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Ox back for Edinburgh

Aphelele Fassi is still out injured but the Sharks will welcome back Ox Nche. Anthony Volmink takes over the fullback position after not having featured in any Sharks team for weeks.

Having doing well to manage bonus points against below strength Benetton and Scarlets teams (due to Six Nations call-ups) and the bottom dwelling Zebre team, the Sharks will face a full strength Edinburgh team featuring the likes of Hamish Watson.

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Bulls at Loftus

The Sharks Currie Cup team will play the Bulls in Pretoria on Wednesday night. Tito Bonilla will partner with Cam Wright – so unless Boeta Chamberlain is out injured he may feature for the Sharks URC squad against Zebre this coming weekend.

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Sharks team for Golden Lions

The Sharks Currie Cup team will take on the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday. The Lions will be desperate for a win after the big loss to the Pumas in January, and has included a number of URC players including both Tshituka brothers and JP Smith at loose head.

For the Sharks Yaw Penxe will feature at full back with Bradley Davids possibly making a Currie Cup debut.

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Etzebeth to join the Sharks in July

Eben Etzebeth has signed a contract with the Sharks until 2017.

He will join the team in July. With Bok commitments he will probably only play in a Sharks jersey in 2023 / or December 2022.

In other news Grant Williams will be suspended for 4 games and will only be eligible to play from the 13th March.

Neil Powell upgraded to DOR

The Sharks have appointed Neil Powell (previously announced as defense coach) as Director of Rugby from September 2022. Sean Everitt and Etienne Fynn will effectively then report to Neil.

The Sharks have great players and can play some marvelous rugby at times. Unfortunately there have also been something lacking in Sharks culture over the years – where talented teams can often put up some pretty indifferent error-ridden performances.

Hopefully Neil can bring his experience from the Bok Sevens setup and find what is missing in the Sharks setup and start by improving it.