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    Sharks off to NZ without Coetzee

    2016-04-10 09:56

    Lloyd Burnard - Sport24

    Cape Town - The Sharks, defeated in Durban on Saturday night, have more bad news. 

    Marcell Coetzee left the field just after the half-hour mark in his side's 24-9 loss to the Lions, and the word coming out of the Sharks camp was that we would not be on Saturday's flight to New Zealand where the Sharks will face the Blues, Highlanders and Chiefs on a three-week tour. 

    Coetzee was immediately taken to hospital where scans were performed on his knee - the results of which are not yet known. 

    But a Sharks representative confirmed to Sport24 on Saturday that he would not be on the flight to New Zealand. 

    The franchise would announce Coetzee's replacement for the tour in due course. 

    They also could not rule out the possibility of Coetzee joining the side on tour at a later stage, but the medical report would confirm whether or not that highly unlikely scenario was possible.

    "It's not looking good. He's gone to hospital, he's had a scan ... it's not looking great," said a concerned Gold after the match.

    "We just hope that it's as minor as possible but there does seem to be a little bit of laxness in the knee which does suggest that at very best he won't be ready for next week."

    Lock Stephan Lewies, who was pulled from Saturday's starting line-up just before the game with a late injury, is in the squad while Chiliboy Ralapelle is also set to make his first appearance of the season.

    Sharks touring squad

    Forwards: Tendai Mtawarira, Dale Chadwick, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lourens Adriaanse, Thomas du Toit, Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralapelle, Kyle Cooper, Etienne Oosthuizen, Stephan Lewies, Hyron Andrews, Jean-Luc du Preez, Daniel du Preez, Philip van der Walt, Keegan Daniel.

    Backs: Cobus Reinach, Michael Claassens, Joe Pietersen, Garth April, Lwazi Mvovo, JP Pietersen, Odwa Ndungane, Andre Esterhuizen, Paul Jordaan, Willie le Roux, S’bura Sithole.

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