Sharks - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Black with White trim Shorts: Black with White trim Socks: Black
Home Ground: ABSA Stadium, Durban
The Sharks were formed in 1996. The current franchise represents the South African Rugby Regions of Natal Sharks & KwaZulu-Natal Province.
The 2019 head coach is Robert du Preez. His assistants are Ricardo Laubscher, Jaco Pienaar, Broom van Straaten & David Williams.
The 2019 squad is:
Forwards: Hyron Andrews; Ruan Botha; Phendulani Buthelezi; Cullen Collopy; Keegan Daniel; Jean Droste; Daniel du Preez; Jean-Luc du Preez; Thomas du Toit; Ross Geldenhuys; Gideon Koegelenberg; Stephan Lewies; Franco Marais; Fezokhule Mbatha; Khuthuzani Mchunu; John-Hubert Meyer; Tendai Mtawarira; Tera Mtembu; Coenie Oosthuizen; Tyler Paul; Chiliboy Ralapele; Dylan Richardson; Juan Schoeman; Luke Stringer; Akker van der Merwe; JJ van der Mescht; Philip van der Walt; Ruben van Heerden; Kerran van Vuuren; Jacques Vermuelen; Wian Vosloo.
Backs: Lukhango Am; Garth April; Curwin Bosch; Triston Blewett; Michael Claassens; Johan Deysel; Robert du Preez; Andre Esterhuizen; Aphelele Fassi; Marius Louw; Mzamo Majola; Makazole Mapimpi; Mthokozisi Mkhabela; Lwazi Mvovo; Sibilsiso Nkosi; Louis Schreuder (C); Rhyno Smith; Kobus van Wyk; Jeremy Ward; Grant Williams; Courtney Winnaar; Cameron Wright; Leolin Zas.
They play 8 Home games against: Blues; Stormers; Rebels; Bulls; Jaquares; Reds; Lions; Hurricanes.
They play 8 Away games against: Sunwolves; Bulls; Lions; Waratahs; Crusaders; Chiefs; Jaquares; Stormers.
They finished in 8th position at the end of the 2018 round-robin stages losing in a quarter final.
They have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages of the Super competition 11 times out of 23 years.
In the play-offs they have featured in 4 finals losing to the Blues in 1996, the Brumbies in 2001, the Bulls in 2007 & the Chiefs in 2012.
Their average finishing position is 6.70
They are 7th= on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$26.00