Durban - Springboks Marcell Coetzee, Cobus Reinach and Pat Lambie have all been included in the Sharks starting team to host the Crusaders in their Super Rugby clash at Kings Park on Saturday.
The trio return after being rested for last week’s 15-9 home win over the Force.
Lambie and Reinach replace Frans Steyn and Conrad Hoffmann, respectively, with Lambie taking over the captaincy. Steyn has been suspended for five weeks for a tip tackle.
Loose forward Renaldo Bothma gets a deserved rest after starting all but one match so far this season.
Bothma will take comfort from his man-of-the-match award against the Force last week and will provide firepower off the bench, with Coetzee taking his place in the starting team.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Kings Park is scheduled for 15:00.
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Pat Lambie (captain), 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Mouritz Botha, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Renaldo Bothma, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Fred Zeilinga, 23. Waylon Murray
15 Israel Dagg, 14 David Havili, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Richie McCaw, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Nafi Tuitavake