Curwin Bosch, Aphelele Fassi and Makazole Mapimpi celebrate for the Sharks. Photo: Steve Haag/Dave Lintott Photography.

Springbok duo set to leave Sharks!

Springboks Curwin Bosch and Sikhumbuzo Notshe set to leave Sharks amid major team reshuffle, with new signings bolstering the squad.


Curwin Bosch, Aphelele Fassi and Makazole Mapimpi celebrate for the Sharks. Photo: Steve Haag/Dave Lintott Photography.

The Sharks are bracing for significant changes as two Springboks, Curwin Bosch and Sikhumbuzo Notshe, are expected to depart ahead of the next season.

These moves mark a pivotal moment for the Durban-based franchise as they navigate the loss of key players while bolstering their squad for future challenges.

Curwin Bosch’s French Connection

Throughout this season, speculation about Curwin Bosch moving to France has been rife. Earlier in the year, Bosch was linked with a switch to Top 14 side Montpellier, but the deal eventually fell through.

However, recent reports suggest that Bosch is now close to finalising a contract with Pro D2 club Brive. This ambitious club, owned by British billionaire Simon Gillham, has been making waves in the recruitment market.

They have secured high-profile signings, including England’s Courtney Lawes, Henzo Kiteau from Clermont, Samuel Maximin from Rouen, Hugo Verdu from Massy, Thomas Zenon from Nevers, and Ewran Dridi from Grenoble.

Notshe’s Future Uncertain

Sikhumbuzo Notshe is also on the verge of departing from the Sharks. The loose forward has endured a challenging season, featuring in only nine games due to injuries and falling out of favour under coach John Plumtree.

Reports from South African newspaper Rapport suggest that Notshe is considering a return to his former team, the Stormers.

The Stormers are currently evaluating their back-row options, especially with Hacjivah Dayimani set to join Racing 92 in France next season.

However, a return to Cape Town would require Notshe to accept a reduced salary, causing him to hesitate and reconsider his options.

Sharks’ Strategic Moves

Amid these potential departures, the Sharks are not standing idle. The team has been proactive in strengthening their squad for the upcoming season.

Emmanuel Tshituka is set to join his brother Vincent in moving from the Lions to the Sharks. Additionally, the team will welcome Springboks Trevor Nyakane, Jason Jenkins, and Andre Esterhuizen.

Lions playmaker Jordan Hendrikse is also set to join, adding further depth to the squad. These strategic signings aim to reinforce the team’s competitive edge and mitigate the impact of losing key players.

Players Leaving Durban

As Bosch and Notshe prepare to leave, they join a list of other players exiting Durban. Le Roux Roets is heading to Sale Sharks, Boeta Chamberlain to the Bulls, and Werner Kok to Ulster.

Furthermore, Joel Hintz has moved to Western Force, Hyron Andrews to Sale Sharks, and Rohan Janse van Rensburg to Canon Eagles mid-season.

These departures represent a significant reshuffle within the Sharks’ line-up, challenging the team to adapt and integrate new talent seamlessly.

Impact on Sharks’ Line-up

The departures of Bosch and Notshe, along with other key players, signify a period of transition for the Sharks. The team’s management and fans will be closely monitoring how these changes impact the squad’s dynamics and performance in the next season.

The new additions aim to strengthen the team’s capabilities, but the loss of experienced players like Bosch and Notshe could pose challenges.

The upcoming season promises to be a test of resilience and adaptability for the Sharks as they navigate this period of significant change.

The strategic recruitment and departure of key players will undoubtedly shape the team’s trajectory in the competitive rugby landscape.