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Deysel pens Japanese deal


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2014 at 09:33
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Talk of a post-Super Rugby Sharks exodus continue to gather momentum, with loose forward Jean Deysel this morning confirmed as the latest player to commit his future to a Japanese club.

Deysel has signed a two-year deal with Toyota Verblitz and will leave for Japan on conclusion of the 2014 Super Rugby season; like Keegan Daniel before him, Deysel’s deal is a permanent one and will not allow him to return to the Sharks for Super Rugby duty in 2015.

The 29-year-old bruiser joined the Sharks in 2007 after a frustrating junior career with the Lions, in which he battled to break into the senior team. He was an immediate sensation in Durban, going on to establish himself as a key player at blind side flank and playing a starring role in the side’s 2008 Currie Cup triumph. A smattering of Springbok caps followed, but a propensity towards knee injuries, coupled with the arrival of Willem Alberts in 2009 have made Deysel’s position as a guaranteed starter in the Sharks side a tenuous one.

Speaking of the move, Deysel told the Sharks website “The decision to leave The Sharks, a franchise which means the world to me, has been one of my toughest decisions yet. I have learnt so much from this place and I am eternally grateful to this franchise for their belief, support and guidance over the years. Moving abroad presents a new opportunity for my family and I to experience a new culture and way of life. The memories of this franchise and most importantly the friendships I have made along the way will remain with me forever.”

We join the Sharks in wishing the Deysel family – Jean, Cindi and baby Zanru – all the best for their new adventure.

While the Sharks have done well to hang on to their Springbok regulars, there is all the same a somewhat alarming drain of senior players who are seemingly not on Heyneke Meyer’s radar at this stage, with a good number of squad players – so key to the depth which is the Sharks hallmark – deciding to move on ahead of 2015. Deysel and Daniel will both head for Japan later this year, while Wiehahn Herbst (Ireland), Charl McLeod (France), Edwin Hewitt (France), Tim Whitehead (Kings), Allan Dell (Scotland) and Hansie Graaff (Kings) have all confirmed their departures as well.

Sharksworld is aware of a few other players who have also penned foreign deals, although these have yet to be officially revealed.



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