Sharks give Perez a lifeline

2014-11-19 00:00

THE Sharks started their preparations for the 2015 Super Rugby season this week when they returned to the training fields on Monday.

With many of their players still on national duty with the Springboks up north, its back to building foundations for next year’s season.

A new season is always accompanied by some new faces. Alongside a new director of rugby in Gary Gold, the Sharks confirmed last month that Brendan Venter would be consulting, while Brad Macleod-Henderson, Paul Anthony and Sean Everitt will assist Gold.

Another coach joined the ranks this week. Sharks CEO John Smit confirmed that Michael Horak has come aboard as a defensive and kicking coach.

Meanwhile, the Sharks welcomed a new player from the EP Kings, where Horak was coaching.

Horak enjoyed an illustrious playing career in both rugby league and union from the late nineties up until 2010. He represented Perth Reds in Australia before playing for the South African national league team.

He switched back to rugby union in 1997 and played for Leicester Tigers, Bristol, Treviso, Saracens and London Irish over the next 12 years. Horak also earned a solitary cap for England against Argentina in 2002.

He moved into coaching in 2010.

Samoan wing Paul Perez had his contract with the EP Kings terminated after allegedly disappearing for two days last week.

Reports suggest that his contract termination upon his return was in line with Department of Home Affairs regulations.

Luckily, Perez has been given a lifeline by the Sharks, who said on their website: “With regard to Paul Perez who arrived for the first time this morning after his contract with the EP Kings was terminated, he has joined us to see if there is a future for him at the Sharks.”

Perez has played rugby for New Zealand club side Taranaki and earned national honours, having played for both the Samoan sevens and international side.

“A new season is always accompanied by some new faces.”

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