The Sharks get back into the swing of things this week, with preparations for the upcoming Currie Cup season kicking off in earnest. While a number of the players who carried a heavy workload during the Super 14 are still enjoying some rest, there were some fresh faces present as a fair few young players from the Sharks XV have been called up to the Currie Cup training squad.
The bulk of the pack that represented the Sharks in the Vodacom Cup have been pulled in, with Pat Cilliers, Wiehahn Herbst and Sabelo Nhlapo due to swell the front-row ranks. Hooker Kyle Cooper, lock Anton Bresler and loose forwards Justin Downey, Skholiwe Ndlovu, Luvo Lusaseni and Mike Rhodes have also made the grade.
An interesting call-up is that of Jacques Venter, a flyhalf veteran from the local club scene who put in a few good performances for the Fifteen as a stand-in for Monty Dumond. Other Vodacom Cup backs to receive call-ups include Mark Richards, Luzuko Vulindlu, Jean Stemmet and Jerome Pretorius. Further good news is that Louis Ludik is very much in the picture as he continues his comeback from injury.
Former Free State and SA Sevens winger Lionel Mapoe trained with the team on Monday, as expected.
The Sharks play a compulsory friendly against the Valke on the 11th of June, before getting their Currie Cup campaign underway against Griquas a month later. The ABSA Under 21 competition kicks off the same weekend, with the Sharks juniors taking on Boland in their opening match. Under 21 coaches Swys de Bruyn and Rudolf Straueli held trials today to start the process of narrowing down the age-group talent into a squad to participate in that competition.Tweet