Sharks lure WP's Whitehead

2011-10-31 22:01

Cape Town - Western Province centre Tim Whitehead - who missed their Currie Cup campaign with a knee injury - has signed a deal with the Sharks.

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The Beeld newspaper reports that the 23-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Durban based side.

Whitehead will help fill the void left by Stefan Terblanche - who announced on Monday evening that he won't play for the Sharks again. Terblanche is off to Ireland, where he will play for Ulster over the next couple of months.

Whitehead is expected to fight it out with Meyer Bosman, Adrian Jacobs and Marius Joubert for a place in the Sharks' midfield.

Meanwhile, the Sharks also confirmed that the Du Plessis brothers, Bismarck and Jannie, will be available for them until the 2013 season.


  • genisus - 2011-10-31 22:23

    Common!! What the hell? Something smells fishy by die Kaap? 3 of the best youngsters have now packed their bags!

      Sedick - 2011-10-31 22:43

      The "smell" is Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie......the "best Centre pairing in the world".....ya right......made to look useless by all the centres they have played against this year.....only Helium and Coetzee thinks that they are still great......

      Moses - 2011-10-31 22:44

      This is ridiculous! Under the current administrators WP is fast becoming a breeding ground for failure! They do not care about the players or the fans! They only care about money! Everybody wants our players. Nobody wants our coach! And we really want him to go! If everybody can see that our coach and administrators are the problem, why can't we see it? As things are going now, the Newlands groundsman will be the next to go!

      Kenjaymay - 2011-10-31 23:09

      Hey Guys, relax and think about it..........It's the player that makes the final call not the franchise! Rugby is a professional game right now and it's all about money!!! Long live the Wallet!!

      Wilbur - 2011-10-31 23:11

      Born here, raised somewhere else, like so many youngsters who become stars in other provinces. Maybe WP stars become disasters when they play for their contracts instead of their province? Do they get picked on reputation rather than merit? Don't blame Whitehead, Sadie and Engelbrecht for going where they'll be appreciated.

      Pieter - 2011-11-01 01:16

      @genisus No one wants to play for a joker province that has not won a cup in a decade

      Cliff - 2011-11-01 07:24

      Pieter: You right , all the Bulls running to Japan , France & UK , or retiring . Just like that useless piece of hype from the Bulls running to Province , whats his name , o yes , Gerhard v d Heever

  • malcolm.molver - 2011-10-31 22:57

    "Whitehead is expected to fight it out with Meyer Bosman, Adrian Jacobs and Marius Joubert for a place in the Sharks' midfield". No contest IMO. He's way better than our current geriatric centres. And thanks Stefan for all the memories. A great wing and fullback although never a centre and way off your best this season. But a legend nonetheless and the ultimate pro. Go well Oom Stef

      Gungets - 2011-11-01 07:24

      Agree about Stefan - he was once South Africas best finisher by a country mile, denied the chance to finish his career here. He has been brilliant, and while he had lost a yard he was a general in the midfield defense for the Sharks. --------> Time Whitehead born and raised in Port Elizabeth, product of Grey High. Agree that he is likely to start every game at the Sharks, definitely ahead of Joubert, if he can defend at all he will start ahead of Bosman. I like Jacobs, he is a game changer, but probably best off the bench. We still need another centre here in Durbs.

      Dirk - 2011-11-01 08:04

      Goodness me, in Paul Jordaan and Piet Lindeque, the Sharks have two of the best young centres in the country.Have they been given opportunity at the Sharks- at snr level? Their former team mates( Johan Goosen, William Small-Smith and Francois Venter) are certainly being used by their franchises!

      Kosie - 2011-11-01 08:05

      we need another outside centre, and a backup inside centre

  • Lionel - 2011-11-01 07:13

    I sincerely hope Rassie and AC know what they doing.......because I don't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • marius.theron1 - 2011-11-01 08:31

    Hy sal nie n aanwins vir Sharks wees nie. Hy's te gemiddeld.

      Bootman - 2011-11-02 11:26

      Anything is better than what they've got now.

  • morgan.malyon - 2011-11-01 08:40

    Now just to get our hands on Juan de Jongh, who in my opinion, is going to be one of the greats of Springbok and world rugby, think he would look good in a black and white Province are going through the same thing that the Cheetahs go through, losing all their classy young talent, any coincidence that it's a former Free Stater in charge of WP rugby?

      Stephen - 2011-11-01 08:53

      Maybe the fu..ker is selling the Province talent to other provines on the sly!! Not sure what else he is doing here?? In truth, if we are losing quality players to other provinces then its clear that they are not been offered emough game time. Money is one thing but playing is what they ultimately want to do. But then I am confused as most WP supporters are at the moment, as to what is going on here. We only have Jean and Jacque and Jacque is off to Japan for a while so then its Juan. Who is after that?? Surely any player would know they would be getting a lot of game time as Jean is always injured. nd I doubt Tim would have been a big cost so I think there are other issues here. Methinks a lack of faith in the coaching staff. With Robbie as backline coach WP have looked absolutely poor! Please WP lets get some winners into the coaching squad.

      Byron - 2011-11-01 09:24

      JdJ can be the next big thing but that depends on attitude. He has some serious limitations (only steps off his left and has the pass of a drunkard) but if he is coached well he will become amazing! Lets compare Habana and Pietersen. Habana was an amazing talent (fast, strong etc) Pietersen was also promising. Bothe had glaring problems in their games, both had bad hands and Habana couldnt step or hold a defensive line. JP was weak on Defense. Now tell me has Haban improved at all? No and thats why he is now so rubbish since he has lost a tad of pace, if he could step and not get caught out on defense he would still be international quality. JP is now a renowned defensive wing with decent hands. My point is this its great to be good but to be great requires constant desire to improve

      Cliff - 2011-11-01 11:19

      Byron : Young man , what are you smoking , you gotta get me some , I also want to live on your cloud !!!

  • Priester - 2011-11-01 17:00

    Shees!!! Dit is lekker om 'n Bul ondersteuner te wees. Julle stress al klaar oor volgende jaar! Top unies vir die volgende 10 jaar is Bulle eerste en Lions tweede! Sorry WP...... daar is geen hoop vir julle nie. Blou Bul Groete!

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