Cell C Sharks
Hailing from South Africa’s Sunshine Coast city of Durban, the Cell C Sharks have a proud rugby history that dates back to their earliest roots as the Natal Rugby Union that was formed in 1890.
City and Country: Durban, South Africa.
PRO Rugby Titles: None. Best finish of third in the Pro14 Rainbow Cup SA Conference in 2021.
Quick Shoutout Facts: Made the most Vodacom Super Rugby semi-finals of any South African team (8). Made the most Vodacom Super Rugby final appearances of any South African team (4).
The “They Did What?” Award?: After the Carling Currie Cup kicked off in 1892, the Cell C Sharks had to wait until 1990 to win the domestic title for the first time. But they made up for this by winning it again in 1992 and 1995.
Say My Name: On the player front, plenty to choose from. But you’d do well with dropping the names of Springboks John Smit or Tendai Mtawarira, who are both Sharks legends. Former coach Ian McIntosh also occupies legendary status amongst the supporters.
Coach: Sean Everitt.
Captain: Phepsi Buthelezi.
Stadium: Jonsson Kings Park.
Hailing from South Africa’s Sunshine Coast city of Durban, the Cell C Sharks have a proud rugby history that dates back to their earliest roots as the Natal Rugby Union that was formed in 1890. They were a dominant force in South African domestic rugby in the 1990s, and at a time when the mercurial French rugby star Thierry Lacroix played for them. Legendary Springbok captain John Smit came through their ranks, and they have produced some of the greats of Springbok rugby during their evolution to the team that is today known as the Sharks. They reached the final of Vodacom Super Rugby on four occasions but had to settle for the runners-up spot each time.
If you want to sound like a local: This is surfer’s country, so if you can throw in a little bit of Kiff and some Stoked and maybe even a little bit of Naught Bru! you’ll sound like a proper Durban local.
What you didn’t know: Their nickname used to be the Banana Boys (apparently Beach Boys was already taken) in reference to KwaZulu-Natal being a big banana-growing region in South Africa.