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.
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.
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John Smit is being done a massive disservice at the moment, one that could spell disaster and cost him the Springbok captaincy for the Rugby World Cup later this year.
Statistics are like a lamppost to a drunk man. It does not serve to illuminate but rather, to keep him upright.
Victor Matfield did not think anyone was watching but, coughing at the side of the interview room an hour after leading the Springboks to a thunderous victory, the captain’s warrior face crumpled into grimaces of agony.
Springbok captain John Smit has officially been ruled out of the End of Year Grand Slam Tour as he is recovering from an operation.
Peter de Villiers believes that Bismarck will be much better served getting a full 80 minutes of rugby at the Sharks than 30 or 40 with the Boks this weekend.
Bismarck du Plessis’ neck injury may have hogged the headlines this weekend, but the Springbok could face a potential wing crisis after the injury list doubled with Jongi Nokwe’s injury.
The boys over at Sharksworld confirmed some rumors that have been doing the rounds, Bismarck du Plessis is out for the clash against the Bulls and might also miss the whole season.
There is one confirmed movement from a French club and two possible movements to a French club. The players involved are Steve Meyer, Doug Howlett and Bismarck du Plessis.
They have yet to sign their contracts, but Sharks head coach John Plumtree has no doubt that the Du Plessis brothers, hooker Bismarck and prop Jannie, will be staying on in Durban.