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The Sharks are a South African rugby union team competing in the Super Rugby competition. They are based in Durban and centred around the Natal Sharks union, also based in Durban and drawing players from all of KwaZulu-Natal Province. In 1993-1995 South Africa was represented in the Super 10 by their three top unions. Natal qualified in 1993 and 1994. Natal were runners-up in 1994 after having lost to Queensland 21-10 in the final. In 1996 and 1997 South Africa was represented in the Super 12 by their four top unions rather than franchises, and Natal qualified and competed both years. They have never won any of the Super Rugby competition, but have reached the final four times, as Natal in 1996 and as the Sharks in 2001, 2007 and 2012. Through 2005, they drew players from the two unions based in Eastern Cape Province, the Mighty Elephants and the Bulldogs, but those unions became the core of the new Southern Spears franchise that was formed in 2006 and was originally intended to enter the Super 14 in 2007 but was later denied admission. The current team captain is Keegan Daniel. The side contains many other Springbok players, including Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira, Willem Alberts, JP Pietersen, Patrick Lambie and the brothers Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis. They have also featured many international stars including France international Frédéric Michalak. In 2010, they were slated to feature Argentine star Juan Martín Hernández, but he was ruled out for the season with a back injury.
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A group of elongate elasmobranchs. Sharks are mostly marine fish, with certain species large and voracious.
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