Sharks bring in Reds lock

Date published: July 3 2015

The Sharks have announced the signing of Reds lock David McDuling, who will join the Durban-based franchise until the end of 2016.

McDuling made his Super Rugby debut in 2014 against the Crusaders and has since amassed a total of 12 Super Rugby caps for the Reds. 

He also won the inaugural season of the National Rugby Championship with Brisbane City and had the most carries and run metres of any second rower in the competition.

The Sharks' Director of Rugby, Gary Gold said: "He has huge potential and is an exciting prospect. At the Reds, he played behind the Wallaby captain James Horwill and gained some valuable experience.

"He will certainly bolster our depth at lock and we look forward to welcoming him to the Sharks family."

McDuling, whose father is originally from South Africa, is delighted to join the Sharks.

"I'm excited to be joining the Sharks at this stage of my career," he said. 

"After speaking with Gary, I cannot wait to contribute to a successful Sharks team starting with the upcoming Currie Cup. 

"The opportunity to live in a great city such as Durban and play for the Cell C Sharks was one I did not hesitate to take."

McDuling is relishing the opportunity to make an impact at his new franchise.

“It’s an exciting time for my family given our background in South Africa,” he added.

“I have loved being part of the Queensland Reds, but I feel the time is right for me to challenge myself in a new environment and rugby culture. 

"It was a privilege to represent Queensland and I will leave with many fond memories. I wish the Reds, Brisbane City and the entire Queensland Rugby community all the best in the future.”

McDuling will arrive in Durban next week to join the Sharks for their pre-season training ahead of the start of the Currie Cup tournament.