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Sharks to use Butch as mentor

2012-10-30 22:09

Cape Town - The Sharks will be looking to use Butch James as a mentor to their younger players during next year's Super Rugby competition.

The former Springbok pivot's contract at the Lions was not renewed and he is now likely to sign at his old team for one last stint in top-flight rugby.

The Beeld website reports that James, 33, was in Durban the past two days to undergo medical tests.

He recently made it clear he wants to play flyhalf, which will see him play back-up to Patrick Lambie for the No 10 spot.

"I haven’t signed yet," James was quoted as saying on Sunday. "It’s about 90% sure. I’ve been speaking to them and I’m keen to go. I’ll basically be the back-up flyhalf (to Lambie).

James is yet to sign a contract but Rudolf Straeuli, the commercial manager of the Sharks, said on Monday that they'll be looking to tap into James's wealth of experience.

"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)," said Straeuli.

Sport24

Comments
  • Aidan Berry - 2012-10-30 22:13

    Nooooooooo!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-31 00:28

      The Sharks are a good team and a top quality outfit.If they need any "mentoring" then it's their line-out department that needs shaking up and not the flyhalves to be honest.The Sharks didn't do much wrong on Saturday against Province,in fact they played as well as what was expected of them.It's just that Province took whatever was thrown at them by the Sharks,then soaked it all up and just came back hard at the Sharks.The Sharks will be there in the mix as title contenders for the Super Rugby title in 2013 you watch and see so you can't write them off at all.Paul Jordaan amongst others is a real pleasure to watch when playing each time he goes onto the pitch.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-31 06:55

      I think that it is a very good idea to use his skills and experience to help the youngsters. Butch has tons of experience, and I like this plan. The man has a World Cup medal...he knows what he is talking about. I think that his influence is evident in the way that Jantjies has improved in recent times.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 07:09

      Red and yellow card mentor, 'how not to do it' very clever from the Sharks!!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-31 07:55

      For me, Butch played the best Rugby in a couple of years this season

  • adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-10-30 22:41

    Good idea to pick him as a mentor/back-up to lambie, admitted he is a player with some faults but also lots of raw class, that was very clear at his peak when he was the unsung hero of the 2007 rwc campaign, he can offer the young guys some valuable guidance and still make an impact of the bench....and even if you don't agree (which i assume most will not), i think everyone will agree that at least its a better option than meyer bosman as back-up

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 07:09

      Butch is old and useless

      adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-10-31 19:30

      jou brein is duidelik old and useless

  • a.j.bosch - 2012-10-30 22:48

    Get your facts straight N24. There will be no fight for the 10 jersey between him and Lambie. James clearly states that he will be back-up to Lambie.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-31 00:47

      Where did they say he will fight for it? Did you even read it? "He recently made it clear he wants to play flyhalf, which will see him play back-up to Patrick Lambie for the No 10 spot."

      a.j.bosch - 2012-10-31 05:23

      @lean, Oh I read it allright, maybe if you didn't wait until 2am to read the article then you would have read the original version as well.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-31 06:13

      @aj; ignore the troll !

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 07:10

      It is impossible for Pinkmasjien to ignore someone, so now he goes around telling other people to ignore people with a different opinion than his - not that I have seen his "opinion" anywhere. So pathetic. Typical suurgat Bulls supporter.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-31 07:56

      chrisin.oz.1 - So where is your ópinion' @ss!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 08:06

      jaco, scroll down. Do you want me to explain how to do that?

  • denese.newby - 2012-10-30 22:55

    It will be great to have Butch back at the Shark Tank. That's where he belongs!

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 07:10

      Yes more 10 min with 14 men for the Sharks!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-31 00:28

    The Sharks are a good team and a top quality outfit.If they need any "mentoring" then it's their line-out department that needs shaking up and not the flyhalves to be honest.The Sharks didn't do much wrong on Saturday against Province,in fact they played as well as what was expected of them.It's just that Province took whatever was thrown at them by the Sharks,then soaked it all up and just came back hard at the Sharks.The Sharks will be there in the mix as title contenders for the Super Rugby title in 2013 you watch and see so you can't write them off at all.Paul Jordaan amongst others is a real pleasure to watch when playing each time he goes onto the pitch.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-31 07:00

      well said ! both teams played just as well and yes all the centres stood out and really ignited the well played and worthwhile to watch final .

