Making a Club Presence

A number of Cell C Sharks players have been released to their clubs to turn out for this weekend's Fidelity Security Moor Cup fixtures following on from Director of Rugby Jake White's desire to strengthen club ties.

With Vodacom Super Rugby currently on a month-long break for the June Internationals, the players have had a fantastic opportunity to rest and rehab, but with the competition continuing for the final few rounds of the pool stages in a few weeks' time, game time for the players can only be a good thing.

And the clubs benefit by having high-profile players attracting support, while the rest of the club players feed off their knowledge of the game as well as their presence and energy.

In short, a win-win situation all-round and something Jake White alluded to earlier in the year about building the relationship between The Sharks and the local clubs.

Amanzimtoti, who joined the Premier Division this year, have enjoyed a great start to the season. Their squad will be bolstered by the presence of Tera Mtembu, Lourens Adriaanse (the pair is pictured) and Tyler Fisher, while Kyle Cooper and Keegan Daniel will turn out for College Rovers.

Durban Collegians welcome Francois Kleinhans while Crusaders will enjoy the talents of Tonderai Chavhanga out wide and Rhinos will no doubt call on the services of Wiehahn Hay and Danie Meinie.

Varsity College, currently midway on the table will be boosted in a big way by Franco Marais, Odwa Ndungane, Jacques Botes, Khewzi Mona and Khaya Majola.

The following players will be allowed to join their clubs from next week: Fred Zeilinga, Heimar Williams, SP Marais, Jean Deysel, Marco Wentzel, Tim Swiel and Ryan Kankowski

The fixtures take place on Friday evening (all 8pm kick-off):
College Rovers vs Crusaders (KP3)
Varsity College vs Amanzimtoti (RS)
UKZN Impi vs PMB Collegians (UM)
Durban Collegians vs Zululand Rhinos (KP10)

Michael Marnewick