Sharks coach Sean Everitt has named a fresh-looking 45-man Sharks squad for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season.
There are a number of fresh faces in the squad, including new signings Andisa Ntsila, Henco and James Venter, Jordan Sesink-Clee, Le Roux Roets, Michael Kumbirai, Ox Nche, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Madosh Tambwe and Jordan Chait.
The squad also feature a number of youngsters who have been promoted from the Sharks youth structures including Evan Roos, Celimpilo Gumede, Emile van Heerden, Boeta Chamberlain, Murray Koster, Sanele Nohamba and Thaakir Abrahams.
All of this offsets the exodus of players that the Sharks suffered after the 2019 Super Rugby season.
The pack will be without the services of the Du Preez twins, lock Gideon Koegelenberg, props Beast Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen, hooker Akker van der Merwe and flanks Philip van der Walt and Jacques Vermeulen. Meanwhile, in the backs Robert du Preez, Rhyno Smith and Kobus van Wyk have all moved on.
The Sharks will be led by Lukhanyo Am this season, to be assisted by a leadership group of Louis Schreuder, Curwin Bosch, Thomas du Toit, Andre Esterhuizen and Makazole Mapimpi.
Forwards – Andisa Ntsila, Celimpilo Gumede, Craig Burden, Dylan Richardson, Emile van Heerden, Evan Roos, Fezokuhle Mbatha, Henco Venter, Hyron Andrews, James Venter, JJ van der Mescht, John-Hubert Meyer, Jordan Sesink-Clee, Juan Schoeman, Kerron van Vuuren, Khutha Mchunu, Le Roux Roets, Tera Mtembu, Michael Kumbirai, Mzamo Majola, Ox Nche, Phepsi Buthelezi, Ruben van Heerden, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Thomas du Toit, Tyler Paul.
Backs – Andre Esterhuizen, Aphelele Fassi, Cameron Wright, Curwin Bosch, Grant Williams, Boeta Chamberlain, Jeremy Ward, Jordan Chait, JP Pietersen, Louis Schreuder, Lukhanyo Am (c), Lwazi Mvovo, Madosh Tambwe, Makazole Mapimpi, Marius Louw, Murray Koster, Sanele Nohamba, Sbu Nkosi, Thaakir Abrahams.
With less than two weeks to go to the start of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament, Coach Everitt has also announced his 45-man squad who will do duty during the Cell C Sharks 2020 campaign.
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