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Bismarck du Plessis named Sharks captain

Jake White has named Bismarck du Plessis as Sharks captain, replacing Keegan Daniel.

FILE: Bismarck du Plessis (L, down) of the Durban Sharks holds onto the ball during their Currie Cup Final match against Western Province. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Sharks have appointed Bismarck du Plessis as their captain for 2014, a move that director of rugby Jake White has told EWN Sport was obvious for him.

Du Plessis takes over from Keegan Daniel, who led the Sharks to Currie Cup success in 2013.

Du Plessis also shares the Springbok vice-captaincy with Adriaan Strauss and has told EWN Sport before of his ambition of one day captaining the national side.

White said the decision to appoint du Plessis made sense.

"I've worked with him; I know what his strengths and weaknesses are. He's one of the greatest players in the world at this stage, he has a great presence and more importantly he's a winner."

White says that du Plessis' success at the highest level will drive the Sharks forward in their quest to win Super Rugby.

"He's won a lot of things. He's won an under-19 World Cup, an under-21 World Cup, a senior World Cup, and a Currie Cup. But the one trophy that has eluded him is the Super Rugby cup. Hopefully with his leadership, and with what he can bring to the team, he'll be able to get his hands on this trophy."

White said that deposed captain Keegan Daniel served the team with distinction and that the appointment of du Plessis had nothing to do with any unhappiness with the loose-forward.

"It's not about Keegan at all. It's about a new chapter in Sharks rugby and we obviously appreciate the fact that Keegan has been the captain and that he's done fantastically well. But with a new coach and a new squad, we want to start from a new base."

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