Port Shepstone-born James Venter is returning to his roots.
The Lions loose forward’s suspected move to the Sharks was confirmed by the Durban franchise this week.
Venter started his rugby journey at Izotsha Primary School. From a young age, it was clear that he was a special talent, so much so that he played for Izotsha Primary’s first XV for three years before heading to Glenwood High School.
After representing the Sharks at age-group level, he headed north to join the Lions in 2015. During his four years in Johannesburg, he made a number of Super Rugby appearances, captained the SuperSport Rugby Challenge team and impressed in the Currie Cup, most recently scoring two quickfire tries after coming off the bench in the 31-28 defeat to the Sharks in the final.
The 23-year-old has been snapped up by the Sharks to bolster the back-row stocks along with Springbok Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers) and Henco Venter (Cheetahs) following Du Preez twins Jean-Luc and Dan’s departure to Sale Sharks at the end of the Super Rugby season.
The Sharks have also announced the acquisition of Lions wing Madosh Tambwe and are set to confirm nine new signings in all, including Springbok and Cheetahs prop Ox Nche and former Blitzbok Werner Kok.
We would like to introduce James Venter who will be joining the @CellC Sharks family from the start of pre-season. Welcome to the number one team to play for, work for and shout for🦈#OurSharksForever pic.twitter.com/c7cQbc5Y4B
— The Sharks (@TheSharksZA) September 10, 2019