Sharks players

Some of the departing Sharks players. Photo: X

Over 10 players set to jump ship at the Shark tank

There is set to be a noteworthy squad overhaul at the Sharks, with coach John Plumtree preparing to bid farewell to several players.

Sharks players

Some of the departing Sharks players. Photo: X

There is no doubt that it has been one of the strangest season for the Sharks, with the Durban-based side having endured a nightmare campaign in the URC.

Despite this, they achieved redemption in the Challenge Cup, as they became the first South African side to win an EPCR competition, and it has earned them a place in next season’s Champions Cup.

As squad planning continues to ensure a far more consistent set of results next season, the team will soon welcome a host of high-profile signings.

Incoming players at the Sharks

  • Andre Esterhuizen
  • Jason Jenkins
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Jordan Hendrikse
  • Emmanuel Tshituka

As much as the Sharks have identified key players who will add value to their squad, there have been a large number of players who they officially bid farewell to at a team function last night.

Below, we look at some of the leading players who are heading out of KZN:

  • Anthony Volmink
  • Lionel Cronje
  • Werner Kok
  • Le Roux Roets
  • Curwin Bosch
  • Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • Boeta Chamberlain
  • Sikhumbuzo Notshe

It shouldn’t be forgotten that Hyron Andrews also went out on loan earlier this year, while Rohan Janse van Rensburg left to join the Canon Eagles.

Good times ahead?

The Sharks certainly showed what potential they have during the Challenge Cup final, and received high praise from former Springbok star Bobby Skinstad during a recent URC round table.

“It was a magnificent performance. They were almost flawless. Their individuals really came to the party. I was very pleased for them. They delivered the performance when it was needed at the right time. After a difficult season, they will be really pleased with what they have been able to achieve.

“It means, despite all the losses in the league and the negativity around that, they are able to leapfrog into the Champions Cup. So they will be delighted and I bet you they will be very competitive at that level.

“If you look at the two finals on the weekend, I feel the Sharks, Leinster and Toulouse were on the same level. That’s got to be positive for the Sharks. They will feel they can be competitive home and away.”