Although the team was initially founded in 1890, it was incredibly unsuccessful in its early years. In fact, the Sharks rugby team did not reach the final of the Currie Cup until 1956, and they did not win the competition for the first time until 1990. Coincidentally, the team’s first success came as it was celebrating its centenary year.
Since, the Sharks rugby team has experienced a change in fortunes. Following the side’s success in 1990, they’ve won the title on another 7 occasions, most recently in 2018. They also reached the final in the 2020-21 season and the 2021 season.
For most of the history of the side, the Sharks rugby team was known simply as Natal. Until the mid-1990s, they were also known informally as the banana boys. However, at this time, the team was rebranded and has been known as the Sharks ever since.
Today, the Sharks rugby team is undoubtedly one of the finest in the competition. The team plays its home games at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium, where 55,000 fans can pack in to watch the side battle for honours.