Durban - The Sharks have suffered another blow ahead of their first Super Rugby outing this weekend after utility back Curwin Bosch was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
The Durban-based franchise are set to kick off their 2019 season against the Sunwolves in Singapore on Saturday at 12:55 (South African time).
The Robert du Preez senior-coached Sharks team is expected to leave Durban on Tuesday and Bosch will not be part of the 25-man travelling squad.
Du Preez confirmed the fullback/flyhalf is no longer available for selection.
“Curwin got a big shot on his shoulder so he is also out of the tour,” said Du Preez.
Before his injury, Bosch started both pre-season matches, against the Lions and Bulls, ahead of preferred pivot, Robert du Preez junior.
The coach said although Du Preez junior wasn’t selected in the previous two matches because they were managing him.
“We were just managing Rob (Du Preez junior), you know he is coming back from playing overseas, but we were probably going to start with Curwin in Singapore, but he got injured now,” he said.
Bosch joins flanks Jean-Luc du Preez and Philip van der Walt, who are long-term injuries on the sideines Centre Marius Louw is also doubtful for the trip to Sunwolves.
Super Rugby Round 1 fixtures:
Friday, February 15
Chiefs v Highlanders - 08:35
Brumbies v Rebels - 10:45
Saturday, February 16
Blues v Crusaders - 08:35
Waratahs v Hurricanes - 10:45
Sunwolves v Sharks - 12:55
Bulls v Stormers - 17:15
Jaguares v Lions - 11:40