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URC 2021/22 – The Cell C Sharks

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One of the stringer Franchises in South Africa at the moment is the Cell C Sharks and they will be one of the teams South Africans will be hoping to do well in the URC.

They have been second best to the Vodacom Bulls since we return to rugby after COVID locked down the world of sports but are a team with a great squad who can make a impact in the competition.

Head coach of the Sharks have picked his strongest 34-man squad possible for this tour of four matches starting this weekend against the Irish team Munster.

They will be touring through Ireland, Scotland and Wales on this tour.

The coach selected two and sometimes three players in a position to make sure he has the backup if he run into injuries. With COVID protocols inlace one has to make sure you have backup as flying in players is not an option.

Sharks fans got some exciting news when Cheetahs captain Ruan Pienaar was selected as a loan player as well as Tian Meyer who will make the trip with the men in black and white.

He also selected Ruben van Heerden and Hyron Andrews who returned after injury and will be playing their part in this difficult tour first up.

Phepsi Buthelezi who has lead the Sharks side in the Currie Cup will continue in that role for the Sharks in the URC.

The Sharks is one of the most effected franchises with players at the Springboks currently on tour in Australia for the Rugby Championship but have shown they have plenty of depth to be competitive.

There is a good mix between young and experiences players in the squad which makes this tour a bit exciting to see how they do against the top teams in Europe.

The Sharks have been a good touring side in the past when they played in the Super Rugby Competition and Everitt will want them to keep that good record in-tack when the travel to Europe.

This opening weekend will be a difficult one for the Sharks having to play Munster. Then they move to Scotland to play Glasgow before going to Wales to face Ospreys and Cardiff.

We expect some great things from this Sharks side and want to see players like Richardson, Mbatha, Van Vuuren and Buthelezi show that they are players off the future.

Here is the Cell C Sharks touring squad:

Forwards: Dan Jooste, Dylan Richardson, Fez Mbatha, Gebrandt Grobler, Henco Venter, Hyron Andrews, James Venter, Kerron van Vuuren, Khutha Mchunu, Khwezi Mona, Le Roux Roets, Lourens Adriaanse, Mpilo Gumede, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Phepsi Buthelezi, Reniel Hugo, Ruben van Heerden, Thembelani Bholi, Thomas du Toit, Wiehahn Herbst

Backs: Anthony Volmink, Boeta Chamberlain, Curwin Bosch, Jeremy Ward, Marius Louw, Marnus Potgieter, Murray Koster, Ruan Pienaar, Rynhardt Jonker, Sanele Nohamba, Thaakir Abrahams, Tian Meyer, Werner Kok, Yaw Penxe

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