Sharks Super Rugby head coach Robert du Preez has revealed a number of new signings and a provisional pre-season training squad for the 2017 season.
The Sharks have signed former France fullback Clement Poitrenaud on a one year contract as well as five other new players for the Durban franchise.
“The new players who have joined us will ensure that we have much needed depth in certain positions,” said du Preez on the new signings.
“We welcome them to our family and we look forward to their positive contributions going forward.
“Clement Poitrenaud brings with him a wealth of experience at both international and club level. He is a good acquisition for us and he will provide great mentorship and be a calming influence on the young and exciting, fullbacks in our team, who are relatively inexperienced.”
Sharks new signings
Clement Poitrenaud Fullback Toulouse, France 1 year
Enoch Mnyaka Tighthead Prop EP Kings 2 years
Jacques Vermeulen Loose-Forward Stormers 3 years
Jeremy Ward Centre Southern Kings 2 years
Johan Deysel Centre Namibia/Leopards 2 years
Kobus van Wyk Centre Stormers 3 years
Du Preez added:“We have a young and exciting team who are building for the future. It’s a key focus area for us to retain the young talent in our squad,which will create continuity and stability with our vision going forward.
“With this in mind, I am delighted to announce the names of the following players,who have shown their commitment to the team and our jersey by signing contract extensions.”
A number of Sharks players have also re-signed with the club and they are as follows:
Andre Esterhuizen 2 years
Benhard Janse van Rensburg 2 years
Curwin Bosch 2 years
Franco Marais 2 years
Hyron Andrews 3 years
Jean Droste 2 years
John-Hubert Meyer 2 years
Marius Louw 2 years
Mzamo Majola 3 years
Neil Maritz 2 years
Odwa Ndungane 1 year
Rhyno Smith 2 years
Ruan Gouws 1 year
Sibusiso Nkosi 3 years
Stephan Lewies 2 years
Thomas du Toit 3 years
Tristan Blewett 2 years
Wandile Mjekevu and Neil Maritz will be joining the Southern Kings on loan for Super Rugby 2017.
In addition to the Sharks new signings and re-signings star players such as Beast Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Keegan Daniel, Lourens Adriaanse, Lwazi Mvovo and Patrick Lambie will add plenty of experience to this exciting squad.
In naming his provisional squad, du Preez said: “Our squad officially assembled today to start pre-season training. A structured pre-season programme has been drawn-up to ensure that our players’ fitness and skill set is right up there, once the tournament commences.”
Sharks training squad
Benhard Janse van Rensburg
Daniel du Preez
Kobus van Wyk
Jean-Luc du Preez
Khaya Majola Rowan Gouws
Philip van der Walt
Thomas du Toit