Durban - Sharks centre Paul Jordaan says he's enjoying his life on and off the field during his time in Durban.
Jordaan is recognised as one of the top young talents on the South African scene. He's been a consistent performer for the Sharks over the past two seasons, which saw him earn a Springbok call-up during the June Tests.
The 22-year-old credited the Sharks for his growth and improvement since his arrival from Bloemfontein, where he was an accomplished schoolboy at Grey College.
"Back in Bloemfontein, I had a great time at Grey College. And now I've experienced so much since my move to Durban," Jordaan told the MyPlayers website. "I've received great mentorship from the coaches and senior players here at the Sharks. I'm delighted that my rugby is going very well.
"Receiving the Springbok call-up also gives one plenty of confidence and proves that you're doing something right," he added. "I had a great time meeting the likes of Bakkies Botha and Schalk Burger, and training with the best players in the country. The national squad is great team to be a part of. It's such a positive environment to be in."
The Sharks are one of the favourites for the Currie Cup title this year as defending champions. They boast a young and exciting squad, one that sees Jordaan partner S'bura Sithole in the midfield.
"It's nice to form a centre pairing with a great guy like S'bura," explained Jordaan. "We are both able to feed off each other's energy as there's plenty of motivation between the two of us. Sbura's a strong ball carrier, so we'll be looking to create plenty of attacking opportunities for the team.
"We have a young squad, but there is still plenty of experience from the likes of Jacques Botes, Odwa Ndungane and Tonderai Chavhanga, who help captain Tera Mtembu with the leadership. We were happy with our opening win against Griquas, but we'll be looking to improve on that performance."
While Jordaan's enjoying life on the east coast, he admits he's a farm boy at heart.
"Whenever I have time away from rugby, I head down to the family farm in the Eastern Cape. I love spending quality time with them in the bush."
Jordaan is at inside centre for the Sharks in their Currie Cup clash against the Pumas at Kings Park on Friday night (19:10 kick-off).
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. S'bura Sithole, 12. Paul Jordaan, 11. Tonderai Chavhanga, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Cameron Wright 8. Tera Mtembu (captain), 7. Ettienne Oosthuizen, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. JC Astle, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Thomas du Toit
Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17. Matt Stevens, 18. Johan Meyer, 19. Francois Kleinhans, 20. Hanco Venter, 21. Patrick Lambie, 22. Lionel Cronjé
15 JW Bell, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosco Speckman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (captain), 5 Giant Mtyanda, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 DeJay Terblanche, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Vincent Koch
Substitutes: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Uzair Cassiem, 20 Snake Nyoka, 21 JC Roos, 22 Jerome Pretorius
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