The Sharks will be competing in the URC and the Currie Cup concurrently requiring separate coaching teams for each competition. Etienne Fynn has been appointed as head coach for the Currie Cup assisted by JP Pietersen. The team of specialist coaches (Warren Whiteley (lineouts), Phiwe Nomlomo (off-the-ball and skills), John McFarland (defence) and Aksventi Giorgadze (scrums)) will be shared between teams as needed.
It will be interesting how the Sharks manage the extended squad for both these competitions. This will be a much more competitive Currie Cup as the 4 URC franchises will be stretched for depth having to put out pretty much two match day squads in most weeks.
Up to the end of February SA rugby will be a very local affair before the Sharks (hopefully) start playing overseas teams again.(more…)