Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has named Phepsi Buthelezi captain for upcoming Currie Cup campaign

The Currie Cup kicks off this Saturday with the Sharks in action with an away clash against Griquas at Kimberley.

The exciting eighth Buthelezi will lead the Sharks in national competition and despite his relative youth; however, he is no stranger to leadership roles and has led teams through every stage of his promising career.

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Buthelezi was born in northern KwaZulu-Natal and completed his studies at DHS where he captained the 1st XV before joining the Sharks at the Under-19 level where he really excelled.

Everitt coached Buthelezi in the Under-19 setup and has played a big part in his growth and as a player and leader since joining the Sharks in 2014.

The duo proved to be an inspired partnership when the Sharks Under 19 won the SA Rugby Under 19 Championship in 2018. The Junior Sharks went undefeated all season before defeating the Blue Bulls 40-27 in the final; Durban’s men might hope this bodes well for the senior squad’s immediate future as they look to break the Bulls’ recent dominance.

With the loss of a large group of senior players to the Springbok cause, the Sharks team campaigning in the Currie Cup will provide the perfect opportunity to grow and develop not only the contingent of players, but the team as well. leadership group.

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“As a proven and born leader, Buthelezi has also been captain of the KZN Craven Week team, SA Schools and SA Under 20s and is now adding provincial leadership roles to his growing and brilliant resume,” it reads. a Sharks press release.

“He is a respected leader among his teammates and a player who never gives less than everything. His effort and performance against the Bulls last Saturday at Kings Park was the makings of man of the match proportions and his exemplary style is reminiscent of fellow Sharks eighth and former captain Gary Teichmann.

“Despite his relative youth, while commanding respect for the youngsters on the team, many of whom he played with at the junior level, his senior teammates also hold him in high regard.

“These senior players, seasoned activists like Jeremy Ward and Henco Venter who also served as Sharks captains, will provide experience and calm heads and offer support and guidance in his role as captain.”

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This notice was published: 2021-06-16 17:41:00


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