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Statement of intent

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Sharks, Super Rugby on 8 Jun 2015 at 09:35
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Not surprisingly, announcement of the signing of Willie le Roux received a mixed reception. But I would like to take a moment to reflect on what a big coup the management of the Sharks have actually managed to pull off.

Willie le Roux is not just an incumbent Springbok but was also an IRB (now World Rugby) player of the year nominee as recently as 2014. Willie is hot property in the rugby world and it was assumed that he would be moving to Europe once his contract at the Cheetahs expired. He will not be; he will be playing for The Sharks next season. Make no mistake, he is a big signing with an excellent pedigree.

However, a big signing is not guaranteed to be a successful one. Juan Hernandez is an obvious example from a Sharks perspective. When we factor in that le Roux will be spending some time playing in Japan, his potential positive contribution looks less set in stone.

Sometimes these things work out (think Fred Michalak), sometimes they don’t (think Juan Hernandez) and I will obviously be hoping for the former. But one thing that we can’t deny is that The Sharks still have significant pulling power and that should go some way to ease some of the concerns of the fans.


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