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Reinach joins Sharks Currie Cup squad

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 1 Sep 2015 at 11:04
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Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, who was informed last week that he would not be part of Heyneke Meyer’s 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has rejoined the Sharks and will be available for selection for this weekend’s Currie Cup match against the Pumas.

Reinach, who made his Bok debut off the bench against Australia in last year’s Rugby Championship has featured in every match 23 named since, starting three tests on the end of year tour and featuring as substitute in seven others. As such, one would think that the 25-year-old would have had a legitimate expectation of World Cup action; Meyer’s decision to back a scrumhalf that has played no rugby at all in six months (in Fourie du Preez) and bring in uncapped Rudy Paige instead must have been rather galling for Reinach, but he’ll have the opportunity to finally get some decent rugby under his belt with the Sharks.

Reinach, I’m sure, must also realise that there’s a pretty good chance of du Preez breaking down at some stage during the tournament. Cotton-wool wrapping, after all, is not the best way of preparing a player for the rigours of World Cup rugby.

Other disappointed Sharks players include Marcell Coetzee and Frans Steyn. Messages are mixed regarding Coetzee’s state of fitness; I was led to believe that his knee injury would not have healed in time to be selected for the first pool game and that factor weighed heavily against his inclusion. Regardless of whether he is fit or not, though, the fact remains that Meyer has picked other loose forwards (some of them also injured) ahead of him. It’s unlikely that Coetzee, whenever fit, will play Currie cup since he has signed a deal with the Honda Heat in Japan and I’m pretty sure they’d have first call on his services.

Frans Steyn has signed with Jake White’s Montpellier and will presumably head to France as soon as fit.


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