News from the Sharks camp this morning is not so positive, with reports that Dale Chadwick has broken his foot. The Sharks twitter feed reports that the prop will be out for 4 to 6 weeks with a stress fracture.
Chadwick started last season’s Super Rugby campaign as the only loosehead in the squad, playing a ridiculous amount of rugby before Beast Mtawarira returned from injury. Chadwick played a decent holding role in his absence, gaining valuable experience, which showed during the Currie Cup.
Chadwick’s loss is Alan Dell’s gain, as the young prop is likely to see some bench time as the squad’s other loosehead, while Danie Mienie is likely to get a call into the squad as further cover.
The other option available to Sharks management is to look for experienced cover, and with the Lions out of Super Rugby action, a loan deal with one of their experienced players might be good for both parties.
This is the Sharks’ second front row injury concern with Bismarck du Plessis confirmed out until mid-April, with Craig Burden and Kyle Cooper likely to share the duties early in the season, with Monde Hadebe the other hooker available.Tweet