Mapimpi withdrawn from Sharks side to face Bulls

Makazole Mapimpi, who has picked up a calf strain, will not feature for the Sharks against the Bulls this Saturday as a precaution.

The Sharks announced on Friday that Mapimpi will not feature this weekend in order to ensure he doesn’t aggravate a calf injury.

Mapimpi was an automatic selection in the 46-man Springbok squad selected last weekend, with the wing having produced a standout performance on his recent return to the Sharks after a stint in Japan.

The withdrawal of the World Cup star results in a shift for Volmink, who was originally named on the right wing. He will now move into the No 11 jersey, while Werner Kok will start on the other wing.

The Sharks also released the substitutes list for the game against the Bulls, which includes Thomas du Toit and Ox Nche.

Sharks – 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Subs: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 James Venter, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Jeremy Ward.

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