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Alberts to leave Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 May 2015 at 11:22
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Sharks CEO John Smit has confirmed at least one senior player departure, revealing to The Witness that Willem Alberts will indeed move to Paris to join Stade Francais later in the year.

Alberts, whose last few years at the Sharks have been blighted by injury, has only represented the team in a handful of Super Rugby (and even fewer Currie Cup) matches of late and while a popular and influential figure when fit and on song, nonetheless starts to look like a rather expensive luxury give his injury record. With Jean Deysel and Jacques Potgieter both available to the Sharks for at least the next two Super Rugby seasons, the decision to let “Big Vic” go is understandable, even though we as fans will miss him dearly.

Smit also revealed that the du Plessis brother have not yet signed extension deals, saying “We did make them two offers earlier in the year but they have not responded, so I guess that tells a story.” With press speculation in France again rife that the pair will head to Montpellier, despite long-standing differences with new coach Jake White, it appears that the Sharks are resigned to losing the pair. It’s not clear if there are any other teams in the running for their signatures, or if it’s a straight choice between Durban and Montpellier.

In better news, Cobus Reinach has signed a new two-year deal, meaning like Pat Lambie, he’ll be available for the Sharks until at least the end of 2017. Smit remains confident that both Marcell Coetzee and Beast Mtawarira will also commit their immediate futures to Durban.

Frans Steyn apparently “wants to stay”, while it’s less clear what JP Pietersen’s plans are.


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