Sharks trial Mjekevu, Newman

2011-12-05 15:39

Durban - Centres Wandile Mjekevu and Morgan Newman has joined the Sharks for trials on Monday as they prepare for the 2012 Super Rugby tournament.

The Sharks will give Mjekevu and Newman a chance to impress as they aim to bolster their midfield after the departure of Stefan Terblanche and Adrian Jacobs

After falling out of favour with the Lions, 20-year-old former Baby Bok Mjekevu will have the opportunity to earn a contract at the Sharks. The King Edward School old boy featured for the Lions in Super Rugby in 2010, playing 10 out of their 13 matches at wing. His highlight was a hat-trick in the 72-65 loss to the Chiefs that season. An injury forced him out for a while and he then struggled to regain a spot in the senior side, spending this year with the Lions' Under-21 side.

Newman, who captained Emerging Boks to the 2008 Nations Cup, has successfully recovered from a broken leg that he suffered with the Stormers against the Bulls in 2010. The 25-year-old spent 2011 with Free State in the Vodacom Cup. He is expected to train with the Sean Everitt-coached Sharks' Vodacom Cup squad.



  • jpcronje - 2011-12-05 15:51

    WTF WP, now Newman also gone.

      Paulus - 2011-12-05 16:31

      dude he left wp 2 years ago for the cheatahs...........crappy supporter u are.............wp.......losing finals since 2001

  • Chris - 2011-12-05 16:19

    Has anyone here seen these guys in action? Any good?

      Clayton - 2011-12-05 16:43

      Mjekevu is a damned talented kid, was one of the only Lions to keep his name when they lost the 14 in a row and he did that as an 18 yr old.

  • Clayton - 2011-12-05 16:38

    Newmans been gone for more than a year now JP

  • grantcg - 2011-12-05 16:53

    Both exciting players with pace and strength..Sharks backline taking shape very nicely now :) 9.Mcleod 10.Lambie 11.Mvovo/Sithole 12.Newman/Bosman/Jordaan 13.Whitehead/Mjekevu 14.JP 15. Viljoen/Ludik

      Daniel - 2011-12-05 17:34

      Think Timmie Whitehead will own that #12 jumper actually, was like most other guys super underrated at WP

  • Taetjo - 2011-12-05 16:53

    Wandile Mjekevu is a good winger and center... He just doesn't have his head screwed on right. He just needs to grow up a bit and keep his feet firmly on the ground. He certainly has a bright future.

      Steenbra - 2011-12-05 17:46

      And he has to learn to improve his defence.. Newman is very good centre with great distribution skills and is a position(12) where WP is a bit thin..

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-12-05 18:08

    I think they're both seriously talented, and with the right mental as well as physical coaching could both become Boks in future. I'm a Lions supporter so it's sad to see Mjekevu go, but SA rugby always comes first so I just hope they both end up with coaches who will bring out the best in them.

  • richard.joffe - 2011-12-05 19:22

    All the Wp supporters are Bashers are missing a key fact on last years super 15 squad where the stormers won the "real Currie Cup" strength vs Strength title in the Sa conference We have lost 1 starting player Jaque Fourie and De Jong has his chance to improve himself, 1 player lol. Sadie and JJ werent first choice players they were offerd contracts like Whitehead and chose the money like Fourie fairplay, we are stronger at fullback with Joe Pieterson back and actually Gerhard van Der Heever is more proven at super 15 then JJ so lol and Deon Carstens is better then CJ. Plus this time last year u so called fans didnt know Sadie etc Jp du plessis , michael van der spy even brache might turn out better.

  • kevin.rack - 2011-12-06 04:54

    Well done Sharks for buying well. Mjekevu is a good player with a great shimmie but I have never seen him at centre. Watch the monster Sithole at wing. Whitehead is like Conrad Smith, great allround player but is not a bighead. Good buy too. Where is South Africa's top talent Tshotsho Mbovane.

  • Adriaan - 2011-12-07 11:34

    im so glad Newman left province. Never rated him. His slow as well

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