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10 more days to go….

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Nov 2014 at 10:06
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Hard to believe, isn’t it, that in just 10 days’ time, the Sharks will reconvene start with pre-season work ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

As fans, this period of the year is always the hardest. As the players take a well-earned rest and we focus on the inevitable post-mortems, it’s the lack of new news (if that’s not redundant) that really gets us down. For those who are as passionate about this brand and this team as I am, even just a few weeks without any Sharks happenings to report on and discuss seems like an unpleasant eternity.

Now, the interesting thing is that for some Sharks – those in the so-called “Grey Squad” – the pre-season has already begun. Comprising contracted junior players and a few fringe seniors, that unit will make up the bulk of the Sharks reserve strength this season. It’s anticipated that players from that squad will form the mainstay of the Vodacom Cup team, with many of them then playing for the Sharks under 19 and under 21 teams later in the year.

This wider training squad, for want of a better term, will stay together pretty much all year, under the guidance of new Head of Junior Rugby, Ryan Strudwick and this concept, it is hoped, will allow far better cohesion and progression through the playing ranks for young players coming to the Sharks.

While the youngsters are hard at work, though, the senior will enjoy ten more days of glorious rest before re-convening for yet another tough pre-season (under yet another coaching regime). Enjoy it while you can, boys…. 2015 is going to be another hell of a season, I’m sure.


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