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Sharks appoint Schreuder captain for 2019

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019    Getty Images

Head coach Robert du Preez made the announcement on Wednesday and added that loosehead prop Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira would be vice-captain.

Schreuder, 28, a one-Test Springbok and a former South African Under-20 representative, captained the Sharks in the Currie Cup playoffs matches last year and led them to a competition win. He started his provincial career with Western Province in 2010 and made 55 appearances for them, and played 66 times for the Stormers between 2011 and 2016. He played 14 games for the Southern Kings in 2017.

He joined the Sharks for the 2017 Currie Cup campaign and was a member of their Super Rugby squad last season playing 16 games.

Mtawarira is set to become the most capped South African Super Rugby player during the season. Already South Africa's most capped Test prop with 107 caps, he needs only another six more games to pass Adriaan Strauss' record of 156 Super Rugby games.

Schreuder said it was an honour and privilege to be given the position.

"Together with Beast and the rest of the leadership group, we look forward to the season ahead and making our fans proud," he said.

Du Preez said when making the announcement, "Louis is a great tactician and he has the backing of the players who've shown confidence in him as leader.

"It's also about how he works with the players on an individual basis. He knows how to communicate with the different players, and he gets the best out of each individual. He also understands and drives our team culture which is so important."

"A captain cannot do it on his own and he will have the support of a strong leadership group around him.

"He has the full backing of the all the players and although he will lead the side and Beast will take up the reins in his absence, should they both be unavailable to play, we have such a strong leadership group that anybody could slot into the role and lead the team," du Preez said.

The Sharks open their 2019 campaign on the road playing the Sunwolves on February 16 and then the Blues on February 23.