New Shark aims for Bok spot

2011-11-24 20:19

Durban - New Sharks fullback Riaan Viljoen want's to use his new opportunity at the Sharks as a springboard for a possible Springbok call-up.

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Viljoen is looking forward to a new adventure after signing from Griquas ahead of next year’s Super Rugby tournament.

And according to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, Viljoen's aims and goals mirror those of every other player who makes the move to what are hopefully greener pastures. “I want to play regularly, be in the squad consistently and make a mark in the Sharks jersey. And hopefully make it into the Springbok squad as well.”

Viljoen said the decision to move to Durban was an easy one to make. “The weather is great, that makes it easy to come to Durban, and playing for the Sharks was always something I wanted to do.

"The fact that the Sharks have been successful in the last few years also influenced my decision to play my rugby here.

"You want to come to play for a team that’s playing winning rugby, not a team struggling to win. The Sharks get into finals and that was important for me.”

As an attacking fullback, he believes his style of rugby is suited to the Sharks, as well as theirs to his. “I hope so... We’ll have to see, but I’ll try. I love to run from the back, to offer what I can on attack and then kick when necessary” - he has a massive boot. “The Sharks play open, running rugby and that’s what I like," said Viljoen.


  • Wesley - 2011-11-24 20:46

    so Lambie at Flyhalf and Viljoen at Fullback?Thats a potent combination!

      malcolm.molver - 2011-11-24 21:58

      And Michalak at scrumhalf! Just hope Whitehead is our first choice number 12 and we blood Paul Jordaan. Then we'll have a more than decent backline!

      Terence.Craig.Berry - 2011-11-25 09:02

      Excuse me if I'm mistaken, but Freddy is on his way back to Europe, isn't he??

      Kosie - 2011-11-25 09:14

      @ terence only after the S15

      Paul - 2011-11-26 12:17

      What gets me is that the Sharks poached Louis luddik from our Lions and now where is he ...let this be a lesson to all youngsters ... don't run off to greener pastures ...they might turn out not to be as "GREEN" and gold as you think !!! Message to Luddik and Viljoen ... Jaco Taute will be the BOK fullback soon !!!

  • TheGiven - 2011-11-24 20:55

    Strongest fullback in SA at the moment IMO... But now what about Ludik?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-25 06:22

      True. Viljoen is great, but the Sharks biggest problems are at centre. What are they doing about it?

      Sarge - 2011-11-25 08:48

      Ludik can play at wing as it was his initial position.

      djmain1 - 2011-11-25 11:09

      Tauter has to come close - had an awesome season.

  • Travis - 2011-11-24 21:03

    This sounds good. Like.

  • Johan - 2011-11-24 21:15

    Eish, us Bulls missed out on that one. Only guy in SA who can really straighten a line!

  • derikbench - 2011-11-25 00:09

    Riaan is a good player... just worried that he will also fall into the trap so many other players have when moving to bigger / better performing unions. Remember January, Shimange, Habana and so many others who lost their playing curve, coincedentally when they moved to new unions.

      Ockie - 2011-11-25 07:04

      @Bench. The difference is that this guy is hungry to play for the Springboks and wants to prove himself in a bigger setup. He obviously has the talent to do so.

      Gillbert - 2011-11-25 11:33

      if you call a cupless WP better performing union you must be the dumbest man on earth hahahahahahaha

      Johann - 2011-11-26 20:20

      Those guys reached their "sell by" date by the time they moved.

  • Peter - 2011-11-25 07:11

    Why are the Sharks signing a full back when it is centers they really need? Maybe Lambie will be playing 12.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-11-25 07:28

    Viljoen was the X-factor for the Griquas...what a fantastic buy for The Sharks to bolster their useless midfield.

  • kingriaan - 2011-11-25 08:15

    Viljoen can play fullback, centre, wing and flyhalf.

  • Ho3n3r - 2011-11-25 10:01

    Want's? Seriously? Thought you'd at least be able to spell, being a journalist and all. Clearly I was mistaken.

  • Johann - 2011-11-26 20:21

    Riaan is an asset to any team, even the Boks.

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