Plumtree settles in at the Sharks

The Sharks began training last week, and new assistant coach, John Plumtree, has settled into his new job.

Plumtree played for the Sharks from 1988 to 1997, winning two Currie Cups with them, and has just returned from his native New Zealand, having coached the Wellington Lions to three NPC finals in four years.

Plumtree said it is “fantastic” to be back in Durban.

“I always had the intention of coaching the Sharks at some stage of my career and the Sharks have always held a special place in my heart,” Plumtree said on

Plumtree, a former flanker, will focus on the Sharks forward play, and the Sharks will be hoping he can continue his career successes in his new role with the Durban franchise.

The Sharks would also be keen to capitalize upon the young talent developed by their Academy system.

Players who have been handled by the Sharks youth system this year include Springbok Francois Steyn, who only left school last year, as well as another SA Rugby award-winner, Keegan Daniel. Other notable players include JP Pietersen, Bradley Barritt and Ryan Kankowski.

The Sharks have also recently signed rookie Lions scrumhalf,Ryan Kockott, who made his Currie Cup debut this year. The Sharks managed to secure his services despite the Bulls also offering him a Super 14 contract.

365 Digital

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