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# sharks

January 2023
# Champions Cup
La Rochelle complete clean sweep to qualify, Harlequins hold off Sharks to advance
Hooker George McGuigan scored two tries as Gloucester also made the last 16.
# Biodiversity
Two thirds of reef sharks and rays risk extinction due to climate change and overfishing
Sharks are under most threat in the Western Atlantic and parts of the Indian Ocean.
# Home and Away
South African sides to play in Europe if they earn 'home' Champions Cup semis
The Sharks have won three from three so far, while the Bulls and Stormers have impressed too.
# mark the diary
Ulster's URC clash away to Sharks rescheduled for late February
Dan McFarland’s side will line out in Durban on Saturday, 25 February.
# A Friend in need
Hansen and Bealham back for Connacht as Sharks send their second-string
Andy Friend’s side are 13th in the URC table and badly need a win.
# talismen
Big boost for Connacht with Irish internationals returning for Sharks clash
Bundee Aki, Mack Hansen, and Finlay Bealham are all available again.
Last year
# Sean Everitt
Sharks coach departs role in the wake of heavy URC loss to Cardiff
The club confirmed this evening that Everitt has vacated his position.
# bug
'Quite odd' - Medical review underway on Ulster's gastro outbreak in South Africa
Glasgow also had their game against the Lions postponed.
# Skin In the Game
‘These South African teams are not yet the polished sides of the past’
Bobby Skinstad believes the best is still to come from South Africa’s URC franchises.
# survive and advance
Smith lands late drop-goal to send the Bulls into the URC semi-finals
Jake White’s side will meet Leinster next weekend.
# On the march
'The Sharks are capable of winning the URC'
Connacht blown away by pace and strength of South African newcomers who scored 31 unanswered points in today’s clash at King’s Park.
# Irish sharks
Basking sharks to be granted 'protected wild animals' status
The giant basking sharks feed on plankton and are regularly seen swimming slowly through the seas off Ireland.
All time
# Irish Abroad
'I missed being on the grass, the day-to-day coaching, and the challenge'
Noel McNamara is thriving in his new role with the Sharks after joining from Leinster.
# zeebs
Casey shines on a night when Zebo, Snyman and Munster's fans returned to Thomond Park
Munster scored six tries to beat the Sharks at Thomond Park this evening.
Zebo is back, fans are back, Snyman is back - so can Munster bring the good times back?
Johann van Graan’s side take on the Sharks tonight in Thomond Park.
# boks office
Munster name Zebo in their starting line-up and Snyman on the bench for Sharks clash
Rugby World Cup winner RG Snyman is set to make his Thomond Park debut off the bench on his second appearance for the province having missed last season through injury.
# red list
Komodo dragon and two in five shark species in danger of becoming extinct
About 28% of the 138,000 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are now at risk of vanishing.
# Contender
Beirne out of isolation and back on the scoresheet for the Lions
The Munster and Ireland man is pushing for a Test start at blindside flanker.
# travel day
Lions tour moves to Cape Town as Springboks struggle with Covid outbreak
Warren Gatland’s men will leave five of their party behind in Johannesburg.
# eight
'He’s definitely putting his hand up' - Lions boss Gatland impressed by Conan
The tourists move on to Cape Town tomorrow but don’t know who they will play on Wednesday.
# rampant
Beirne bags brace as Lions rack up 71 points after earlier Sharks scare
Jaden Hendrikse’s red card allowed Warren Gatland’s men to storm home.
# backing up
Much-changed Lions aim to make best of the rematch nobody wanted
Yesterday’s negative PCR results were a great relief to the Lions camp.
# Game on
Conan, Furlong and Beirne start in much-changed Lions XV against Sharks
The game will go ahead after the Lions squad returned negative PCR test results.
# rematch
Lions to play the Sharks for second time on Saturday in Pretoria
The tourists have more PCR testing today and tomorrow.
# Captain
Henderson proud of Lions after strangest of days on tour in South Africa
The Ireland lock led Warren Gatland’s side to their big win over the Sharks.
# too good
Gatland's Lions put Covid upheaval aside to run eight tries past Sharks
Josh Adams was outstanding again as he and Duhan van der Merwe grabbed hat-tricks.
# Back in action
Lions look to sink teeth into Sharks after a day of Covid chaos in SA
Warren Gatland is sending out an exciting team this evening.
# cases
Henshaw back running as Lions wait for clarity amid Covid uncertainty
The Springboks and Bulls have both reported positive Covid-19 cases.
# Team news
Ireland's Iain Henderson to captain the Lions in clash with the Sharks
The 29-year-old Ulsterman will lead a completely changed starting XV on Wednesday.
# Irish Abroad
Leinster academy boss McNamara set for move to South Africa's Sharks
The former Ireland U20s head coach will be part of the United Rugby Championship next season.
# New Era
'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'
The Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and Lions are due to join European rugby next season – what lies ahead?
Endangered fish thrown away and dead whales on our shores: Fishing's ocean impact
Noteworthy reveals over 30 tonnes of threatened fish were discarded in one year, including the endangered basking shark and critically endangered skates.
# Expansion
Lancaster would welcome 'positive addition' of South African sides to Pro16
The Lions, Bulls, Stormers, and Sharks could join the competition from 2021 onwards.
# Banned
Sale Sharks player suspended for two games after signing for two clubs
Sale Sharks have been been handed a suspended five-point deduction and fined.
# Super Rugby
Brumbies break New Zealand duck to end Chiefs' winning start, Reds up and running in style
Australian Conference rivals the Brumbies and the Reds enjoyed big wins on Saturday, the leaders recovering from an outbreak of mumps.
# Bull by the horns
Erasmus to work with Bulls as Springbok coaches assist Super Rugby sides
‘We believe this is an approach that can work for South African rugby in its broadest sense.’
# Showdown
Ronan O'Gara's Crusaders cruise past Sharks to book Hurricanes semi-final
The last two champions of Super Rugby will meet in the semi-finals after the Crusaders made light work of the Sharks.
# amity ireland
Warming seas mean 10 new species of shark could soon roam in Irish waters
The great hammerhead is one of the sharks that could soon be spotted off the Irish coast.
# Super Rugby
Sharks show their teeth again, but fall to dramatic 85th minute Hurricanes try
Beauden Barrett’s absence was felt, but replacement 10 Ihaia West came up with the winning score in the end.
# angel shark
This shark hasn't been seen off Ireland for three years. It's one of 48 species on a proposed 'protected list'
The Angel Shark was targeting in sport angling competitions during the 60s and 70s and hasn’t been seen since 2015.