Sharks XV lock Johan Snyman is the latest Sharks Academy product to be called up to the Super 14 squad this year, joining flanker Skholiwe Ndlovu, wing Luzuko Vulindlu and wing Riaan Swanepoel, all of whom are on tour in Australia.
Mike Greenaway writes in The Mercury that the 22-year-old Snyman replaces Alistair Hargreaves who has returned home because of an ankle injury.
Snyman, who is originally from Nelspruit, played for SA Schools and SA Under-21 and last year. John Plumtree sent him to Murray Mexted’s rugby academy in New Zealand, and after that he played a season in the Air New Zealand Cup, their provincial championship.
Snyman is not expected to feature against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday because Albert van den Berg is fit again and will take Hargreaves’s place on the bench as backup to Johann Muller and Steven Sykes.
There was fairly good news about Jean Deysel.
The powerful flank returned home after injuring knee ligaments against the Chiefs and there were fears that he might not be seen again in this year’s competition.
But the latest medical prognosis is that he will be out for four to six weeks.
Meanwhile, reports from Brisbane say that the battling Reds have suffered some injury setbacks. Experienced lock Van Humphries has been ruled out, as has prop Greg Holmes.
The former will be replaced by Ezra Taylor and Holmes will be replaced by 20-year-old greenhorn Ben Daley, who will be making his run-on debut having made one appearance off the bench last year.Tweet