Am returns for Sharks
- 12 Oct 2017
Lukhanyo Am has been named in the Sharks’ starting lineup for Saturday’s match against Western Province at Kings Park.
Am has returned to full fitness, with coach Robert du Perez immediately drafting him into the run-on side at the expense of Tristan Blewett, who is among the replacements.
The Sharks’ returning Bok squad members – Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jean-Luc du Preez and Louis Schreuder – have all been named on the bench, alongside winger Kobus van Wyk, who is back from an injury-enforced layoff.
The match will double up as a tribute to Odwa Ndungane, after it was confirmed that the veteran wing will retire at the end of this season.
Having joined the Sharks in 2005, this will be Ndngane’s 249th appearance for the Sharks across all competitions.
Sharks – 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 S'bu Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Kobus van Wyk.
Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images
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