Sep 27, 2020

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The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) is taking their hugely successful #RugbyUnites initiative up a notch this weekend. South Africa’s top Super Rugby franchises are coming together on Sunday, 27th September for the biggest #RugbyUnites charity shop yet, at Checkers, Loftus Park in Pretoria. Since its launch in May this year, #RugbyUnites – in partnership with SARLA’s headline sponsor Cell C – has seen over 100,000 food parcels purchased, packed and distributed to people
The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) is hosting their third webinar in aid of the #RugbyUnites initiative. #RugbyUnites has brought major rugby unions and former players, coaches and administrators together off the field, to pitch in by packing food parcels for charities throughout South Africa. In excess of 10,000 food parcels have been packed in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Durban so far. Episode 3 is getting fast and furious as

Sharks Take Long Term View – Part 3

Posted by Shana Devitt on  Sep 4, 2020
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In the final of the series profiling local schools that have produced the kind of players that The Sharks are backing for long term success, we feature Durban High School. This Musgrave school has left an indelible mark as part of Durban’s educational and sporting history and has consistently been a top school in the city since it opened its doors in 1866, welcoming the initial intake of the grand total of seven pupils. Former
Fixtures for the 2020 SuperRugby Zans Afrika competition commence on the 10th of October with the finals being played on the 23rd of January, 2021. The seven unions that are competing are the following: Sharks, Lions, Bulls, Cheetahs, Griquas, Pumas and Stormers.10th October:Cheetahs vs PumasSharks vs LionsBulls vs Griquas17th October:Cheetahs vs BullsGriquas vs PumasStormers vs Lions24th October:Lions vs CheetahsBulls vs SharksPumas vs Stormers31st October:Bulls vs StormersLions vs GriquasPumas vs Sharks7th November:Sharks vs CheetahsLions vs BullsGriquas
The three schools profiled in today’s article feature Westville Boys’ High, Maritzburg College and Kearsney College. Both of the Durban-based schools have fairly strong ties to The Sharks, with the potent midfield pairing of Brad Barritt and Waylon Murray during the mid to decade of the 2000s. Barritt hails from Kearsney and has gone on to captain Saracens in the UK as well as featuring for the England national side, while Murray has returned to
The Sharks have thrown their support behind a number of talented former schoolboy stars by contracting a number of junior players for the foreseeable future. The advent of professionalism in rugby – particularly in the northern hemisphere has often led to the signing of high profile international stars in a bid to build a champion side. For The Sharks, however, success over the last couple of years at both junior and senior level, means the
Forwards:  Rynard Mouton (Monument – Lions), Adolph Visser (Affies – BB), Gerhard van der Merwe (Garsfontein – BB), Hardus Rothman (Garsfontein – BB), Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Grey College – FS), Byron Marx (Garsfontein – BB), Cameron Hanekom (Paarl Boys – WP), George Oosthuizen (Affies – BB),  Keagan Potgieter (Affies – BB), Marco de Witt (Boland Landbou – BB), Nazier Nizaar (Wynberg Boys – WP) , Nolan Pienaar (Menlopark – BB), Raynard Roets (Garsfontein – BB), Reinhard Ludwig
Springbok Women’s captain Babalwa Latsha, who hails from Khayelitsha in Cape Town,  made history when she became the first African women’s rugby player to turn professional in January 2020. Awarded South Africa Rugby Women’s Top Achiever in 2017, the prop has captained her country since 2019. In 2020, after becoming the first African women’s rugby player to turn professional upon joining Spain’s Eibar Rugby Taldea in January, Latsha would go on to score 13 tries