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Cell C SharksBismarck du PlessisCell C Sharks Director of Rugby, Jake White, on Thursday announced that Springbok hooker, Bismarck du Plessis, will captain the Cell C Sharks in 2014.

Regarded as one of the best hookers in the world, Bismarck has been colossal figure for the Cell C Sharks over the years. With 103 Vodacom Super Rugby appearances to his name, he is a player who leads by example and is well respected by the team.

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SharksThis is the fourth article in the series of Cell C Sharks Squad Contenders for Super Rugby 2014. We do 2 articles per week per South African Super Rugby participating franchise.

We discuss the players IN the Super Rugby Group, and not all the options beyond that.

In this Article we look at the contenders for LOOSE FORWARDS in the Cell C Sharks 2014 Super Rugby group, and whether they could force their way into Bok contention.

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sharksCoach John Plumtree has opted for continuity and kept the exact same squad of 22 players for their encounter with the Stormers in Durban on Saturday. In the only change within that squad, strongman Jean Deysel will be  starting this week with Jacques Botes moving to the bench.

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SharksIn this Article we look at the contenders for LOOSE FORWARDS at the Sharks 2013 Super Rugby group.

Loose Forward is a set of 3 positions where the Sharks have abundance of, but much will depend on the coaching staff’s game plans and which combinations to use accordingly and as we have seen with John Plumtree, you could very well see someone like Willem Alberts playing a game or two at lock.

But before I continue, let me get this out of the way first! The biggest problem at the Sharks at Loose Forward is the lack of a FETCHER and as many great Loose Forwards that they have, not having a fetcher is that one huge weakness. All one has to do is look back at the Currie Cup Final of 2012 and see how it hurt them as a team, specially with Bismarck du Plessis being out injured, because it is common knowledge that Bismarck du Plessis fulfills that role for the Sharks.

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As the cold of Winter starts to really be felt on the Highveld, Lions Rugby have started a drive to collect blankets for those souls less fortunate than those of us here on Rugby Talk.

The collection will take place in earnest at the Lions – Sharks match this weekend.

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  • MacroBull 23 Apr 2014, 10:46 SAST - Geez I don't know... kept the ball in hand, played most of the time in their own half and didn't...
  • nortierd 23 Apr 2014, 10:13 SAST - @Hondo Kak story Did you not dee the forward pass try he awarded to the Cheetahs against the Chiefs? He...
  • Hondo 23 Apr 2014, 09:28 SAST - The Bulls will have a Neutral referee, The Sharks will have Peyper, the Stormers have landed Joubert! :) How convenient...
  • Hondo 23 Apr 2014, 09:20 SAST - So the Old Firm of AC & Wakefield unearth yet another b. diamond? ;) A midget in all likelihood; 70kg...
  • nortierd 23 Apr 2014, 07:30 SAST - @Superbul True, it's the same when they say the Bulls or Stormers etc have 12 Boks in their team, but...
  • superBul 23 Apr 2014, 01:04 SAST - another comment "97 Springboks?!?!? How big is the squad? Rather compare active Springboks only and then look at the numbers"


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