Sharks squad finalised
The Sharks' 2013 Super Rugby squad shows no great surprises with two players drafted in from outside, a couple of new faces that have been in the system and the regulars.
According to The Sharks' official website, a settled squad is exactly what the Durban-based franchise present this year. Franco van der Merwe and Butch James having represented the Lions previously are the only newcomers this year - although James spent the bulk of his career with The Sharks.
Allan Dell has shown good early form and has been in the system for some time, so it is a natural progression for this youngster who can play on either side of the front row. He is joined by another youngster, Pieter-Steph du Toit, who represented The Sharks last year before a season-ending injury.
Du Toit was part of the victorious SA U20 side that won the IRB Junior World Championship and will serve The Sharks at lock and loose-forward.
Kyle Cooper, Monde Hadebe, Paul Jordaan, Jandre Marais, Peet Marais, Tera Mtembu, Cobus Reinach, Sibusiso Sithole, Riaan Viljoen and Tim Whitehead may not be established stars, but they have been in the system for a season or two and now boast valuable experience
The squad is rounded off by all the old familiar faces: world champions, Springboks and crowd favourites, all focused on delivering a great season ahead.
The Sharks squad: Willem Alberts, Meyer Bosman, Jacques Botes, Anton Bresler, Craig Burden, Dale Chadwick, Marcell Coetzee, Kyle Cooper, Keegan Daniel, Allan Dell, Jean Deysel, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Monde Hadebe, Wiehahn Herbst, Butch James, Paul Jordaan, Ryan Kankowski, Pat Lambie, Louis Ludik, Jandre Marais, Peet Marais, Charl McLeod, Tendai Mtawarira, Lubabalo Mtembu, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Cobus Reinach, Sibusiso Sithole, Francois Steyn, Franco van der Merwe, Riaan Viljoen, Tim Whitehead.