The Cell C Sharks has named their first side for this years Super Rugby tournament for this weekend clash with the Emirates Lions.
Robert du Preez in his first season with the Sharks after moving from Western Province last year will start the match at the pivot number ten jumper.
He will be partner with Cameron White at nine and on his outside he has experience Esterhuizen and Am in the midfield.
The excitement in the Sharks backline does not stop there as they have Mapimpi and Nkosi on the wing.
Mvovo will take his place at fullback which makes an exciting backline first up for the Sharks.
Coach Robert Du Preez is happy with his team and that they can start the season.
“This squad has worked extremely hard in the pre-season and what’s especially pleasing to see is the vibe and excitement in the group.
Every player was given an opportunity during the warm-up games and so many of them put their hands up, which made it extremely difficult to decide on our matchday 23. Naturally, the guys who have been left out will feel desperately disappointed as they have all put in the hard yards.
I stressed the fact that this campaign is going to be a squad effort and every guy will be called upon, at different stages, to contribute to the team’s goals.
“This is an important game and a great start will set the tone for our campaign. We are excited to go out there and play.”
Akker van der Merwe who has moved from the Lions to the Sharks last year with Du Preez and Mapimpi will earn their first caps for the Sharks on Saturday.
The talented Curwin Bosch will start from the bench as well as Daniel du Preez
- Lwazi Mvovo
14. Sbu Nkosi
13. Lukhanyo Am
12. Andre Esterhuizen
11. Makazole Mapimpi
10. Robert du Preez
9. Cameron Wright
8. Keegan Daniel
7. Jacques Vermeulen
6. Philip van der Walt
5. Stephan Lewies
4. Ruan Botha (c)
3. Thomas du Toit
2. Franco Marais
1. Juan SchoemanReplacements
16. Akker van der Merwe
17. John-Hubert Meyer
18. Beast Mtawarira
19. Hyron Andrews
20. Daniel du Preez
21. Michael Claassens
22. Curwin Bosch
23. Kobus van Wyk
The Match can be followed live on Saturday