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Welcome back Waylon!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 12 Jan 2015 at 10:45
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Good news for any Sharks fan with a sensitive streak (or a soft spot for home grown heroes fallen on hard times) is that Waylon Murray WILL be a Sharks player in 2015.

As we revealed in November, Murray joined the Sharks on a trial basis during last year’s pre-season block, after prior stints at the Lions, Kings and Bulls had failed to help him deliver on the promise of his early Sharks career – one which saw him twice capped for the Springboks in 2007. Relegated to the status of bit-part Vodacom Cup player in Pretoria, Murray needed a new lease on life and it was fitting indeed that he should return home to Durban, where it all started for him.

Murray was head boy of Westville Boys High in 2004 and excelled in junior Sharks colours alongside fellow prodigy Brad Barritt, with whom he formed a formidable midfield combination. His Sharks debut came in the 2005 Currie Cup, where he was among a handful of raw youngsters picked from nowhere by Dick Muir to make their mark during that campaign. Super Rugby exposure followed the year after, with Murray and Barritt showing their skills in senior Sharks colours for far too brief a time before injury appeared to have cut Murray down in his prime.

“He’s re-looked at his career and is really keen to play again,” says Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt of Murray (on the Sharks website). “I must say, he’s been outstanding at training, he’s shed a few kilograms and he’s got his pace back, so he should be ready to rock and roll come the Super Rugby season.” The Sharks have been impressed enough with what they’ve seen that Murray has been offered a contract for 2015 and will bolster depth in the crucial outside centre position.

With Paul Jordaan out injured (and no clear return date in sight after his horror hip injury) and JP Pietersen still in Japan, expect Murray to have an important role to play, particularly in the early stages of the Super Rugby campaign.


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