season with one burning question…
When it comes to picking the favourites to lead the South Africa conference the popular vote seems to be split between the Stormers and the Sharks.
Bismarck du Plessis will miss the start of the Super Rugby tournament which kicks off in mid-February.
The Sharks will welcome back ace flyhalf Pat Lambie to the team which will take on the Blues but lost a world class player in Bismarck du Plessis.
Patrick Lambie has not recovered from his injury which sees Freddie Michalak retain the flyhalf jersey for their match against the Hurricanes.
The Sharks have confirmed that several of their senior players have extended their contracts at the Durban-based outfit.
Sharks coach John Plumtree has installed two players who lead from the front to captain and deputise for The Sharks in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.
The importance of a 22-man game was never more evident than when the Springboks scraped past Samoa on Friday – which reminded me of a famous line in a very popular video game in the 1990’s.
John Smit has moved to the bench while Frans Steyn retains the number 12 jersey ahead of Jean de Villiers.
It is way too early to start hitting the panic buttons after the Springboks narrow win over Wales on Sunday.
The following column are the thoughts of Kate Nokwe and re-published here with her kind permission.
The Sharks are apparently without a Springbok hooker on their list of contracted players for the 2012 season.
Suddenly, South African teams believe the new ‘Super’ Rugby tournament is not so super for SA teams as Stephen Nell reports for Sport24.
Some players announce themselves on the rugby scene the moment they take the field in front of our television cameras, some take longer, but it is no less worth the wait!
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