as declared in Cape Town – It is often difficult to know what to expect from the Sharks in Super Rugby and that is very much the case in 2017.
The Sharks started pre-season before any of the other South African Super Rugby sides and they have placed a major emphasis on fitness and conditioning ahead of the new season.
The flyhalf has played just 16 Super Rugby matches in the last 3 years and if the Sharks are to have any real success in 2017, their playmaker will need to stay fit.
MAJOR LOSSMarcell Coetzee barely featured for the Sharks last year because of injury but his departure to Ulster will hurt.
The Sharks did sign French fullback Clement Poitrenaud, but at 34-years-old how much of an impact he will make remains to be seen.
referring to His sudden retirement took the South African rugby community by surprise and now the Lions find a replacement for him in the No 7 jersey.
Cape Town – The Lions came so close to winning Super Rugby in 2016 – that decision to rest their first-choice team in the final group game of the season against the Jaguares proving crucial.
The draw for the Lions is actually easier this year given that they avoid the Kiwi sides in regular season.
That should technically make for an easier route to the play-offs but the Lions do have to contest with the Sharks and Jaguares in their conference.
MAJOR LOSSWarwick Tecklenburg was one of the most under-rated players in last year’s successful Lions side.
referring to Super Rugby season begins in Melbourne next Thursday, the kind of unlikely place and time that has given the competition a bad name and forced organisers to consider radical changes.
Sanzaar (South Africa New Zealand Argentina Australia Rugby) is restructuring the unwieldy and unpopular 18-team Super Rugby format.
Luckless Kings a dead franchise walkingIn 2016 the Kings franchise was hamstrung by a legal battle with former players who had not been paid.
What’s in store for the five South African teams?
Back in 2013 they made the Super Rugby playoffs as the good-news story of South African rugby but in the following three seasons they were never out of the bottom four on the combined log.
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