Kolisi to make Sharks debut

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi is set to make his long-awaited debut for the Sharks in their final Preparation Series clash with the Vodacom Bulls on Friday.

Kolisi, who joined the Sharks from the Stormers last month, will start at openside flank in a back row that includes vice-captain Henco Venter and No 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe.

A strong squad also features the return to the starting lineup of Springbok props Ox Nche and Thomas du Toit as well as lock Ruben van Heerden, who is partnered in the second row by Junior Springbok Emile van Heerden.

In the backline, Jaden Hendrikse starts alongside Boeta Chamberlain with Marius Louw back at inside centre, as is Sbu Nkosi on the wing and Anthony Volmink completes the changes at fullback.

Sharks – 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Emile van Heerden, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Rynhardt Jonker, 23 Aphelele Fassi.

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