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Promising scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse pens new Sharks deal until 2023

The Sharks have sealed a new deal with one of their promising scrumhalves, Jaden Hendrikse, who has opted to remain with the Durban franchise.

The 21-year-old signed a new contract keeping him at the Shark Tank until 2023, his management team Esportif announced on Instagram.

The former Glenwood High School pupil is loving life as a Shark, especially after wresting the No 9 jersey from his good mate and former SA Under-20 team-mate Sanele Nohamba.

The pair, along with Grant Williams, are part of a young core of talented Sharks scrumhalves that should see the franchise in good stead in the position long into the future.

Hendrikse moved to Durban from King William’s Town as a talented rugby and cricket-playing schoolboy from Dale Primary School to Glenwood, where he first found the going tough as a kid adjusting to a new environment.

However, like he told Sport24 exclusively last week, as his schoolboy rugby career grew so did his love for the east coast city.

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“The first two years in Durban were actually very tough and you’d count down the days until you’re going home again during a school break,” said Hendrikse.

“I like both sports cricket and rugby but because of a PCL injury in high school, I couldn’t play cricket in my final year. But I was always going to play rugby.

“Once I started playing Grant Khomo (Under-16 Youth Week) it goes very quickly and you’re used to Durban by that point.

“At this moment I don’t feel like I can stay more than two weeks at home, because I’m so used to Durban.”

Esportif agency also announced that burrowing loosehead prop Ntuthuko Mchunu, 22, also signed a contract extension to stay with the Sharks until 2023.

Mchunu set tongues wagging during the preparation series with a 50m burst in midfield ending in one of the most entertaining tries you’ll see by a front-row forward.

Source: News24


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