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Du Toit plans June comeback


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby on 5 May 2015 at 12:42
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Good news for Sharks fans, according to the MyPlayers website, is that talisman lock Pieter-Steph du Toit is aiming to play for the side one more time before Super Rugby 2015 has run its course.

Du Toit, who suffered what was at first thought to be a season-ending knee ligament injury against the Cheetahs back in March, was later confirmed to face just three months on the sideline after a better-than-expected surgical outcome. He’s apparently hoping to be fit for selection when the Sharks take on the Stormers in Durban on 13 June, their last Super Rugby match of the season.

He is, of course, very much hoping to be in contention for the Springbok World Cup squad this year; for Sharks fans, though, the big concern is rater what he will opt to do after October. Du Toit signed a 2-year Sharks contract extension in 2013 and there has, as yet, been no indication as to whether he intends to renew again when his current deal expires on October. The fact that the Sharks have treated him well through nearly two years of injury rehab should hopefully weigh in their favour, as will the fact that younger brother Johan is also contracted in Durban and making great strides.

On the flip side, the current crisis in Sharks rugby must certainly be weighing on the player’s mind and only a fool could argue that he doesn’t stand a better chance of winning trophies (and improving his own Bok selection chances) if he were to play elsewhere. There can also be little doubt that a number of sides including the Bulls, Western Province and Montpellier would be prepared to break the bank to secure his signature.

Along with Pat Lambie and Marcell Coetzee, Pieter-Steph du Toit is one of only a handful of players in the current squad around whom the Sharks could hope to rebuild a team capable of challenging for Super Rugby honours. Let’s hope they all buy into the bigger picture.



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