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Backup prop: confirmed


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 Mar 2012 at 10:12
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A story in this morning’s Beeld confirms that Griquas prop Janro van Niekerk will tour to Australia and New Zealand with the Sharks as their fourth prop.

With both Beast Mtawarira and Julian Redelinghuys suffering serious leg injuries in the build-up to the tournament and John Smit and Eugene van Staden opting to continue their careers abroad, the Sharks have been in somewhat of a pickle up-front, with Dale Chadwick, Jannie du Plessis and Wiehahn Herbst the only fit senior props. With the Sharks’ own Vodacom Cup team lacking in experienced options too, the decision was made to go in search of an available option.

Both Steph Roberts and van Niekerk came down to Durban for training sessions at various stages, but it’s the latter who has seemingly been given the nod to tour and is apparently already in Durban being fitted up for touring kit.

Van Niekerk said to Beeld, “it was definitely a career decision to move to Griquas from Boland, in the hope that I might get some Super Ruby time with the Cheetahs. Now I have that opportunity, although it’s with the Sharks!

“I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to play. I think my scrummaging is my strong point, but I just hope that I can make a positive contribution to the team”.



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