Meyer back with Sharks

Steve Meyer has come out of retirement and could play for the Sharks in the Currie Cup.

The pivot announced his shock retirement earlier this year, a few days before the Sharks’ Super 14 opener against the Chiefs where he was expected to start, and had his month-old contract terminated because of ‘personal reasons’.

However, the former Perpignan flyhalf was seen training with the Sharks this week and backline coach Grant Bashford confirmed that he could feature for them this season.

‘Steve has decided that he wants to get back into rugby and he’s training with us because there’s no club rugby in the province because of the World Cup,’ Bashford told keo.co.za.

‘We’re just helping out by giving him the opportunity to get involved in rugby again. But If he impresses us during the pre-season training, he could play for us in the Currie Cup.’

Meanwhile, the Sharks are struggling with injuries. Loose forwards Willem Alberts (ankle) and Jean Deysel (wrist) both had operations and will miss the opening rounds of the Currie Cup. Other players currently injured are lock Gerhard Mostert, fullback Louis Ludik, centre Adrian Jacobs and wing JP Pietersen.

Wing Lionel Mapoe, who is now based in Durban, will also miss the early stages of the Currie Cup because of a shoulder injury. However, whether he will represent the Sharks this season is not yet confirmed as the Cheetahs are still adamant that they have him committed to a watertight contract which only expires in October 2011.

By Gareth Duncan