Sharks lure Joubert back

2011-03-16 11:28

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - The Sharks may soon have two former Cheetah-centres making up their midfield.

A reliable source confirmed to Sport24 that Marius Joubert, a former Springbok and current centre for French outfit, Clermont Auvergne will finish his rugby career with the Durban based side.

The 31-year old could partner Meyer Bosman, another former Cheetah who joined the team at the end of 2010.

Joubert may even feature in the latter part of this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby competition. There’s also the possibility that another Bok, Frans Steyn could play for the Lions later in the competition after he finishes his stint at French team, Racing Metro.

Joubert arriving in the Shark tank could mean that Adi Jacobs will struggle to keep his place in the side, as he is already playing second fiddle behind 35-year old veteran, Stefan Terblanche, whom has cemented his place at outside centre at the Sharks.

The Sharks are apparently also after the services of another former Cheetah, Ronnie Cooke. The 27-year old centre/wing currently plays for the French side, Brive and is one of the star performers in the French Top 14.

The Top14 final is on the 4th of June, with the Heineken Cup final on the 21st of May.  Even if Clermont play in both these finals, it will still mean that Joubert could play for the Sharks in the last Super Rugby group match and possible knockout rounds.

The Sharks’ final group match is on the 18th of June against the Bulls in Pretoria, with the Super Rugby final being on the 9th of July.

Joubert, capped 30 times by the Springboks, played Currie Cup and Super Rugby for the Cheetahs before he left for France. Before his stint in Bloemfontein, he played many times for Western Province and the Stormers.

Although many rugby fans regard his career as being in its twilight phase-he may-just like Terblanche- use this opportunity to spark it into a late revival.


  • gooinat - 2011-03-16 11:32

    Not a bad aquisition if he can stay injury free!!!!!!

  • Kaapie - 2011-03-16 11:34

    Has been

      Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 11:38

      I thought nothern hemisphere was a place to retire....

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-16 12:24

      Mxo, Cape Town is the place to retire. Like Habana, Fourie etc.

      Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 12:34

      Pappa, what the hell is James doin in Gauteng and Joubert, Terreblanche doing in Durban?

      Kaapie - 2011-03-16 13:24

      Habana is too young to retire, lets talk about Matfield, Rossouw, Botha and so on. Be careful Habs may just come back and bite the bulls in the arse

      Ricky - 2011-03-16 18:28

      Even a has been is better than A D Jacobs.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-16 11:35

    Bloody good buy this. Centre is the one position the Sharks have 'issues'. Clever Rudolf.....

      Mumford - 2011-03-16 11:46

      he is actually an ex Paarl Gym/WP boy.Tough as nails like Dewet Barry!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-16 12:10

      Yeah I remember when he played for Boland - 1999/2000 I think? Then he came to WP. He and De Wet were great in their day.

      xperdt - 2011-03-16 15:31

      @mammieseford- hoor hulle koop de wet barry volgende jaar...januarie oor 2 en selfs naas se naam is op hulle inkopie lys. vrede vir die bulls se ou manne, moenie dat die sharks&wp koop smouse julle pla nie, tree af met goeie eer....

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  • Alwyn - 2011-03-16 11:46

    The Stormers should have bought him seeing that they aquire all the Has beens

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-16 12:24

      You left out overrated.

  • Jurgen - 2011-03-16 12:01

    THat's awesome news! even if it's just for a season! That guy has talent! he would've been ALOT better in SA rugby had he not played most of his rugby outside of Harry Viljoen and Rudolph Staueli's love child De wet Useless Barry! Marius is a great attacking center and he can tackle! if this is true, it's a great move by the Sharks!

  • GILLBERT - 2011-03-16 12:13

    ha ha ha ha ha what didnt the cheetahs want him i thought that is where all has been ended up

  • shawnappel - 2011-03-16 12:22

    meh, bring back frans and ruan

      Stretchy - 2011-03-16 14:04

      Frans is way too gredy with the ball, so let him go o the Lions, as for Ruan, he takes forever to get his mnd into the game and at that stage it is almost too late. Let them both stay away.

  • Igor N - 2011-03-16 12:40

    No, please please please no... Bring back Frans Steyn to the Shark tank, not this over the hill gimp

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-03-16 12:45

    A has been. And can I ever thank the Sharks enough for acquiring the services of Meyer Bosman. Good ridence.

      Ragged-Tooth - 2011-03-16 15:18

      Don't worry, the Sharks will convert Bosman into a top class international yet, same as we did with Strauss. Any of your other tjieta boys wanna revive their careers and get international quality coaching they may wanna make a move to the Sharks.

  • Superdude - 2011-03-16 13:37

    Ronnie Cooke would be a good buy - he has been playing well in France

  • YoMama - 2011-03-16 15:25

    Where do the Sharks players stay when they play the Cheetahs in Bloem? With their parents.

  • crocowild - 2011-03-16 18:50

    This i call a waste of money.Why don t you just buy Tim Whitehead outright from Western Province and together with Lambie,Mcleod,Mvovo etc. you will eat other backlines for breakfast.Province don t use him so jump in and buy the bargain of the decade.

  • lafras59 - 2011-03-17 01:59

    The rugby club in the world that buys the most players - Sharks.Let's see,the last year they bought Bosman,Ludik,Alberts,Joubert,Vleis,almost Mapoe,Sowerby,Hoffman,JL Potgieter.I'm sure there are more,but I stopped counting.Wahaha,buying half a team every year.Let's see...foreign players....Michalak,Hernandez,Goode(Heeheehee),Brown,Townsend,Lacroiz,that s only the flyhalves!...What a joke of a rugby union this is.

      Jik - 2011-03-17 07:56

      A little bit of jealousy there.. ag siestog.. Its called the professional era, I don’t know if you have realised but we have been playing overseas under our club colors for the last, oh I don’t know, 18 years.. To be the best you have to have the best, or in this case buy average players from sad little franchises and turn them into stars... Get with the times dude.. Your clearly found lagging.. which franchise to you support? Humor me.. Actually don't worry about it, your argument will be as ridiculous and blinded as your jealous little rant that I have already wasted enough time on.. lol.. "Joke of a rugby union.." siestog... Jealousy does make you nasty eh...

      ChumScrubber - 2011-03-17 09:05

      lafras59 - this is the professional era, as pointed out by Jik. Learn to live with it or stop watching rugby. No pro teams in SA are dominated by home grown boys anymore, its now about how well the franchise is run as a business that determines success. Jealousy gets you nowhere. ha ha

  • Kevan - 2011-03-17 15:13

    Iafras59, i do not know which franchise you support but i suggest you look at the other teams players and see where they come from. You will be surprised. Look at how many WP players bought last year and how many the lions have bought this year and then shout your mouth off and stop being so bias. Even the bulls team is not full of home grown talent

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