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Wed 15 Jan 2020 | 06:22

Sharks ready for Russia Round Two

Sharks ready for Russia Round Two
Wed 15 Jan 2020 | 06:22
Sharks ready for Russia Round Two

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sharks XV will take on the Russian national side in a pre-season warm-up match at Kings Park on Friday.

As was the case with their encounter with NWU Pukke last week, this is a composite team of juniors, with a number of new faces and a few recognizable players who have done the Black and White jersey proud in the past.

Russia will be smarting from their big 14-64 loss to the Sharks first-choice last week and are expected to give this young side a good test of their abilities.

The front row presents plenty of experience – with Juan Schoeman and Craig Burden partnering, Khutha Mchunu.

Promising young Evan Roos will have Sharks Under-19 and South African Under-20 captain Phepsi Buthelezi guiding him among the loose forwards.

Newly signed flyhalf Jordan Chiat will have the experienced Cameron Wright as his partner in an otherwise exciting line-up.

Mike Vowles coaches the 26-man team.

Sharks XV: 15 Thaakir Abrahams, 14 Mtungwa Mapantsela, 13 DJ Falconer, 12 Murray Koster, 11 Ayanda Kunene, 10 Jordan Chait, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi (captain), 7 Celimpilo Gumede, 6 Evan Roos, 5 Jordan Sesink-Clee, 4 Lunga Ncube, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements – from: Cullen van der Merwe, Bandisa Ndlovu, Michael Kumbirai, Jandre Labuschagne, Andisa Ntsila, Kwanda Dimaza, Grant Williams, Jaden Hendrikse, Le Roux Malan, Rynhardt Jonker, Lwandile Menze.

Date: Friday, January 17
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 15.00
Referee: Divan Uys

PV: 1161

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