Murray returns to Sharks

Date published: January 28 2015

Former Springbok centre Waylon Murray has joined the Sharks after spending four years away from the team where his professional career started.

After Super Rugby and Currie Cup stints with the Golden Lions, Southern Kings and the Bulls, he returned to the Sharks on trial and impressed the coaching staff who offered him a year-long deal.

“It is fantastic to have Waylon back considering he arrived at our doorstep asking us if it was ok just to train with us, and after two months, it was plain to see his hunger to be an even better player than he was previously in the black and white,” The Sharks’ chief executive, John Smit, told the Durban-based franchise’s official website.

“Offering him a one year contract has been a privilege after witnessing his determination this pre-season and we can’t wait for him to get out there and enjoy himself in a Sharks jersey again.

“It’s good to have another local boy from Westville Boys High back home.”

In 2005 Murray made his debut for the Sharks as a 19-year-old, spending six years in his home province and along the way picking up three Springbok caps.

He also represented his country at the IRB U21 World Championship in 2006 and went on to win an Currie Cup medal with the Sharks in 2008.

Meanwhile, former EP Kings wing Paul Perez, who spent two weeks with the Sharks in December, has returned to Durban on a three month trial.

The squad travels to France on Saturday and will play Toulon in a North v South friendly on Thursday 5 February.