Springbok prop Thomas du Toit has been handed the captaincy of a much-changed Sharks team to face the Ospreys in a Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash in Swansea on Friday.
Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has made a number of changes to this week’s side, with Phepsi Buthelezi playing off the bench.
As a result, Du Toit becomes captain, while Henco Venter starts at No 8.
Other changes to the pack, Ntuthuko Mchunu comes in for Khwezi Mona at loosehead prop and hooker Kerron van Vuuren replaces the injured Fez Mbatha, who has not recovered from a knock that he took against the Glasgow Warriors.
Hyron Andrews and Ruben van Heerden make a return as the lock partnership, with Le Roux Roets getting a break, while James Venter comes in for Dylan Richardson.
In the midfield, Marius Louw and Jeremy Ward will partner up in place of Murray Koster and Werner Kok while Marnus Potgieter replaces Yaw Penxe and Anthony Volmink will start at fullback in place of Curwin Bosch.
Potgieter, Volmink and Dan Jooste (on the bench) will be making their URC debuts in this match.
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