Keegan Daniel to captain Sharks in Currie Cup

Sharks loose forward Keegan Daniel has been given the Sharks captaincy for the 2011 Currie Cup campaign with Stefan Terblanche as his deputy.

Daniel made his debut for the Sharks in 2006 as a Sharks Academy student and has gone on to represent the team in 132 matches and having captained the team before on the odd occasion as stand-in, this season he gets the opportunity to lead the team in defence of their title.

“We’ve had an opportunity to make a change in the leadership with a lot of experience going out of the team and I’m giving Keegan the opportunity to stamp his mark on the team and our franchise,” explained coach John Plumtree on the Sharks website.

Daniel said that it would be an honour to lead the Sharks as they attempt to defend their Currie Cup title.

“It’s really exciting and when I got a taste of captaincy in a game in the Currie Cup last year, I thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility.

“I’ve also been very blessed to play under great leaders like Johann Muller, Stefan and John Smit, they’ve been mentors in my life and being close to them has helped me develop and grow not only my game but my mental maturity as well.”

“This is a young group and the faster we can come together and understand what kind of game we’re trying to play and the guys understand each other more, the better it’s going to be for us in the long run.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s Currie Cup opener, against the Blue Bulls, he said that it was going to be an exciting start to his young team.

“We all remember a few weeks ago when we had to go up there and do a job and we expect that the occasion will be just as big. “

“The Blue Bulls have been playing a particular style of rugby for a number of years and we know what to expect from them. It’s always a great game when the two sides meet, it’s really physical and they also have a young side themselves, so it’s going to be interesting to see.

“I’m excited for our youngsters and for the team to come together and put out a great performance in the first week of the Currie Cup.”

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