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Springbok skipper Kolisi on Sharks' radar following American takeover

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Siya Kolisi prior to the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Japan and South Africa at the Tokyo Stadium on 20 October 2019 (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
Siya Kolisi prior to the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Japan and South Africa at the Tokyo Stadium on 20 October 2019 (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
Hannah Peters

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, contracted to Western Province and the Stormers until after this year's British & Irish Lions tour, is on the radar of the Sharks

In a major development in the South African rugby landscape, it was announced on Thursday that American investors MVM Holdings had acquired a 51% stake of the Sharks

When initial negotiations between MVM, headed up by former Durbanite Marco Masotti, and Western Province fell through towards the end of last year, the Sharks entered the fray and under the leadership of CEO Eduard Coetzee wasted little time in getting the deal over the line. 

In a time of massive financial uncertainty given the impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic, the Sharks now have an established, committed and, most importantly, economically stable foundation. 

The Kolisi link, though, is that Michael Yormark - the head of Roc Nation Sports - is also a member of the MVM leadership. 

MVM's leadership also includes Vincent Mai, who hails from the Eastern Cape.

Kolisi, of course, joined Roc Nation Sports after the Rugby World Cup and he is one of the agency's biggest assets outside of the USA. 

In September last year, Sport24 revealed that Kolisi was a "threshold issue" in the potential deal between Western Province and MVM given his standing as one of the world's major sporting icons. 

In short, MVM only wanted Western Province if Kolisi was at the union and that is unlikely to change now that the Americans are looking to build their empire in Durban. 

Sport24 has further learnt that a Kolisi move to Kings Park is very much on the radar of the leadership in Durban.

Cheslin Kolbe is a member of Roc Nation, but he is currently contracted to Toulouse for another two season. 

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