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Sharks continue signing spree, snap up another Lions star

Sharks continue signing spree, snap up another Lions star

Just days after the official confirmation that former Bok centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Lions loose forward Vincent Tshituka will be heading to Kings Park, the Sharks have also announced the signing of “powerful scrummager” Carlu Sadie.

The Sharks confirmed that the burly prop would be joining the team on a two-year deal, adding all-important depth to their stocks at tighthead prop.

Meanwhile, Tshituka will add further depth to the Sharks’ already impressive loose-forward stocks, and is sure to learn plenty from fellow flanker Siya Kolisi.

Last Wednesday, the Sharks announced on their social media pages that Janse van Rensburg is also on his way to Durban.

This announcement came hot on the heels of confirmation earlier this season that Eben Etzebeth is also heading for KwaZulu-Natal as the Sharks continue to build a truly world-class squad of high-quality players.

The six-foot, 109kg, Janse van Rensburg is seen as a missing piece in the puzzle for the Sharks, with the 27-year-old set to offer the kind of muscle in midfield that has been missing since Andre Esterhuizen departed the union for Harlequins in England.

“I played with Rohan for a while and he is a fantastic player,” assistant coach Warren Whiteley commented. “It’s great to see his development and the good rugby he plays,” the 23-capped former Bok skipper told Netwerk24.

“We are very excited to have him here and we look forward to the impact he will make here. He is athletic and has a lot of explosive power. It will be nice to see him in South African rugby again.

“You want him [Janse van Rensburg] to have the ball in his hand as much as possible. He pulls defenders and it usually takes more than one to pull him flat because he is so powerful.”


Recently, Etzebeth revealed why he was looking forward to returning to South Africa from France, where he has been playing for Toulon. Considering that the towering lock is now 30-years-old, he could quite possibly come to the end of his career at the Durban-based franchise should he see out the full five years of his contract.

The Sharks in fact now have seven World Cup winners on their pay roll: Siya Kolisi, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Bongi Mbonambi, Sbu Nkosi, Thomas du Toit and Etzebeth.

It’s all part of a bold vision that the Sharks hope will eventually see them become one of the most successful global rugby clubs, with a target having already been set to win the Champions Cup in the coming years.

However, it’s worth noting that Sharks supporters will need to be quite patient as they prepare for the first matchday experience of seeing Etzebeth in the black and white colours of the coastal side.

As it is, the World Cup winner is only set to “join” the Sharks in July after the conclusion of the European season.

The Springboks’ Test schedule obviously also gets underway in July with three Tests against Wales, while the national team will then head straight into preparation for the Rugby Championship that will run over August and September.

Realistically, it means that Etzebeth is then only likely to make his Sharks debut towards the end of this year, which will in all likelihood be during the start of the second season of the United Rugby Championship.




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