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Am to retain captaincy

of the Cell C Sharks despite the arrival of his national captain.


Springbok 13, Lukhanyo Am is set to retain his position as captain of the Cell C Sharks despite the arrival of his national captain, Siya Kolisi in Durban. This was confirmed by Sharks CEO, Eduard Coetzee in an interview.

“As a leader, Siya chooses himself. We know he’s the best leader in world rugby and he led the country to the World Cup. So yes, it would be easy to make him captain,” Coetzee said on Wednesday at the Sharks’ official unveiling of Kolisi.

Coetzee however going on to confirm Am would remain in charge. Lukhanyo Am was named Sharks captain for the 2020 season of Super Rugby which was unfortunately cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time the season was put on hold, the Sharks were atop the overall log and leading the Crusaders in second by 4 points. The Sharks were looking strong under his leadership and its a good move for squad unity that continued faith be shown in their home grown leader.


Kolisi’s addition will inevitably add to the leadership structures of the team, and the young player base will gain hugely from his experience. Kolisi will play a supporting roll to Am with other players such as Curwin Bosch, Thomas “The Tank” du Toit and Ox Nche adding massive value in that department too. The ease in responsibility will also greatly assist Siya as he looks to regain full fitness and form after a tough 2020 campaign with Western Province. He will be able to settle well with the coastal franchise and integrate with the squad in the interim.

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