Sharks confirm departure of Bismarck & Jannie du Plessis

Bismarck will leave the team after 11 years, having made his debut with them in 2005.

FILE: Bismarck du Plessis trains at Newlands in 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Sharks today confirmed the departure of Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis as well as Willem Alberts, who will be playing their final match for the Sharks this Saturday.

Bismarck will leave the team after 11 years, having made his senior rugby debut when he joined the Durban franchise in 2005.

He is the most capped Sharks player ever at Super Rugby level, with 129 appearances.

He has also accumulated 39 Currie Cup caps, the number reflective of his Springbok duties where he has represented South Africa 70 times.

At the same time, Jannie joined the Sharks in 2008 after representing the Cheetahs between 2004 and 2007.

He has appeared 117 times for the Sharks at Super Rugby level and has 62 Test match appearances behind him.

Alberts made his debut for the Sharks in 2010 after moving to Durban from the Lions and has accumulated a total of 91 appearances, 72 in Super Rugby and 19 in the Currie Cup.

Sharks CEO John Smit said the players formed part of a strong Sharks team and their contribution will be missed.

"These three gents have played an instrumental and invaluable role at the Sharks over the years. It is naturally disappointing to lose this calibre of players that have given so much to Sharks rugby.

"We will never forget the many courageous performances from these three players, the countless outstanding performances and steals from Bissy, the rock solid anchor at tighthead in Jannie and the enforcer in Willem. Not to mention Jannie playing the victorious Currie Cup Final in 2013 with a broken hand."