Andre Esterhuizen Nyakane Sharks

Springboks centre Andre Esterhuizen on the charge. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Sharks chase Springbok duo Esterhuizen and Nyakane

The Sharks are eyeing blockbuster signings, with World Cup winners Andre Esterhuizen and Trevor Nyakane on their radar.

Andre Esterhuizen Nyakane Sharks

Springboks centre Andre Esterhuizen on the charge. Photo: SA Rugby website.

The Durban-based Sharks are reportedly prepared to fork out a massive transfer fee to bring Springbok World Cup winner Andre Esterhuizen back to South Africa.

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The powerful centre, currently starring for Harlequins in the Premiership, is said to be a top target for his former club.

Esterhuizen’s Contract Situation

Esterhuizen’s contract with Harlequins runs until the end of the 2024/25 season. Despite this, rumours suggest he’s attracting heavy interest from clubs in France and Japan.

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According to Rapport, however, the Sharks are determined to secure his signature – even if it means paying Harlequins a hefty £500,000 release clause (approximately R12 million).

Filling a Centre Void

The Sharks are actively seeking a new inside centre after Rohan Janse van Rensburg’s decision to join Bordeaux-Begles.

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Springbok Jan Serfontein reportedly turned down a return to Durban, leaving Esterhuizen as the Sharks’ preferred candidate for the position.

Andre Esterhuizen: A Coveted Asset

Esterhuizen, capped multiple times for the Springboks, played a key role in Harlequins’ 2020/21 Premiership title triumph. His power and skill have made him a sought-after player across multiple leagues.

Nyakane Also on the Sharks’ Radar

The Sharks are reportedly not only interested in Esterhuizen. According to Rapport, they are also keen on luring experienced prop Trevor Nyakane back to South Africa.

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The World Cup-winning front-row star is currently playing for Racing 92 in France, but with his contract ending and a desire to move into coaching, both the Sharks and Bulls are potential destinations.

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The Sharks clearly have ambitions to make bold moves in the transfer market. Bringing back a player of Andre Esterhuizen’s calibre would be a massive statement of intent.

If they can pull off this deal, and potentially add Nyakane too, they’ll boast a formidable squad built around World Cup-winning experience.