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Super Rugby 2015: the broad strokes

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Nov 2014 at 10:47
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Let’s start our Super Rugby preparations early, by having a look at which players are likely to be in the mix for the Sharks when the Southern Hemisphere showcase kicks off in late February 2015.

We’re well ahead of the game here, given that the players themselves haven’t ever reconvened for pre-season. What’s more the addition of still more new faces to the coaching mix means there will be some inevitable upheaval. Expect Brendan Venter and Gary Gold to have their own ideas about exactly who will play where and what the pecking order will look like; another thing that we’re obviously hoping to see under the new regime is far more sensible rotation among what is still a pretty large squad.

There have been a fair few departures from the Sharks this year, with a slew of players opting to move on either during or after Super Rugby – in some cases, it was due to clashes with erstwhile director Jake White, while in others, the typical overseas attrition took its toll. The 2014 Currie Cup squad, though, looks set to stay on for the most part, tempered by the fact that not too many of this year’s under 21 crop look set to step up in 2015.

Let’s have a look at the players that are likely to form the mainstay of the extended squad in 2015:

Props: Beast Mtawarira (1), Dale Chadwick(1), Thomas du Toit (1), Jannie du Plessis (3), Lourens Adriaanse (3), Matt Stevens (1 or 3)
Hookers: Bismarck du Pessis, Kyle Copoer, Monde Hadebe, Franco Marais
Locks: Pieter-Steph du Toit (4 or 5), Etienne Oosthuizen (4 or 7), Wiehan Hay (4), Stephan Lewies (4 or 5), Marco Wentzel (5), JC Astle (4 or 5), Daniel du Preez (4 or 8)
Loose Forwards: Marcell Coetzee (6 or 7), Francois Kleinhans (6), Khaya Majola (6), Willem Alberts (7 or 8), Johan Meyer (7 or 8), Jean-Luc du Preez (7), Ryan Kankowski (8), Tera Mtembu (8)
Scrumhalves: Cobus Reinach, Cameron Wright, Conrad Hoffmann, Stephan Ungerer
Flyhalves: Pat Lambie, Fred Zeilinga, Lionel Cronje (10, 12 or 15), Tim Swiel (10 or 15)
Centres: Frans Steyn (10 or 12), Andre Esterhuizen (12), Heimar Williams (12), S’bura Sithole (13 or wing), Paul Jordaan (initially out injured), Tyler Fisher (13 or 15)
Wings: Lwazi Mvovo (wing or 15), Odwa Ndungane, Tonderai Chavhanga, JP Pietersen (13 or wing), Sizo Maseko
Fullbacks: SP Marais, Jaco van Tonder

We’ll use these names as a basis for further analysis over the weeks to come, as we wile away the long off-season.


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