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McLeod to quit Sharks after Super Rugby

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 Feb 2014 at 08:00
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It’s been confirmed by both player and club that Sharks scrumhalf Charl McLeod will join Grenoble in France on conclusion of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

The 30-year-old, who has a single test cap, joined the Sharks from the Valke in 2008 after impressing against the team for the East Rand minnows in the 2007 Currie Cup. Initially biding his time behind the likes of Ruan Pienaar and Rory Kockott, over the next few seasons he forced his way into the starting scrumhalf berth and was instrumental in the successful Currie Cup campaigns of 2010 and 2013, with last year’s two-try heroics in the final a particular highlight.

McCleod has also represented the Sharks in Super Rugby on 56 occasions to date, but has lost the undisputed right to the starting scrumhalf position to Cobus Reinach in recent seasons.

The decision to go to France is perhaps not a completely strange one, given that McLeod is very clearly not in the springbok selection frame under Heyneke Meyer and is, at 30, now heading towards the twilight phase of his career. The opportunity to set his family up well by playing in Europe for a few years would, I’m sure, be a good one for him and the 2-year deal with Grenoble appears to have come at the right time.

His departure, though, will leave the Sharks very thin at scrumhalf, particularly in next year’s Super Rugby competition. Youngsters Stefan Ungerer, Hanco Venter and Cameron Wright all have bags of talent but none have any senior experience. McLeod’s departure will at least provide the Sharks with the opportunity to blood these players in 2014′s Currie Cup.


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