Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Super Rugby 2014 / News
Super Rugby
Bismarck du Plessis named Sharks captain
ESPN Staff
January 17, 2014
Jake White believes Springboks hooker Bismarck du Plessis is the best rake in the world © Getty Images

Bismarck du Plessis will captain the Sharks in 2014, Jake White replacing Keegan Daniel with "the best hooker in the world" because he wants "a fresh start" for the Super Rugby season. The Sharks coach explained his decision by describing du Plessis as "a winner" and a "rare breed" for his record of having won three world cups - under-19, under-21 and senior - before the age of 24.

"It would be understandable if Keegan was disappointed and he has done a good job as captain of the Sharks in the past, but it is about the team, not the individual," White said at a press conference in Durban. "And after a lot of consultation I have decided that Bismarck is the man to take us forward as captain, with Odwa Ndungane, Jean Deysel and Pat Lambie backing him up as vice-captains.

"If Bismarck is unavailable for a match for some reason, one of those three will step in to lead the side in his place. The one thing that Bismarck does bring is that he is a winner. He won the under-19 and under-21 world cups when he was a junior, and, of course, he has also been involved in a successful World Cup at senior level as well as winning Currie Cup campaigns.

"There will also be some new guys in the squad that will be announced in the next few weeks, and having Bismarck there, who I have worked with before, will be a big help."

White denied that du Plessis' disciplinary record was a cause of concern, or that the captaincy was "a trade-off for him having to do anything differently".

"Bismarck never had any disciplinary problems when I worked with him before," White said.

"What I am hoping is that the captaincy will upskill him in those areas where he is weak. Bismarck knows his areas of weakness and what he has to work on, and has a great mentor in John Smit, who is based in the stadium and will always be available to give him advice both as a hooker and as a captain."

White, meanwhile, confirmed that he would select Patrick Lambie exclusively as a fly-half, and that the Springboks star would not be played at fullback. He also said that Frans Steyn would play at inside centre.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

    Jones: We can thrive with Van Gaal's tactics

    Phil Jones believes Manchester United can thrive with new manager Louis van Gaal's three centre-back system

  • Cricket

    Jadeja fined for Anderson incident

    Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 percent of his match fees after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident with England's James Anderson during the first Test at Trent Bridge

  • Rugby

    Pierre relieved after surviving machete attack

    The three Clermont Auvergne players who were on the victims of a machete attack last weekend will sit out the start of the Top 14 season but are also speaking of how lucky they were to avoid serious injury

  • Rugby

    Fears over sustainability of Asian Super Rugby franchise

    The chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Union Trevor Gregory fears a Super Rugby franchise in Asia will struggle to be sustainable without substantial financial support

  • Athletics

    Games hit by Welsh doping charge

    Wales athletics captain Rhys Williams has been kicked out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and handed a mandatory provisional suspension from all competition after breaching anti-doping rules

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!