Since the name change in 1995, The Sharks brand has grown exponentially and fans from all over the world are proud to call us The Sharks. Originally nicknamed the Banana Boys, rugby supporters through-out the KZN province and indeed the rest of South Africa and the world identify with a brand they are very passionate about.
The establishment of Supporters Club around South Africa translates into a significant following when the team play away from home, notably in places like Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, not to mention the far-flung smaller venues like Brakpan, Rustenburg and Wellington.
First started in September 1984, the Natal Rugby Supporters club was initially conceived by passionate Natal Rugby Supporters and friends Phil Ferreira, Ron Lane, Joan Vermeer and Clive Jackson, as a place to meet before and after the game, have a braai and a beer or two (or three . . .).
The original clubhouse was the old tractor shed for the Natal Rugby Union and was donated by the then President of the NRU, Dr Nic Labuschagne.
Wynand Claasen, famous Natal and Springbok Rugby Captain was an architect by profession and offered his services in designing the clubhouse.
The offer was gratefully accepted and the friends put their money behind their passion and built the clubhouse and started what is arguably one of the oldest rugby supporters clubs in the world. A constitution was adapted and committees elected with the first Chairman being the late Ron Lane.