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Out goes a youngster (and in comes….?)


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 6 May 2015 at 09:29
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Beeld has this morning lifted the lid on a story that has been bubbling under in Sharks circles for some time; promising Sharks junior scrumhalf Cameron Wright appears to be on his way to join Jake White’s growing South African contingent at Montpellier in France.

Wright, who took advantage of a temporary dearth at scrumhalf to establish himself as a first-choice player in Currie Cup last year, hasn’t had so much as a sniff of Super Rugby action in 2015, despite being named in the initial squad. While the Sharks’ decision to persist with Conrad Hoffmann, rather than backing their own youth, can’t have helped, it must surely be the contracting of 32-year-old Michael Claassens from Toulon that was the last straw for the youngster.

Just this week, the Sharks again overlooked the player, opting to call up a third hooker to replace injured Cobus Reinach in the Super Rugby tour squad; whether this is as a result of his move, or just further justification for a decision that has already been made, we cannot say.

Meanwhile, according to a journalist close to the Cheetahs camp, it seems that the Sharks may have snapped up utility back Joe Pietersen for the Currie Cup. While the player’s ability to slot in at either flyhalf or fullback could come in useful, one has to question the wisdom of yet again bringing in an aged journeyman, rather than making a longer-term investment in players whose best years are still to come. Pietersen turns 31 later this month.



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