Durban - Several Sharks stalwarts will not be available during this year’s Currie Cup due to club commitments in Japan.
The Durban franchise announced that loose forward Philip van der Walt, wing Lwazi Mvovo (both Canon Eagles), centre Andre Esterhuizen (Sanix Blues) and lock Stephan Lewies (Kamaishi Seawaves) will head to Japan and therefore not be available for the tournament.
The quartet will however return to Durban in January 2018 in time for next year’s Super Rugby competition.
Meanwhile, three other players are ineligible for inclusion in the Currie Cup, namely contracted Springboks Beast Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen and the injured Pat Lambie.
The Durbanites started their Currie Cup campaign with a 47-12 loss to the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, before beating the Pumas 29-0 in Durban last weekend.
They host Griquas at Kings Park on Friday (19:00 kick-off).Teams:
15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 S’busiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit
Substitutes: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Inny Radebe
15 George Whitehead, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 AJ Coertzen (captain), 10 Andre Swarts, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Shaun McDonald, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Devon Martinus
Substitutes: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen,18 Wandile Putuma, 19 De Wet Kruger, 20 Sias Koen, 21 Renier Botha, 22 Eric Zana