Lukhanyo Am. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)
Sharks coach Sean Everitt has named his team for Saturday’s preparation series encounter against the Lions in Johannesburg.
Everitt made wholesale changes to the side that lost 39-38 to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last week.
In the backline, regular captain Lukhanyo Am is back at outside centre in place of Jeremy Ward. Am will partner Rynhard Jonker in midfield, with Murray Koster dropping out.
Werner Kok and Yaw Penxe are also new additions on the wings, replacing Thaakir Abrahams and Anthony Volmink respectively.
Boeta Chamberlain replaces Jordan Chait at flyhalf, while Sanele Nohamba comes in at scrumhalf for Grant Williams.
Up front, Sikhumbuzo Notshe replaces Phepsi Buthelezi at No 8, Mphilo Gumede comes in for Thembelani Bholi in the No 7 jersey and Hanco Venter for James Venter at No 6.
In the second row, former Cheetahs stalwart Reniel Hugo replaces Hyron Andrews in the No 5 jersey and Le Roux Roets comes in for JJ van der Mescht at No 4.
In the front row, tighhead prop John-Hubert Meyer keeps his spot, while Dan Jooste is a new addition at hooker, replacing Kerron van Vuuren. Mzamo Majola is the new loosehead, starting in place of Khwezi Mona.
There’s still new sign of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, who was recently recruited from the Stormers.
Saturday’s clash at Ellis Park kicks off at 16:15.
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Rynhard Jonker, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Mpilo Gumede, 6 Henco Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Dan Jooste, 1 Mzamo Majola
Substitutes: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Emile van Heerden, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Curwin Bosch, 23 Marius Louw