The Sharks will again travel to Cape Town to take part in the now annual Neo Africa Tri-Series – only this year it will be an all-South African affair at Newlands.
Australian outfit, the Western Force, joined the Sharks and the Stormers in the inaugural three-team series last year, but in 2011 the Men from Perth will be replaced by the Lions who will join the two South African coastal franchises to make it an all-SA affair.
The 2011 Neo Africa Tri-Series will take place from January 28 to February 5, with a replay of the 2010 Currie Cup Final – as a Durban side takes on a Cape side – closing out the series.
The first match kicks-off on Friday, January 28 when the Stormers host the Lions at Newlands at 7pm.
The next match (Tuesday, February 1) sees The Sharks and Lions battling it out (also at 7pm), with the series finale taking place on Saturday, February 5 between the Stormers and the Sharks – scheduled for 5pm.
The Sharks will play their opening Super 15 match two weeks later when they host the Cheetahs on February 19 in Durban (at 5.05pm), whilst the Lions play host to the Bulls later that night at 7.10pm.
The Stormers have a first-round bye before getting their 2011 season underway against the Lions – at Newlands, again – on February 26.