The Sharks have included six Springboks in their starting lineup for Saturday’s match against the Blue Bulls at Kings Park.
Coach Robert du Preez has selected his strongest available side for their Currie Cup opener, with Curwin Bosch, Lwazi Mvovo, Rob du Preez, Louis Schreuder, Dan du Preez and Chiliboy Ralepelle all starting.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Ward returns to the fray at outside centre after a stint on the sidelines. He is partnered with inside centre Marius Louw in the midfield.
Scrumhalf Cameron Wright, Namibia international Johan Deysel and exciting young wing Aphelele Fassi have been named on bench.
Sharks – 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Wian Vosloo, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (c), 1 Juan Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Khutha Mchunu, 18 Andrew Evans, 19 Lubabalo Mthembu, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Johan Deysel, 22 Aphelele Fassi.
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