Sharks Head Coach Sean Everitt has named exciting youngster Phepsi Buthelezi to lead the side for the upcoming 2021 Currie Cup campaign.
Despite his inexperience, Buthelezi has shown himself to be a player for the future with his energetic and courageous performances.
Everitt is well acquainted with Buthelezi, having coached him at age-group level at the Sharks.
The Sharks released the following press statement:
As a proven and born leader, Buthelezi has also captained the KZN Craven Week side, SA Schools and SA Under 20 and now adds senior provincial leadership duties to his growing – and glowing – CV.
“He is a respected leader amongst his team-mates and a player who never gives less than his all. His effort and performance against the Bulls last Saturday at Kings Park was the stuff of Man of the Match proportions and his lead-by-example style is reminiscent of fellow Sharks eighthman and former captain Gary Teichmann.
“Despite his relative youth, while commanding respect from the youngsters in the team, many of who he has played with at junior level, his senior team-mates hold him in high regard too.
“Those senior players, experienced campaigners like Jeremy Ward and Henco Venter who have also captained the Sharks, will provide experience and calm heads and offer their support and guidance in his captaincy duties.”