Lions players start training with the Sharks

The Sharks have called up Lions players Jaco Kriel and Andries Coetzee for training and assessment as the Durban side look to ease their current injury crisis according to coach John Plumtree.

The Sharks are struggling with injuries in several areas so the 23-year-old Lions duo Kriel and Coetzee have started training with them this week.

Flanker Kriel and Coetzee, who can play either wing or fullback, will be looking to join fellow Lions player Franco van der Merwe, already on loan at the Sharks following the Johannesburg franchise’s relegation from Super Rugby.

“I’ve got Jaco Kriel here from the Lions at the moment and he’s just visiting, looking at the place and is going to train with us this afternoon,” Plumtree said.

“Andries Coetzee is here as well. We’ll have a look at him.”

The Sharks have also promoted academy player Sean Robinson, also a young winger and fullback, from their Vodacom Cup side to the Super Rugby set-up.

Senior men Bismarck du Plessis (knee), Willem Alberts (shoulder), Butch James (knee), Louis Ludik (shoulder), Tim Whitehead (hand), Jacques Botes (hand) and Jean Deysel (ankle) are presently out, although the latter may return this week.

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