Sharks issue Daniel statement
Durban - With reference to an article that appeared in the Beeld newspaper
on Tuesday, the Sharks (Pty) Ltd would like to place on record the following:Daniel tweet douses 'fire'
The Sharks strongly condemn this article, which borders on sensational and tabloid journalism. The report is unsubstantiated and irresponsible and we strongly deny that any such rift is evident in the camp.
In response to the article, Sharks captain, Keegan Daniel stated, "I was shocked to hear about these allegations. I can't believe that someone would say this about me in order to try and sell newspapers. It is an attack on my integrity, which is very disappointing, and it is most untrue.
"I have never had a problem with any person in our rugby squad. Since this report surfaced I have had nothing but support from my team-mates of all cultures. This is a lesson that younger players in our squad can learn - when a team is struggling with form then you become an easy target."
Sharks CEO, Brian van Zyl added, "The Sharks team's strength has always been its diversity. The same squad pulled together less than 12 months ago to get into the Vodacom Super Rugby Final. They play for each other and their jersey. The cultural and language demographics within the team are a strength from which the team has drawn.
"I have been in touch with John Plumtree and team management and have been informed that at a team meeting, which took place this afternoon, all players stood firmly behind Keegan Daniel as captain."
The Sharks play the Force on Friday (kick-off at 13:45 SA time) in their final Australasian tour match.