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Butch confirms Sharks move

2012-11-05 20:34

Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Butch James has confirmed that he will play for the Sharks in next year's Super Rugby competition.

He was in Durban last week for medical tests after his contract at the Lions was not renewed.

And on Monday James, 33, announced via his twitter account that a deal has been sealed with his former team. "Officially Black & White for next year! Its good to be home!!" he tweeted.

James will be backup flyhalf to Patrick Lambie and will be used in a mentor-type role by the Durban franchise.

"We want to use Butch as a mentor for the younger players - he will specifically be utilised to help players with their goal-kicking as well as tactical kicking. He will work closely with young flyhalves like Fred Zeilinga (under-21 player)," Rudolf Straeuli, the commercial manager of the Sharks, said last week.

Sport24

Comments
  • pieter.samie - 2012-11-05 21:07

    While you're at it Sharks, can you please make an offer on Gerhard van den Heever?

      vark.nek.90 - 2012-11-05 22:37

      What have you got against Gerhard?

      TravieGrif - 2012-11-05 22:38

      Ummmm...nope. Butch has definite value as a mentor and I think it's a great idea having him fulfil that role. Gerhard...not so much. Butchie has a WC medal!

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-11-05 21:28

    Wemcome home!

  • vark.nek.90 - 2012-11-05 22:23

    Butch, I admire your chutzpah. [Is armless tackling part of mentor-ship :-)]

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-11-06 06:53

    Pity the Lions didn't renew his contract, a big loss for us. Good luck at the Sharks Butch!

  • s.t.sishi - 2012-11-06 07:30

    Welcome back Butch.

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-11-06 08:54

    The wheel has turned the full circle - definately going to add value to the Sharks

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-11-06 11:43

    It's a pity, cos I think Elton will stay on for weepee. Maybe the Lions should contract Andre Pretorius, but good luck ahead Butch.

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