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Sharks in strange Grid-Iron twist

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Aug 2015 at 10:11
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A very strange strange indeed broke late on Friday, with the news that former North Carolina NFL running back Taylor Gentry is on his way to Durban, to join the Sharks for a 3-month trial.

According to this article, Gentry was one of a number of players slated to take part in the “Independence Cup” fixture between the Leicester Tigers and the NRFL Rough Riders, a fixture that was set to spearhead professional club rugby in the States. However, the game’s governing body in the US refused to sanction the fixture, leading to its cancellation. Gentry, along with the other players, were left high and dry and in search of somewhere else to further their careers.

Enter the Sharks, who have opted to have a closer look at Gentry as an option at prop in the Currie Cup. His position in American Football – full back – is rather different to what we would consider a fullback in rugby; the less glamorous of the two running back positions, the full back is typically the “lead blocker” (read meat shield), who uses his bulk and strength to block opposition players before they can get to the ball-carrying halfback. Standing at around 1.88m and weighing around 112kg, Gentry appears to have the correct form factor to succeed at prop, where he has played all his rugby since converting from grid-iron three years ago.

Gentry should arrive in Durban this week and we’d like to welcome him to the family and wish him well for the trial. Congrats also to the Sharks for being prepared to think out of the box once again – and do their bit to grow the global game.


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