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Lourens Adriaanse retires

Lourens Adriaanse has been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and is currently on treatment. He has therefore decided to retire from professional rugby and focus on regaining his health. He plans to finish his articles in accounting.

Lourens contributed to the Sharks team from 2014-2017 and again since 2021. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best in his new career.

Phepsi at 6 for SA A

The du Preez twins have been called up for the SA A team with Jean-Luc slotting in at 8 while Phepsi will start as the open side flank. I assume Dan du Preez will cover lock. Both Stormers hookers have been selected – so Ruan Nortje and Jason Jenkins can expect a tough time in the lineouts.


Kolbe takes on Ireland from 15

Cheslin Kolbe has been selected to start at fullback completing a very dangerous back three with Kurt-Lee Arendse and Makazole Mapimpi. Hopefully the inside backs can manage to manipulate the Irish defenses to provide them with some ball in good positions to show their magic. We know they will be chasing box kicks most of the time though.


Bok / SA A Squads

Sharks Thomas du Toit, Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Jaden Hendrikse and Makazole Mapimpi will embark on the end of year tour with the Boks, while Ntuthuko Mchunu, Phepsi Buthelezi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Grant Williams and Aphelele Fassi may feature in the SA A games against Munster and Bristol.

I do think Boeta Chamberlain should have been selected for the A team but I guess that is my Shark prejudice showing.


Venter starts against the Bulls

The Sharks will be without their Bok squad for the game on Sunday against the Bulls. New recruit Francois Venter slots straight into the 13 jersey (not sure if Marnus Potgieter deserved to drop to the bench though). Fiery Gerbrandt Grobler is back from injury layoff to start in the number 4 jersey. Cameron Wright will start at 9 with Grant Williams back from injury on the bench.


Eben’s first start for the Sharks

Sean Everett has shored up the Sharks side with his available Boks including Eben Etzebeth that will make his debut in a Sharks jersey. New recruit Vincent Tshituka will feature in the number 7 jersey.

Midfield has been reshuffled with red-carded Rohan JvR replaced by Marnus Potgieter. Jaden Hendrikse starts in place of the injured Grant Williams and Anthony Volminck comes in for Thaakir Abrahams.

The Sharks at times showed great attacking skills against Leinster but were really poor defensively (and also exiting after receiving a kick off). This was very evident with poor tackling out wide, but the Sharks also allowed Leinster to get on the front foot across the field too often. Defense has reportedly been the focus in training this week.


Sharks rotate two for Leinster

The Sharks will not use any of their Boks coming back from duty in the RC in the last match of their first European tour of the season. Hyron Andrews starts for Reniel Hugo who moves to the bench. Likewise hard-grafting Phepsi Buthelezi swaps jerseys with Sikhumbuzo Notshe. Nevaldo Fleurs may make his URC debut later in the game.


Basson starts against Dragons

Sean Everitt had to make three injury enforced changes to the team. Justin Basson replaces Gerbrandt Grobler in the starting team with Hyron Andrews slotting onto the bench. Anthony Volmink replaces Fred Zeilinga (who has flown home with a knee injury) on the bench. Fortunately Aphelele Fassi who was substituted due to a niggle against Zebre is fit and able to start in the 15 jersey.


Two fetchers for Zebre

Sean Everitt has selected both James Venter and Dylan Richardson in the starting pack. This will make for a pretty mobile loose trio, but the Sharks may struggle in the tight exchanges especially with Le Roux Roets not on tour. Another unexpected choice is the selection of Ben Tapuai at 12 and Rohan Janse van Rensburg at 13 and not the other way around. Thaakir Abrahams gets the nod at 14 while Marnus Potgieter covers from the bench.