Kok and co greet Sharks

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Werner Kok, one of the Sharks’ backline stars, is one of 14 players who are bidding farewell to the union at the end of the season. This former Blitzbok will continue his rugby career with Ulster in Ireland.

The Sharks will also have to do without their Springboks, Amphiwe Dyantyi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Curwin Bosch.

Bosch is the French rugby club Brive’s latest acquisition.

The Durbanites have a difficult United Rugby Championship campaign behind them after finishing 14th in the standings.

John Plumtree, the Sharks’ coach, will want to put this disappointing championship behind him and build on the team’s momentum in the Challenge Cup.

Dyantyi is on his way to Pretoria after he was unable to get up the mast in the colors of the Sharks. The winger joined the KwaZulu-Natallers at the start of the season after being suspended for a few years for using banned substances.

With the number of highly rated young loose forwards at the Sharks, it is no surprise that Notshe’s contract was not renewed. He did not get much chance to play for Plumtree’s team due to injuries and he struggled with his level of play.

Fullback Boeta Chamberlain will also join the Bulls.

Le Roux Roets is also one of the players who will leave the union where he will henceforth play for the Sale Sharks with the Du Preez brothers, Jean-Luc and Daniel.

Meanwhile, Zee Mkhabela (scrum-half), Anthony Volmink (wing), Kerron van Vuuren (hooker), Murray Koster (centre) and Nevaldo Fleurs (fly-half/full-back) have not extended their contracts, while lock Simon Miller has been released after a trial period. at the Stormers.

Lionel Cronje, the veteran flyhalf, retires. However, he will join the Sharks’ coaching staff.

The Sharks had their annual awards function on Tuesday night. Kok was named the back player of the 2023-24 season and James Venter the forward, while Aphelele Fassi walked away with the top prize as the player of the year.