Mtembu to captain Sharks for Currie Cup

Tera Mtembu made his debut for the Sharks in 2012.

Tera Mtembu in action. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Sharks on Tuesday announced the appointment of loose-forward Tera Mtembu as captain of the team for Currie Cup 2014.

Mtembu made his debut for the Sharks in 2012 in both the Super Rugby and the Currie Cup tournaments.

Confirming his decision to appoint Mtembu as captain, Sharks coach Jake White stated, "Tera is a talented player and I have great faith in his ability.

"My hope is that he embraces this leadership role and gains valuable experience as the tournament progresses, which will assist us in grooming him to take the next step into becoming a more consistent Super Rugby player, who can eventually stake a claim for international honours."

Sharks CEO John Smit added, "I am delighted that Tera has been handed the captaincy for the Currie Cup tournament. I believe that he has the talent and perseverance to become a great player.

"He becomes the 72nd player to be given the honour of captaining a Sharks team and more impressively for him, the first black player to do so.

"This is an incredible achievement for a gifted player who has many years of rugby ahead of him and this responsibility will certainly motivate him to strive for greater heights in his career."

Commenting on his appointment, Mtembu said, "It is a great honour and privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading a world-renowned team such as the Sharks."