Sykes back in Shark Tank

2012-01-24 10:22

Durban - Lock Steven Sykes has opted to return to the Sharks ahead of their Super Rugby campaign, following a short stint at Leinster.

The 27-year-old left the Durban-based franchise at the end of the 2011 Super Rugby tournament but has chosen to reverse the decision and leave Ireland after a new opportunity arose at the Sharks.

"When I got the opportunity to play for Leinster, I really jumped at it and it’s been great," he told the Sharksworld website.

"I always knew that I’d want to come back to the Sharks, but didn’t realise I would miss them quite so badly, so when the chance came to join them again, I grabbed it with both hands. I can’t wait to get back there and contribute."

While he is looking forward to donning the black and white jersey once more, he will face tough locking competition from the likes of Alistair Hargreaves, Ross Skeate, Anton Bresler and Jandre Marais while there.

The one-year deal will see Sykes re-join the squad ahead of Super Rugby kick-off. He will arrive in Durban for pre-season training as of Monday.

The Sharks open their 2012 Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday, February 24.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-24 10:28

    For what it's worth.

      Lionel - 2012-01-24 10:55

      Dozey,once again at he's best!!!!!!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-24 11:03

      Thanks gooinat. Very much appreciated.

      Lionel - 2012-01-24 11:08

      Pleasure my friend,jy nog in die Kaap,of up North???

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-24 11:35

      Currently on the East Rand for a few days, before going 'home'.

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-01-24 11:05

    Good news, adds more depth to the side

  • Francois - 2012-01-24 11:36

    I'm Syked about it...

      Heiku - 2012-01-24 12:33

      Yup. Ready to Lock and Load

  • Chris - 2012-01-24 11:47

    Love the photo! The man we really need back here for the Sharks and the Boks is Gerhard Mostert.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-01-24 12:40

      Agreed. Mostert is a hard player. Great loss for Sharks and Boks

  • Bernadette - 2012-01-24 13:41

    Now this is great news :+)))

  • Byron - 2012-01-24 14:27

    Great news for sharks and SA as we are desperately short of tight locks

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