- Sharks loosehead prop Ox Nche couldn't hide his glee at World Cup-winning Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi bolstering the experience in their ranks.
- Kolisi completed his blockbuster move from Western Province to the Sharks last week.
- The Sharks are still licking their wounds following their close Currie Cup final defeat to the Bulls last month.
Buoyed by Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s arrival in Durban last week, the Sharks began training for their preparation matches starting against Griquas this Sunday, ahead of this year's Rainbow Cup.
Kolisi had his first hit-out with his new Sharks team-mates on Tuesday, about a week after completing his switch from Western Province.
Loosehead prop Ox Nche couldn’t hide his glee at the 29-year-old World Cup-winning skipper bolstering the experience in their ranks.
"It's a great thing that he’s here," Nche said.
"We have added another guy that has won the World Cup. It's a good experience and it gives guys a bit more experience so that even the youngsters coming through can learn a lot from him.
"He obviously wants to get better as a player with every tournament. Watching how he works ... his preparation will be vital for us.
"He has what it takes to play [Nos] 6, 7 or 8. We can make him hooker as well, if he doesn't mind," Nche quipped.
"It's a good learning experience for all of us."
The Sharks were given time off to replenish their mental and physical vitamins after the Currie Cup defeat to the Bulls at Loftus last month.
Though they are still licking their wounds from the close game, which went into extra time, Nche said the competition served as a good learning experience for the young squad.
"We obviously wanted to win the Currie Cup," Nche added.
"I wouldn't say I was happy but we saw it as having a lot of potential. There's a lot of growth that still needs to be done and that's what we are looking forward to.
"One thing I learnt about the Currie Cup was that we have the skill-set and the players to do what needs to be done.
"I feel like it's just a mindset thing. Guys need to make up their minds that we are going to dominate set-pieces.
"That's the only difference between us doing well and doing averagely."