Sharks appear resigned to losing Alberts to France

The Sharks appear to be resigned to losing Springbok flanker Willem Alberts after the Rugby World Cup given the comments over the weekend by Director of Rugby Gary Gold.

Durban Super Rugby franchise the Sharks lost 33-18 to the Waratahs but their new signing Jacques Potgieterwho plays for the Waratahs had to sit out due to injury.

When Gold was asked about Potgieter in Sydney over the weekend the director of rugby confirmed that they had signed the powerhouse flanker to cover for a player that was leaving.

“We think one or two of our players are going to move after the World Cup and Jacques is a big character, a strong ball-carrier and hard-hitting defender,” Gold told the Citizen.

“We hope he has the same impact for us as he has had for the Waratahs. His aspiration is to play more for the Springboks and he’s not going to achieve that if he’s not based in South Africa,” Gold said.

Alberts has yet to reveal where he will be playing after the Rugby World Cup but a leading French agent says that he has signed for Stade Francais and Midi Olympique have also linked him with the club.

Sharks front-rowers Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis have also been strongly linked with moves to France.

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