Etienne Fynn has revealed why the Sharks opted against splitting their squad into two groups for the Currie Cup and Vodacom United Rugby Championship.
Fynn has been appointed as the Sharks’ Currie Cup coach, while Sean Everitt heads up their URC campaign and, with the two competitions overlapping, some teams have decided to split their squads.
But speaking to media on Monday ahead of the Sharks’ Currie Cup encounter with Griquas, Fynn said he and Everitt have made a joint decision to continue operating as one squad.
“It gives us access to the best URC and Currie Cup teams for as long as possible,” he said about the decision not to split the squad.
“Because we are staying together – not working as separate squads – we are able to field very competitive teams.”
With the URC taking greater prominence than the Currie Cup for the four big local franchises, many feel that the Currie Cup has lost its prestige.
But, according to Fynn, the Currie Cup is still South Africa’s premier competition and should be treated as such.
“Having played Currie Cup and watched many Currie Cup games as a youngster, it is still our premier domestic competition,” he said.
“As I said to the guys: ‘If you are not lus for this, you should not be playing rugby’.
“Everybody is very aware of the status of the Currie Cup and looking forward to putting out a good effort.”