Sharks Super rugby head coach Sean Everitt has confirmed that Springbok centre, Lukhanyo Am will captain the Durban team for the 2020 Super Rugby competition.
The 26-year-old started his rugby at Border before his career took off with the Southern Kings in 2016. Later that year he made the move north to Durban and hasn’t looked back.
Reacting to his appointment, Lukhanyo said: “It is a huge honour and privilege to be chosen to lead this team of brothers. We have an exciting new squad of players and management, who are eager to make their mark and to see us grow as a group. We will all be working together with positivity and eagerness, making sure the team always comes first.”
As a senior Sharks player and a World Cup-winning Springbok, he brings strong leadership qualities to the role and is someone that the players look up to because he has both played and achieved at the highest level, particularly for a new team looking for role models.
Although not an outspoken person by nature, his quiet confidence instils a sense of calm and assuredness in those around him and his talent on the field motivates others to perform at a high level.
Because he leads by example, his team-mates will naturally rally around him, will be inspired by his actions and will follow his lead.
Commenting on Lukhanyo’ s appointment, Head Coach Sean Everitt said: “Lukhanyo brings a winning culture to the Sharks. He has an enormous presence in the team and is a brilliant rugby player.
“I respect his commitment and dedication to the Sharks and I have no doubt that his captaincy role will inspire the young players around him to give off their best.”
“Lukhanyo will be ably assisted by a group of co-leaders who will provide valuable input and support in key areas of the Sharks game, added Everitt.
“Scrumhalf Louis Schreuder, himself no stranger to a leadership role, will assist with game management, while Andre Esterhuizen will provide defensive support, with another World Cup winner in Makazole Mapimpi managing our transition and Curwin Bosch assisting with our attack. From a forward perspective, Thomas du Toit will assist with set-piece feedback.”
With less than two weeks to go to the start of the tournament, Coach Everitt has also announced his 45-man squad who will do duty during the Sharks 2020 campaign.
Sharks 2020 Super Rugby Squad
Andisa Ntsila, Celimpilo Gumede, Craig Burden, Dylan Richardson, Emile van Heerden, Evan Roos, Fezokuhle Mbatha, Henco Venter, Hyron Andrews, James Venter, JJ van der Mescht, John-Hubert Meyer, Jordan Sesink-Clee, Juan Schoeman, Kerron van Vuuren, Khutha Mchunu, Le Roux Roets, Lubabalo (Tera) Mtembu, Michael Kumbirai, Mzamo Majola, Ox Nche, Phendulani (Phepsi) Buthelezi, Ruben van Heerden, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Thomas du Toit, Tyler Paul.
Andre Esterhuizen, Aphelele Fassi, Cameron Wright, Curwin Bosch, Grant Williams, Henry (Boeta) Chamberlain, Jeremy Ward, Jordan Chait, JP Pietersen, Louis Schreuder, Lukhanyo Am (captain), Lwazi Mvovo, Madosh Tambwe, Makazole Mapimpi, Marius Louw, Murray Koster, Sanele Nohamba, Sibusiso Nkosi, Thaakir Abrahams.