Nkosi out to shine against Bulls
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sibusiso Nkosi will be looking to show the national selectors just why they have shown faith in him after being included in the Springbok squad for the two remaining home matches of the 2017 Rugby Championship.
Nkosi will play his final game for the Sharks against the Blue Bulls before he joins the Bok squad in Bloemfontein.
The 21-year-old former Junior Springbok is currently the joint top try scorer in the Currie Cup competition and will no doubt play with a spring in his step following the good news.
Another Springbok squad member Daniel du Preez replaces Lubabalo Mtembu at No.8 while Jacques Vermeulen returns to the side at flank, which means Tyler Paul moves to lock in place of Jean Droste.
There are two changes in the front row, Thomas du Toit is back in the starting team after playing off the bench last week, swapping jerseys with Juan Schoeman, while Mahlatse Ralepelle comes in for Franco Marais at hooker.
There is just one change to the backline. Louis Schreuder, who was also called up to the Springboks squad, has been granted leave to attend a family event with Michael Claassens replacing him at scrumhalf.
Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Classens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Rhyno Smith.
Date: Saturday, September 23
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Ruhan Meiring, Rodney Boneparte
TMO: Christie du Preez