The Sharks have made a number of changes to their starting side that will face the Sunwolves at Singapore’s National Stadium on Saturday.
Head Coach Robert du Preez has had his hand forced with injuries in the backline and has had to make significant changes there to accommodate having to leave a number of players behind for medical attention.
In a completely rejigged front-row and going with his rotation policy, Du Preez has brought in Thomas du Toit for Beast Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Franco Marais swap jerseys and Lourens Adriaanse replaces Coenie Oosthuizen, who has been rested in line with the Springbok rest protocol.
Stephan Lewies comes in for Etienne Oosthuizen in the second-row in the final change to the pack, with the loose forward trio of captain Philip van der Walt and the Du Preez twins, Jean-Luc and Daniel remaining intact for this match.
Michael Claassens, has picked up a hamstring injury and Rowan Gouws has flown to Singapore to take his place on the bench. Cobus Reinach will decide matters as the link between forwards and backs.
With an unfortunate injury toll hitting the backline, there are a number of changes made for this week.
Full-back Rhyno Smith (pectoral muscle tear), centre Jeremy Ward (broken nose) and Pat Lambie (concussion symptoms) have all been replaced. Garth April comes in at 10, Johan Deysel takes over at inside centre for Ward and Lwazi Mvovo has be moved from wing to full-back to accommodate the loss of Smith.
This opens the door for Sbu Nkosi to start his second match for the Sharks after making his debut two weeks ago against the Western Force at Kings Park.
This match also marks the starting debut for centre Johan Deysel who has represented our team off the bench previously, but now gains selection into the starting XV.