Super Rugby

Sharks, Manie Libbok set for return to training

While many KwaZulu-Natal sports teams are still in the dark about when they will resume group training under Level 3 of the lockdown, the Sharks will return to training on Monday.

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Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa gave the green light for non-contact and contact sport to resume training under Level 3 restrictions.

Level 3 commenced on Monday, June 1 and teams have not been able to train together or have any action since March because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, it’s still not clear when teams will take to the field for competitive action.

Sharks communications manager Novashni Chetty has told The Witness that the reason they can’t start group training this week is that they want to ensure that all the required safety protocols are put in place.

“We are using this week to complete our sanitisation of various areas at our base and medical testing of all our players and team management.

“We will start our training on Monday morning in small groups,” said Chetty.

“We’ve got a Covid-19 management task team that has been put together and they’ve got stringent measures in place to ensure that we adhere to all the social distancing and hygiene protocols.

“We are just ensuring that we’ve ticked all the boxes, get everything ready so that our players, management, and everybody will be as safe as possible.”

Sharks coach Sean Everitt will also welcome his new recruit, Manie Libbok, at training on Monday while Springbok Sevens star Werner Kok joins next month.

While local Absa Premiership team Maritzburg United are hopeful to resume training before the end of this week, the province’s only professional cricket franchise, the Dolphins, are still seeking more clarity.

Team of Choice chairman Farouk Kadodia said as soon as all the safety measures are observed, coach Eric Tinkler and his men will begin training.

KZN Cricket chief executive Heinrich Strydom said they were still working with the Department of Sports and Recreation as well as Cricket South Africa just to understand who can return to training as they have professional and semi-professional contracted players.

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