No Schalk Brits, a doubtful Bongi Mbonambi … the Springboks may offer scope for new faces in the key hooking berth in mid-year, writes Rob Houwing.
Schalk Brits' appeal against his red card ban has failed and the Bulls' hooker has been banned for four Super Rugby matches.
Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe has been banned for three matches after he was red carded against the Bulls for punching.
Bulls coach Pote Human has labelled the red card incident from Saturday's clash against the Sharks as "unfortunate".
Hookers Schalk Brits and Akker van der Merwe have laughed off their fist fight following their South African Super Rugby encounter in Durban.
The Sharks are confident that they can fill the void left by the departures of Akker van der Merwe and Robert du Preez.
SA Rugby and Western Province will have to fork out large amounts if they wish to keep Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff in South Africa.
Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe has undergone a minor knee procedure but is expected to be fit for the start of Super Rugby 2019.
Rob Houwing anticipates some disbelief from Durban, now home of the domestic champions, over the Bok shunning of Akker van der Merwe.
Some SA wags might be forgiven for a wee bit more concern over the Bok starting XV than bench for the first Test against England, reckons Rob Houwing.
The Sharks will be without the services of a few players who have minor niggles ahead of their clash against the Lions.
In a scarcely believable sequence of events, Bulls hooker Schalk Brits has been given a FOUR-week ban following his red card against the Sharks in Durban.
Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says the two red cards dished out at Kings Park on Saturday were fair.
Sharks coach Robert du Preez says he cannot condone the actions of hookers Akker van der Merwe and Schalk Brits following Saturday's Super Rugby derby.
Rob Houwing reflects on a Saturday that did desperately little to advance any Super Rugby title credentials of South African teams.
English club Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Springbok hooker Akker van der Merwe from the Durban-based franchise, the Sharks.
English club Sale Sharks reportedly have their sights set on five Springboks.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has explained his decision-making process at hooker for the upcoming year-end tour in Europe.
The breakup of the team’s spine at competition’s end means it is do or die for the Lions’ title quest in Super Rugby in the next few weeks, says Rob Houwing.
Rassie Erasmus has included 17 uncapped players in his first Springbok squad of 43 for the four Tests next month.
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