Planet Rugby

Daniel leaving Sharks

28th March 2014 08:19

Share:

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel at the back of a scrum

Moving on: Keegan Daniel

Former captain Keegan Daniel will depart the Sharks at the conclusion of the Super Rugby season to join Kubota in Japan.

Having joined The Sharks Academy in 2004, Daniel went on to make his Sharks debut in 2006 against the Reds. With 199 caps to date for the Sharks, 59 of those as captain, he led the team to Currie Cup glory in 2013.

"Daniel will always be regarded as an exceptional player who has served The Sharks with distinction over the years," read a Sharks statement on Friday.

"He is a fierce competitor and someone that always boxed above his weight and led by example. His humble nature and never-say-die attitude are some of his greatest attributes and both the team and administrators alike will miss his steely determination and courage."

Commenting on his departure, The Sharks CEO, John Smit said: "Keegan has been an instrumental part of The Sharks for many years. His commitment to the jersey and to the franchise could never be questioned.

"We offered Keegan a long-term contract to stay in Durban, but he has decided that it was time in his career for a new challenge. We respect his decision and thank him for ten years of dedication and loyalty. We wish him the very best for this new and exciting chapter in his life."

Keegan Daniel added: "I am eternally grateful to The Sharks for what they have done for my career. I have been at the union for ten years, experienced many highs, and have had the opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and have built lasting friendships along the way. It is never an easy decision to make when the time comes to move on and ply your trade elsewhere.

"I am sad to leave a place that I have called home and will always respect what The Sharks jersey stands for. It was an honour to captain the team for a couple of seasons and I have enjoyed every single moment of my time here.

"I look forward to contributing to the team's aspirations during the Super Rugby tournament before I embark on a new journey that seeks to embrace a new culture and style of rugby."

  • Currie Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Currie Cup
Friday , August 29
Pumas vs SharksPumas vs Sharks Preview
Saturday , August 30
Griquas vs Cheetahs15:00
Blue Bulls vs Western Province17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Lions19:10
Friday , September 5
Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings19:10
Saturday , September 6
Cheetahs vs Pumas15:00
Sharks vs Griquas17:05
Blue Bulls vs Lions19:10
Friday , September 12
Eastern Province Kings vs Blue Bulls19:10
Saturday , September 13
Griquas vs Pumas15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
  • Currie Cup Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Currie Cup
Saturday , August 23
Blue Bulls 30 - 25 Eastern Province KingsBlue Bulls vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Western Province 27 - 14 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 16 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Friday , August 22
Pumas 33 - 15 GriquasPumas vs Griquas Report
Saturday , August 16
Lions 60 - 19 Eastern Province KingsLions vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Western Province 41 - 17 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
Cheetahs 34 - 27 GriquasCheetahs vs Griquas Report
Friday , August 15
Sharks 34 - 17 PumasSharks vs Pumas Report
Saturday , August 9
Griquas 24 - 31 SharksGriquas vs Sharks Report
Lions 41 - 13 Blue BullsLions vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
  • Currie Cup Table
Overall 2014
Currie Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Western Province314
2Sharks313
3Golden Lions310
4Pumas39
5Cheetahs37