As speculation mounts about the composition of the Boks World Cup squad, two Sharks players appear to have had their selection hopes dashed. While it’s of course premature to say anything with certainty, the presence of Lwazi Mvovo and Jean Deysel at Sharks practice today does indicate that the pair won’t be on the plane when the Boks depart for New Zealand next month.
According to an article on SuperSport, coach John Plumtree has indicated that both players will be available for selection against the Lions this weekend. It’s a pretty ironic twist, seeing that wing and blindside flank are the two positions where the Sharks are particularly well-served, with youngsters like Marcell Coetzee, Sbura Sithole and Mark Richards stepping up well in the absence of the established stars.
Only a fool would turn down the services of a Deysel or an Mvovo in this year’s somewhat understrength competition, though as both are players who have shown the ability to turn matches in the past. With a tricky set of away fixtures against the Lions and Blue Bulls coming up over the next fortnight, Plumtree could be forgiven for wearing a bit of a smile, even if the players themselves might not see the bright side of this situation just yet.
In other team news, the coach is apparently not happy with Marius Joubert’s conditioning and looks set to drop the veteran for this weekend’s game in order to get him into better shape. With Stefan Terblanche another who might sit out, due to the birth of his son this morning, there’s a possibility that Adi Jacobs might enjoy a rare start in the number 13 jersey against the Lions this weekend,Tweet