According to a recent interview with the Sharks website, coach John Plumtree looks to be putting his faith in a squad of only 28 players for the upcoming Super Rugby tournament.
With other teams having named squads with between 30 and 32 players in them, the Sharks have settled on a core group of 28, who are currently training together, with Jean Deysel the only current injury concern. The squad contains few newcomers and boasts good depth in most positions – comprising the bulk of the team that won the Currie Cup last year, along with three new backs in Meyer Bosman, Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Conrad Hoffman.
Interestingly, there is little room for any of the young players that came through for the Sharks when the chips were down last season. Patrick Lambie and Lwazi Mvovo are, of course, established members of the squad by now, but others like Anton Bresler, Kyle Cooper, Wiehahn Herbst and Piet Lindeque will have to make do with Vodacom Cup rugby for the time being. We reported a few days ago that Pumas scrumhalf Tian Meyer was understood to be training with the side; there has been no official confirmation of a place in the squad for him at this stage, though. Plumtree did indicate that Mark Richards – a young winger who is highly-rated by the coach – could come into the Super Rugby picture in the near future though.
Here is the current Sharks squad of 28. 27 of them (that is, the entire squad except Deysel) will leave for a training camp in Rustenburg next week.
Forwards: Beast Mtawarira, John Smit, Jannie du Plessis, Eugene van Staden, Bismarck du Plessis, Craig Burden, Steven Sykes, Alistair Hargreaves, Ross Skeate, Gerhard Mostert, Keegan Daniel, Jacques Botes, Willem Alberts, Jean Deysel, Ryan Kankowski
Backs: Charl McLeod, Conrad Hoffmann, Patrick Lambie, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Meyer Bosman, Riaan Swanepoel, Adrian Jacobs, Stefan Terblanche, Luzuko Vulindlu, JP Pietersen, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, Louis Ludik