Cape Town - As they prepare to face the Pumas in a Currie Cup clash in Durban this weekend, the Sharks have welcomed the return of three Springboks into their squad.
Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, flank Marcell Coetzee and utility back Frans Steyn all failed to make the final 31-man Springbok squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Reinach was controversially excluded from the squad at the expense of the Bulls’ Rudy Paige, while Coetzee is still struggling with a knee injury - which was a likely contributor to his omission from the Bok squad.
With Coetzee’s availability still uncertain, the Sharks will no doubt be keen to utilise the services of Reinach and 53-Test capped veteran Steyn.
Reinach made his Bok debut in last year’s Rugby Championship and now boasts 10 Test caps. He was on the Springbok bench throughout this year’s international season, with his last Test being the 26-12 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on August 15.
The Durbanites have had an indifferent Currie Cup, with their only two wins coming against the EP Kings, and will therefore welcome the new additions.
The Sharks lost their first game of the campaign away to the Pumas, so they will be eager to gain revenge at home this Saturday (15:00 kick-off).
It is great to have Cobus Reinach back at training with us! - The Sharks on Facebook (Steve Haag)