Sharks

Sharks

Rugby

Established in

1995

Location

Durban, South Africa

Club History

The Cell C Sharks are a South African rugby union team competing in the Super Rugby competition (Super 10, 1993–95; Super 12, 1996 – 2005; Super 14, 2006–10; Super Rugby 2011–present ). They are based in Durban and centred on the Sharks union, also based in Durban and drawing players from all of KwaZulu-Natal Province.

In 1993–1995 South Africa was represented in the Super 10 by their three top unions (top three teams from the previous years Currie Cup). Natal (as they were called then) qualified in 1993 and 1994. Natal were runners-up in 1994 after having lost to Queensland 21-10 in the final. In 1996 and 1997 South Africa was represented in the Super 12 by their four top unions rather than franchises, and Natal qualified and competed both years. They have never won any of the Super Rugby competition, but have reached the final four times, as Natal in 1996 and as the Sharks in 2001, 2007 and 2012.

The side contains many Springbok players, including Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, JP Pietersen, Jean Deysel, Coenie Oosthuizen and Patrick Lambie.[needs update] They have also featured many international stars including France international Frédéric Michalak. In 2010, they were slated to feature Argentine star Juan Martín Hernández, but he was ruled out for the season with a back injury. In 2017 they recruited France’s Clément Poitrenaud. [importance?]

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Champion

Super Rugby

2016 Quarterfinalist
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