Sharks confirm exit of Bok trio
Durban - The Sharks on Tuesday confirmed
the departure of Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis as well as Willem Alberts, who
will be playing their final match for the Durbanites this Saturday.
Bismarck’s career at the Sharks is now in
its 11th year, having made his senior rugby debut when he joined the Durban
franchise in 2005. To date he is the most capped Sharks player ever at Super
Rugby level, with 129 appearances. He has also accumulated 39 Currie Cup caps,
the number reflective of his Springbok duties where he has represented South
Africa 70 times.
Jannie joined the Sharks in 2008 after
representing the Cheetahs between 2004 and 2007. He has appeared 117 times for
the Sharks at Super Rugby level and has 62 Test match appearances behind him.
They both played in two Rugby World Cups -
in 2007 and 2011 - and together share the record (42) for most Springbok Tests
Alberts made his debut for the Sharks in
2010 after moving to Durban from the Lions and has accumulated a total of 91
appearances (72 in Super Rugby and 19 in the Currie Cup competition) as well as
32 Springbok caps.
According to the Sharks' official website, the union’s management’s tried their best to keep the trio, but were
unsuccessful in their attempts.
Confirming the news, Sharks CEO John Smit
said: “These three gents have played an instrumental and invaluable role at the
Sharks over the years. It is naturally
disappointing to lose these calibre of players that have given so much to
Sharks rugby. As in many senior
statesmen’s careers they felt the time was right to experience something
“We will never forget the many courageous
performances from these three players, the countless outstanding performances
and steals from Bissy, the rock solid anchor at tighthead in Jannie and the
enforcer in Willem. Not to mention Jannie playing the victorious Currie Cup final
in 2013 with a broken hand.”
“On behalf of the Sharks I take this
opportunity to thank them for their dedication, commitment and outstanding
contribution to the franchise. We wish
them and their families the very best for this new chapter they are embarking
The Du Plessis brothers are reported to be
heading to Montpellier in France, while Alberts is likely to play for Stade
The trio will play their last match for the
Sharks when they host the Stormers at Kings Park on Saturday (19:10 kick-off).