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    Tough game for Sharks

    2014-01-09 14:26
    Cape Town - Sharks coach Jake White says their pre-season clash against Saracens in London will be extremely tough.

    The game will be played on an artificial turf at Allianz Park in London on Saturday, January 25.

    Saracens, who currently top the English Premiership standings, included 10 South African-born players, as well as Namibian Jacques Burger, in their 23-man squad.

    Centre Brad Barritt and scrumhalf Neil de Kock are among the backs, while Schalk Brits (hooker), Matt Stevens, Petrus du Plessis (props), Alistair Hargreaves, Mouritz Botha (locks), Burger, Nick Fenton-Wells, Justin Melck and Ernst Joubert (loose forwards) feature up front.

    The Sharks will use the game as part of their Super Rugby preparations.

    "Playing Saracens on the artificial turf at Allianz Park is just about the toughest match we could have organised as we conclude our preparations for the new season, but we are excited by the challenge," White told the Sharks website.

    "Saracens have been one of the most consistently successful clubs in Europe over the past few years and, with their close SA connections both on the field and in the boardroom, they are followed and supported by almost everybody associated with South African rugby."

    White is yet to name his squad for the match.

    Saracens squad to face the Sharks:

    Backs: Chris Wyles, David Strettle, Michael Tagicakibau, Marcelo Bosch, Brad Barritt, Duncan Taylor, Sam Stanley, Charlie Hodgson, Neil de Kock, Richard Wigglesworth.

    Forwards: Richard Barrington, Nick Auterac, Schalk Brits, Jamie George, Matt Stevens, Petrus du Plessis, Steve Borthwick (captain), Alistair Hargreaves, Mouritz Botha, Jacques Burger, Nick Fenton-Wells, Justin Melck, Ernst Joubert.

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