Newly appointed Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson has spoken of a desire for sustained success with his new team, and the role South African players would play in it, writes ANDRE-PIERRE CRONJE.
Ahead of tonight’s Currie Cup opener between the Sharks and Pumas in Durban, look back at the thrilling 2015 encounter between the sides, which featured a few future World Cup winners.
In this uncut clip from ‘Chasing the Sun’, Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk talks about his rugby journey, the South African rugby public and the criticism the team received for their kicking gameplan last year.
The three Du Preez brothers and captain Jono Ross are the only South Africans who have been included in the Sale Sharks’ match 23 for their clash with the Worcester Warriors on Wednesday.
Since making his Springbok debut in 2016, Faf de Klerk has shown the rugby world that taking names is not only reserved for the bigger players.
Take a look at the sneaky try scrumhalf Faf de Klerk scored for the Sale Sharks in their 27-19 Premiership Rugby Cup final win over Harlequins on Monday.
Check out these clips of overseas-based South African players who fired this past weekend, which included a drop goal from Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk.
Faf de Klerk and captain Jono Ross starred in the Sale Sharks’ 40-31 win over the Leicester Tigers, while there were also wins for Wasps, Bath and Gloucester in the English Premiership on Saturday.
The Saffa-laden Sale Sharks recorded an emphatic 40-7 bonus-point victory over the Bristol Bears in Eccles on Saturday.
The Sale Sharks have named eight South Africans in their starting lineup for Friday’s English Premiership match in London.