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 07:11

      They need players, period!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-10-31 00:56

    Butch was in town to see his family.

  • martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-31 01:15

    Maybe a good idea to invest in a lock mentor? Mattfield for one season could be useful!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 07:08

      No Matfield is a champion. So you might not see him at the Bulls soon.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 08:43

      Only a champion, coz he was at the Bulls!!!!

  • Caleb - 2012-10-31 01:48

    Young players should really not be modelling themselves or taking advice from this thug.

      piet.boerie - 2012-10-31 03:55

      Let me guess aother dumb kiwi with so little to do but troll on a saffa website. The girlfriend in the paddock not enough excitement for you Pakeha? How about cheating McCaw as a captain as we all know he cheats much more than Butch is dirty

      piet.boerie - 2012-10-31 03:57

      P.S. real kiwis dont blog only skinny whites fake kiwis. I would rather have Butch as a mentor than the biggest cheat in world rugby, you know the guy the trips players, cheats and a player who has bought rugby into disrepute all over the world.

      kevan.vanniekerk - 2012-10-31 07:50

      Caleb, gfoogle who has the most red/ yellow cards in Sprinbok rugby and who has been sent off the most. These are the standings. Schalk Burger, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield, Butch James.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-11-01 08:32

      @caleb.drumm: Yeah and what a Stand Up guy Mcaw is.... In case you've missed it-I was being sarcastic! This being said, Butch,Bakkies,Dean Greyling and now Jannie Du Plessis dont have my respect at all as they are straight up dirty players....

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-31 05:52

    Super 15 is the toughest competition in the world, experienced back up will always help. Butch definately added value at the Lions and I think he'll do the same at the Sharks.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 06:09

      They were last on the log. Without him, where would they have been.............? Still last on the log.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-31 06:17

      @gary, ignore the troll

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-31 06:56

      not sure about the troll being to far from the truth but with his experience it does help the younger players but i don't think lambi needs a mentor? maybe a back up yes.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 07:06

      PinkMasjien1. It's funny that you tell gary to ignore me, but you yourself can't ignore me.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-31 07:16

      I never said he was the Lions saviour, their fate was sealed before tournament even started. Butch provided good cover for Jantjies when needed and showed he is capable of playing at inside centre as well. That does add value to a team. His goal kicking is still of a high standard as well.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 06:08

    Does the Sharks really want their youngsters to pick up his (bad) habits.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 07:12

      Looks like it!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-31 07:58

      So that’s what you call an opinion Chris?? Pathetic you are!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 08:07

      Still one more than what you have.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 08:10

      You keep hammering about having an opinion but you spew the most nonsense over our screens, after me, just a troll like me chris, we are 2 of a kind, just not for the same rugby team!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 08:24

      Don't flatter yourself.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 08:32

      O sorry Chirs, you are right, coz I am better than you!!!!

      byron.wright.102 - 2012-10-31 10:05

      Heck if they can pick up the habbit of being a world cup winning fly-half I will take it

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-10-31 07:09

    Soon to be published book by Butch - How to get your custard, and eat it - custard is a yellow card for those ignorant

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 07:23

      Is that why his cheeks are getting so round lately?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-31 07:58

      So that’s what you call an opinion Chris?? Pathetic you are!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 08:08

      Looks like I have opinions, while you know how to copy and paste.

  • monique.jackson0 - 2012-10-31 07:13

    We are black.... we are white.......

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 07:20

      You are black, you are blue. Although now that the swelling is going down it's more getting to shades of yellow and purple.........

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 07:31

      ...we are, we are, without a cup (again)

  • andre.kriel.5 - 2012-10-31 08:02

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 08:26

      Can I introduce you to the newest technology. It is called a keyboard. And it now has the added feature of having keys that cover the whole alphabet, not just h and a.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 08:40

      Great opinion Chris!!!

  • fef.gericke - 2012-10-31 08:52

    well done Sharks...now just get Dean Greyling to mentor your forwards...

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 10:02

      Domgat!!!!

      fef.gericke - 2012-10-31 10:53

      steeds beter as vuilgat!

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-10-31 10:03

    What a player butch has been- He has won a world cup and was one of our best players at the sharks for years- I am glad he will be back to add to the motivation and drive as he is a 100% player

  • david.stopforth.5 - 2012-10-31 15:02

    Butch all the way he is still a good player and a hard working player as well so he will be useful for the Sharks

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