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Bismarck du Plessis returns to the Cell C Sharks this weekend after serving a period of time away from the game, but, by his own noble request, will not be selected as captain for the match against the Highlanders.

“The situation is this,” explains Director of Rugby Gary Gold: “Bismarck has shown incredible humility about his personal situation over the past month and he feels that he just wants to get back into the Cell C Sharks team and make as big an impact as he can.

“It’s unbelievably noble of him to have this attitude. Marco Wentzel has done a good job and he will retain the captaincy.”

Gold admits how thoroughly impressed he has been with du Plessis’s attitude since returning to the side, saying, “He’s positive and eager to contribute to the success of the team and turning our fortunes around. He is committed to doing everything he can to make a constructive difference.

“We have been really impressed by Bismarck’s attitude, he’s come into the team, he wants to prove his worth and play well for The Sharks again. Relinquishing the captaincy is a move that has been driven by him, a commendable gesture to ensure continuity, and an act that has drawn great admiration from the coaching staff as well as players around him.

“Ultimately, he has chosen team over individual and this speaks volumes about the character of the player.”

Gold adds that with du Plessis wanting to play well, the coaching staff will back his selection to give him that opportunity.

He is an outstanding player and his influence on the field can never be underestimated. He is a leader and will only ever be seen as one in the Cell C Sharks set-up.

“As far as I’m concerned, what’s happened has happened, he’s paid the price and we must move on from the incident now.

“We cannot forget the massive contribution he has made to Sharks Rugby and will continue to make going forward.”

Courtesy of The Sharks

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