'Giant' training with Sharks

2015-01-09 11:30
Lubabalo Mtyanda (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Pumas lock Lubabalo "Giant" Mtyanda is training with the Sharks as they prepare for the Super Rugby competition.

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The Sharks returned for pre-season training earlier this week, where a number of new faces were on show.

With Stephan Lewies still on the sidelines and Pieter-Steph du Toit still working his way back to fitness after a long injury lay-off, Mtyanda has been drafted into the Sharks squad as extra cover in the second row.

Mtyanda, 28, performed adequately for the Pumas in last year's Currie Cup Premier Division and now has an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the Sharks' Super Rugby squad.

Assistant coach Sean Everitt told Business Day that Mtyanda was drafted in as back-up and that he's done well in training. He also said the lock was thriving in their environment and settled in very well in Durban.

The Sharks will start their pre-season with a training game against a team made up of various Durban clubs in two weeks, before heading overseas to face the French and European champions, Toulon on February 5.

They start their Super Rugby campaign at home against the Cheetahs on February 14.

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