Cape Town - Sharks prop Jannie du Plessis will play his 100th Super Rugby game when the Sharks face the Stormers at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.
According to the Beeld website
, the 30-year-old has represented the Sharks in 73 Super Rugby games, while he also played 26 times for the Cheetahs.
Of the current Sharks squad, only flanker Jacques Botes (106) has played more Super Rugby games.
Sharks commercial manager, Rudolph Straeuli, lauded Du Plessis' impact at the Durban franchise.
"Jannie is a fighter who always pulls through, even if he has a slight injury. It doesn't scare him.
"Of all the Springboks he was the one who spent the most time on the field last season.
"He doesn't always get the credit he deserves for his performances," said the former Bok coach.
Other Sharks players nearing the 100 mark in Super Rugby are utility back Meyer Bosman
(94 - 59 for the Cheetahs and 35 for the Sharks), wings JP Pietersen
(88) and Odwa Ndungane
(83), while prop Beast Mtawarira
and No 8 Ryan Kankowski
have both played 77 times for the Sharks.
The Sharks' clash against the Stormers kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday night.Teams:Sharks:
15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen
, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Francois Steyn (captain), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski
, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman
, 22. Odwa NdunganeStormers:
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain), 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Peter Grant, 22. Gerhard van den Heever