Fit-again Fassi returns to No 15 jersey as Sharks change 5 for Harlequins

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Aphelele Fassi during a Sharks training session. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Aphelele Fassi during a Sharks training session. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Sharks speedster Aphelele Fassi will start a match for the first time in four months on Saturday in a Champions Cup clash against Harlequins in London.

The highly-rated 24-year-old has been out with a shoulder injury, though he did get 20 minutes off the bench against Bordeaux in Durban last weekend. 

Fassi slots in at fullback, replacing the injured Boeta Chamberlain, while Bongi Mbonambi - also injured - is out for Kerron van Vuuren. 

Elsewhere, Curwin Bosch is back at flyhalf, Phepsi Buthelezi comes in for Sikhumbuzo Nothse at No 8 and Thaakir Abrahams starts in place of the suspended Makazole Mapimpi. 

The Sharks have already qualified for the round of 16 courtesy of their three straight victories, but a win on Saturday will guarantee a home clash in the next round.

Kick-off is at 15:00.


15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Thaakir Abrahams, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Lionel Cronje, 23 Francois Venter

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