Bismarck to captain Sharks' ship

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:49
Large bismarck   jannie du plessi Large john smit sharks jog Large bismarck du plessis shark2s

Bismarck du Plessis, the world's best hooker, has been named captain of the Sharks for the 2014 Super Rugby season.

Bismarck du Plessis, the world's best hooker, has been named captain of the Sharks for the 2014 Super Rugby season.

Jake White, the Director of Rugby, confirmed to this website that Du Plessis will lead the side - with Jean Deysel, Odwa Ndungane and Pat Lambie as the vice-captains.

"He will get support from those guys [Ndungane, Deysel and Lambie] as vice captains," White said, adding: "Let us not forget guys like Keegan Daniel, Jacques Botes and Frans Steyn - who have also captained the Sharks.

"There are a lot of guys here who has had the privilege of captaining sides and they will all assist him."

The 29-year-old Bok, Du Plessis, takes over the armband from Keegan Daniel and will get his first chance to lead the team in a pre-season friendly against English club Saracens at Allianz Park in London next Saturday.

Describing Du Plessis as "a freak" and one who "leads by example", White also revealed the role World Cup-winning former Bok captain John Smit, now CEO of the Sharks, played in the appointment.

White said his well-documented relationship with Smit, as coach and captain of a Bok team that won the 2007 World Cup, is some that will help him at the Sharks.

"It is already helping, like in the naming of the captain," White told this website in an interview after naming Du Plessis as skipper.

"[I've had] a lot of debate with a guy that I trust, like John Smit, and a lot of work will happen behind the scenes.

"Like I have said to Bismarck, he has one of the best mentors he can have, two floors above him. He [Du Plessis] can just walk up to John's office and talk to him about things he wants to know about captaincy.

"It is not only I that get out of [benefit from] this relationship with John, there are a lot of people in this organisation that are very happy they have a guy like John involved in the franchise."

He admitted that Du Plessis's appointment was run past the Sharks boss.

"I will always ask John, he is my CEO and will always value it [his input]," White said.

"It is just the relationship I have with John - he is the most successful captain South Africa has ever had and there is no-one better to talk to about the way I think as a coach.

It is fantastic for me and it is also fantastic for the players.

"Bismarck has made it clear he would really like to meet John now and then to ask questions about certain things."

White described Du Plessis "a winner" and "one of the best players in the world", he said the 57-Test hooker selects himself into every team.

"You never have to worry about his merits, he selects himself," the Sharks Director of Rugby said, adding: "More importantly, for Bismarck, is that he has the respect of the players.

"The players will follow him. They know that he doesn't take any shortcuts and it is always nice when you have a captain that runs in front."

By Jan de Koning

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 25 September 2016
Leicester Tigers v Bath 14h00 Welford Road
Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Argentina v New Zealand 17h10 Ascoli Piceno
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9