Will coach allow Bok squad Sharks to play against Lions?

2009-06-06 00:00

THE Sharks are still hoping to have a couple of their Springboks released for next Wednesday night’s game against the British Lions at King’s Park.

The Sharks have 10 players in the Bok squad of 28 and obviously they will not all be in the match squad of 22 for the first Test in Durban on June 20.

The Sharks, who have practised four times this week for the game against the tourists, still had not heard by last night whether Bok coach Peter de Villiers would release those who are outside the 22 for provincial duty.

It is unlikely that wing Odwa Ndungane and number eight Ryan Kankowski will make the match squad for the Durban Test and the Sharks hope to have them on Wednesday night.

”We don’t know what is happening,” said Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford last night. “It would be unfair if some players miss out on the Tests and are also not allowed to play in the provincial games. As you know, Lions tours take place only once in 12 years and players are desperate to play against them.”

The Sharks in the Emerging Springbok side are available for Wednesday’s game and De Villiers also attempted (unsuccessfully) to force Earl Rose, who is the only player in both squads, into the Golden Lions team to play the British Lions.

The Sharks will have regulars Stefan Terblanche, Rory Kockott, locks Johann Muller and Steven Sykes, prop Jannie du Plessis and loose forwards Keegan Daniel, Jacques Botes and Jean Deysel available to play the Lions along with such players as Chris Jordaan and Luzuko Vulindlu, centres Riaan Swanepoel and Andries Strauss, flyhalf Monty Dumond, prop Patric Cilliers and hooker Skipper Badenhorst who have all seen Super 14 action.

Wednesday’s game kicks off at 7.10 pm.

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