Sharks sign Springbok prospect Vincent Tshituka
The winner of “numerous VURC Player of the Match performances” has signed a three year deal with Durban franchise, the club confirmed on social media.
Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tshituka and his brother Emmanuel, went to Northcliff High and have spent the last four years at the Lions.
This powerhouse loose-forward has been ? this season with numerous VURC Player of the Match performances to his name. Welcoming the hugely talented Vincent Tshituka to #OurSharks family, as he joins us on a 3-year contract ?#OurSharksForever pic.twitter.com/vYRPmPRLW1
— The Sharks (@SharksRugby) May 9, 2022
The 6’4, 107kg back row has been a major force for the Emirates Lions this season and is being talked about as a potential back row option for the Springboks.
His signature is a significant recruitment coup for the franchise who were taken over by US consortium MVM Holdings last year and who seem eager to spend cash on player talent. Springbok captain Siya Kolisi joined last season and the Durban-based side are clearly eager to add more South African talent to their roster.
Away from recruitment, the Sharks are currently focused on contesting the latter stages of the URC after having confirmed their place in the play-offs.
They currently sit third alongside, drawn on 56 points with Munster and DHL Stormers, followed by Ulster (55), and the Vodacom Bulls (53). The final two spots in the top eight belong to Scottish sides Edinburgh and Glasgow, both on 50 points.
In their final league match the Sharks travel to Belfast to face Ulster.