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Tuesday snippets from the Shark Tank


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Nov 2014 at 11:03
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The start of pre-season training ahead of a new campaign always brings a flurry of activity. By all accounts, yesterday was certainly a busy day in Durban.

Let’s try to gather together some of the snippets of information we have relating to the goings on at the Shark Tank ahead of Super Rugby 2015.

- Brendan Venter is very much taking charge of the pre-season program, it would seem, with his boss Gary Gold still committed to Kobe in Japan for the next while at least. The players, as a rule, seem to really value Venter’s input and it’s hoped that the coming campaign will be a far happier (and hopefully more successful one) with his input and participation.

- Venter and Gold have a large group of assistant coaches working beneath them. We understand that Brad Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt will fill the “traditional” roles of forwards and backs coach respectively, while Paul Anthony and Michael Horak will function across the team. Horak will cover defence and kicking, while we understand Anthony will be responsible for improving and monitoring players’ tempo and work rate. This latter role is one which Venter considers vital to the high-energy game he has in mind for the Sharks.

- Renaldo Bothma and Paul Perez were the two new faces at training yesterday, player wise. Perez would seemingly face an uphill struggle to end up as a Sharks player, given that he apparently has 14 days to leave the country (unless the Sharks like him enough to secure him a new work permit in time to prevent his deportation).

- Rumours indicate that a few more players are likely to join the squad once their Japanese commitments are done, with Jaque Fourie the anticipated marquee signing.

- Kyle Cooper has had to have surgery on his troublesome ankle and is thus unable to join the pre-season activities. It is unclear how long he’ll be out of action, but we believe he should be fit for the start of the Super Rugby campaign next year.

- Under 20 players Jean-Luc du Preez, Daniel du Preez and Hyron Andrews have been called up from the Grey Squad to train with the Super Rugby side. We’re not sure yet if others have been afforded the same privilege, but in the case of those three, we do have confirmation. Congratulations to the boys.



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