Sharks clash significant for Plumtree

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree makes no secret that Saturday's clash with his former side, the Sharks, in Durban has extra significance for him.

Plumtree played for the Sharks for 10 years before moving into coaching and after being the side's assistant coach for a year, he was in charge of the side for five years.

The 50-year-old's wife hails from Durban so the result and occasion means the world to Plumtree.

"I always thought one day I'd come back to Durban with the Hurricanes and it's finally happening so it's about making sure I keep those emotions in check and never [forget] what my role is for the team and that's what I've done so far," Plumtree told Fairfax Media.

"It's been a busy week for me, a lot of friends, a lot of family, a lot of people around and managing that and getting the team ready has kept me pretty busy. 

"Going to the stadium on Saturday is going to be an interesting one for me, but one that I'm really looking forward to as well.

"The Shark Tank (Kings Park Stadium) holds a lot of special memories for me so visiting the Shark Tank with the Hurricanes couldn't be better. It's the two teams that've have a big impact on my career."