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Am remains Sharks captain

───   MORGAN PIEK 08:20 Thu, 18 Feb 2021

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The World Cup-winning Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, will not be taking over the captaincy of the Sharks. On Wednesday morning the flanker was unveiled as a Sharks player, bringing to an end one of the worst kept secrets in South African rugby.

Kolisi’s fellow World Cup winner, Lukhanyo Am, is currently the captain of the Sharks, and there were questions as to whom would lead the team.

Sharks CEO, Eduard Coetzee, said that they don’t want to burden Kolisi with the leadership role.

“Siya led the country to World Cup victory, so yes we see him as a leader.

“But are we going to make him Sharks captain? Not at the moment. Lukhanyo Am will still be Sharks captain.

“The reason for that is, we want to create an environment for Siya to thrive and we want that with the least amount of pressure possible.

“The fact that Lukhanyo has done an unbelievable job makes that argument a lot stronger.

“My discussion with Siya was that he must come here and we treat him unbelievably well like we do with all our players.

“We love to treat our players well because, if you do that, you get good results. For Siya to have added pressure is not going to help him.

“Selfishly, it would have been a great thing for the Sharks to make him captain but in his best interest, and Lukhanyo, who is a great captain, to keep Lukhanyo as captain.”

Kolisi spent 11 years at the Western Province and the Stormers before making the move to Durban.


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