Currie Cup

Everitt doesn't rule out Kolisi Sharks move, if there's squad space

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Stormers captain Siya Kolisi breaks free from Andre Warner of the Lions to score a try during the SuperFan Saturday match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on 26 September 2020.
Stormers captain Siya Kolisi breaks free from Andre Warner of the Lions to score a try during the SuperFan Saturday match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on 26 September 2020.
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  • Sharks head coach Sean Everitt said they would welcome someone of Siya Kolisi's calibre, if there was space in the squad for the flank.
  • Rugby is buzzing about the possibility of the Bok captain switching allegiances between WP and Sharks, who meet in the Currie Cup semis.
  • Everitt, however, emphasised that there was no need for their players to feel insecure about their place in the team.

While the Sharks are preparing to face Western Province in the Currie Cup semi-finals at Newlands next weekend, rugby is buzzing about the possibility of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi switching allegiances between the two teams.

This came after news broke last week that MVM Holdings bought a controlling stake of the Sharks.

The US consortium has in its ranks Michael Yormark, president of Roc Nation Sports, who represent the Province skipper and 2019 World Cup-winning captain.

READ | Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee reveals more details around the American takeover

Sharks head coach Sean Everitt was also asked to address the elephant in the room during a press conference this week, where he tried to reassure his players that there was no need to feel insecure about their place at Kings Park.

"Our CEO Eduard Coetzee addressed the squad with regards to that," he said.

"All players will, obviously, be concerned when there's new ownership taking over.

"[But] our players are all currently under contract and there is no need for them at this stage to feel insecure."

In an interview with Sport24, Coetzee also spoke on the Kolisi matter, promising no squad overhauls despite rumours linking not only Kolisi but hooker Bongi Mbonambi and World Rugby Player-of-the-Year Pieter-Steph du Toit with moves to the east coast.

Coetzee, however, didn't flat out rule a move for Kolisi out and neither did Everitt.

The latter said a player of Kolisi's calibre, who has 50 Test caps to his name, would always be welcome at the Shark Tank should the opportunity arise.

"Until those contracts land on our table, we can't comment on that," said Everitt.

"At the end of the day, any player of that calibre, regardless of who it is, is certainly someone we’d look at and welcome if there was space for him.

"We've got a large number of loose forwards at the Sharks at the moment and, if there's a need for Siya to come here, yes we'll gladly accept him."

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