Waratahs star Potgieter to play for Sharks

Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter is set to return to South Africa and play Super Rugby for the Sharks in 2015.

Potgieter or JacPot as some of his fans in Sydney call him has decided to return to South Africa and has signed a two year contract with the Sharks.

Australian teams are allowed to sign marquee players and can apply for an extension on the condition that there is no impact on the development of local players.

The Waratahs were keen to follow the Rebels in extending Gareth Delve, the Force in resigning Alby Mathewson in retaining Potgieter.

Potgieter has been weighing up staying and going but he has recently informed the Waratahs that he wants to return to South Africa with his partner to be closer to his family.

Potgieter is no stranger to the Sharks, having played his junior rugby in Durban. Over the last few years he has made steady progress up the ranks with his sheer physical presence and explosiveness, which resulted in a Springbok call-up in 2012.

In 2014, he was instrumental in the Waratahs victorious Super Rugby campaign.

Confirming his signing, The Sharks CEO John Smit said,”Jacques is a great acquisition for the Sharks. He has been hugely impressive for the Waratahs and will add significant value and depth to our loose trio.

“We look forward to welcoming him back to Durban.”

Jacques Potgieter added, “I am really looking forward to joining the Sharks. This is the place where I played all my junior rugby and where everything started for me.

“I have great memories of my time in Durban and I am keen to contribute to the team’s ambitions in 2016.”

Potgieter will officially join the Sharks in early 2016 for the Super Rugby tournament.

Waratahs CEO Greg Harris confirmed to Fox that Potgieter will not play Super Rugby again for the Waratahs next season.

“We did have discussions whether or not we would apply for an extension but there are some personal matters and family considerations that were ultimately a priority for Jacques,” Harris said.

“After a lot of thought he decided he had family obligations back home that he wanted to fulfil.”

Harris praised Potgieter for his character and influence on the Waratahs,”You couldn’t ask for a better bloke.”

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