White names title hopefuls

    2014-02-11 13:59
    Durban - Cell C Sharks director of rugby Jake White has announced his 39-man Vodacom Super Rugby squad for 2014 ahead of the tournament which kicks off on Saturday.

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    According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, Bismarck du Plessis will skipper the side with assistance from his deputies Jean Deysel, Pat Lambie and Odwa Ndungane in a well-balanced squad that shows just the right mix of experience in the form of Test match veterans and Sharks stalwarts who contribute calm heads, and the exuberance of youth that brings energy and excitement to the side.

    “I’m very happy with the depth we have here,” explained Jake White.

    “The talent here is phenomenal and I can compare apples with apples. Comparing a side like the Brumbies who came second last year, to a franchise like the Sharks, I can say that there is unbelievable talent here; from 19-year-olds right up to Springboks.”

    His overview of the squad is very positive.

    “We are settled, we have senior players, Currie Cup winners and a positive energy, which is great. It’s just an added bonus that we have settled group.”

    The Sharks host the Bulls in their opening match in Durban on Saturday. Kick-off is at 19:10.

    Sharks 2014 Super Rugby squad:

    Lourens Adriaanse, Willem Alberts, Jacques Botes, Anton Bresler, Dale Chadwick, Marcell Coetzee, Kyle Cooper, Tonderai Chavhanga, Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Bismarck du Plessis (captain), Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Thomas du Toit, Andre Esterhuizen, Tyler Fisher, Hansie Graaf, Monde Hadebe, Paul Jordaan, Ryan Kankowski, Patrick Lambie, Stephan Lewies, Peet Marais ,SP Marais, Charl McLeod, Tendai Mtawarira, Tera Mtembu, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, Etienne Oosthuizen, JP Pietersen, Cobus Reinach, S'bura Sithole, Francois Steyn, Tim Swiel, Stefan Ungerer, Jaco van Tonder, Heimar Williams

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