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Sharks get main Bok increase



Eben Etzebeth is among the many 5 Springboks who will return to motion for the struggling Sharks of their Vodacom URC conflict with Dragons on Saturday.

The injection of World Cup-winning Springboks again into the Sharks fold is a significant increase for John Plumtree’s staff for Saturday night time’s match in Durban.

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Plumtree has welcomed again lock Etzebeth, scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse, wing Makazole Mapimpi into the beginning lineup alongside Lukhanyo Am, who takes on the captaincy duties after making his return final week. Nationwide teammates Ox Nche and Grant Williams will add firepower off the bench.

The opposite main change to the beginning lineup sees Fez Mbatha return to motion, taking up from Dylan Richardson at hooker after the Kearsney Faculty outdated boy needed to have surgical procedure to his thumb, placing him out of motion for about eight weeks.

The Sharks are on the hunt for his or her first win of the Vodacom URC season, having misplaced all 5 of their fixtures so far.

Sharks – 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Francois Venter, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Phepsi Buthelezi, 6 James Venter, 5 Emile van Heerden, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu.
Subs: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Hanro Jacobs, 19 Corne Rahl, 20 Jeandre Labuschagne, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Boeta Chamberlain, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Pictures

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