DURBAN – It is true enough that the Sharks will be without a raft of senior Super Rugby players when they begin their Currie Cup campaign next Friday, but there remains plenty to get excited about given the fresh talent coming through.
And incoming Currie Cup coach Sean Everitt will need no introduction to the youngsters who will replace the outgoing players as he would have coached them at Under-19 or U21 level.
But before we get onto the young talent, there remains a reasonably large crop of players who have been well seasoned in Super Rugby this year and who will provide the framework of the Sharks’ Currie Cup title defence.
The tight five, in particular shows some nice continuity from Super Rugby in the form of second rowers Ruben van Heerden and Hyron Andrews, hooker Kerron van Vurren, and props Mzamo Majola, John-Hubert Meyer and Juan Schoeman.
The Sharks’ depth up front has come through well considering they have lost Coenie Oosthuizen (overseas), Akker van der Merwe (overseas), Thomas du Toit (Springboks) and Ruan Botha (overseas).