Skinstad’s a Shark

Bob Skinstad will finally play for the Sharks, more than a decade after completing his schooling in Kwazulu-Natal. And Bryan Habana is also likely to join the Sharks.

Skinstad, who has taken a self-imposed absence from the game since 2003, will play in next year’s Vodacom Super 14, reported SupaRugby. was aware of discussions between Skinstad and the Sharks, but the player a couple of weeks ago confirmed to the site that nothing had been finalised.

It is understood he will return to South Africa with his wife and recently born daughter in the next few months.

The former Bok captain remains confident that a successful reintroduction into the Super 14 could see him challenge for a World Cup place. Skinstad, who made his test debut against England in 1997, turned 30 this year.

Skinstad played in the 1999 World Cup, but missed out in 2003 because of a broken arm.

Habana’s father (and agent) Bernie (Habana) has been seen at the Absa Stadium recently. It has not been to see his son play, but to negotiate the package that will lure his son to Durban.