The Cell C Sharks XV be taking their preparations for the SuperSport Rugby Challenge to Nelspruit this weekend as they take on the Steval Pumas in awarm-up match before the tournament kicks off later this month.
The Cell C Sharks XV take on the Pumas at White River Rugby Club on Saturday at 3pm in their quest to ready themselves for the competition which will see them opening their campaign on Saturday 21st April.
Western Province won the inaugural tournament last year, battled out between the 14 South African rugby unions and Namibia in three pools, representing the North, South and Central districts.
The Cell C Sharks XV are pooled with Free State, the Griffons, Griquas and Leopards in the central group, and will take on Griquas in their opening match.
Coach Ricardo Loubscher has selected a strong team with numerous youngsters, to be captained by the vastly experienced Keegan Daniel.
Along with the 11 Under 21 players picked, he has the advantage of throwing in experience including the likes of Daniel at eighthman, flank Wian Vosloo, scrumhalf Michael Claassens and centre Jeremy Ward, all of whom have represented the senior Cell C Sharks in recent times.
|1. Jordan Els||16. Andrew du Plessis|
|2. Kerron Van Vuuren||17. Bandisa Ndlovu|
|3. Khutha Mchunu||18. JP Smith|
|4. Gideon Koegelenberg||19. Rikus Zwart|
|5. Andrew Evans||20. William Squires|
|6. Wian Vosloo||21. Grant Williams|
|7. Kwanda Dimaza||22. Jeremy Ward|
|8. Keegan Daniel (Captain)||23. Courtney Winnaar|
|9. Michael Claassens||24. Cornelius Otto|
|10. Danrich Visagie|
|11. Ilunga Mukendi|
|12. Johan Deysel (Vice Captain)|
|13. Alwayno Visagie|
|14. Morne Joubert|
|15. Aphelele Fasi|