Sharks reveal first Super Rugby training squad

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has released the named of his provisional Super Rugby pre-season training squad.

The training squad will also be bolstered by the return of our Japanese based players, namely Marcell Coetzee, Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen, Jacques Potgieter and Renaldo Bothma, who will join the squad in January 2016.

A new name on the list is that of Stormers lock, Ruan Botha who joins us on a two-year deal.

Commenting on his signing Gary Gold added: “Ruan is a young player with a bright future ahead of him. He was part of the SA U/20 squad that won the IRB Junior Championship in 2012 and we look forward to his progress in the black and white jersey.”

The Sharks have also advised that a number of players have been released from their contracts to pursue other options. These include : Jco van Tonder , JC Astle , Lionel Cronje , Marco Wentzel , Waylon Murray , Wiehan Hay

Sharks Super Rugby training squad

Forwards

Ayron Schramm , Barend Potgieter , Christiaan de Bruin , Coenie Oosthuizen , Dale Chadwick , David McDuling , Etienne Oosthuizen , Franco Marais , Francois Kleinhans , Gerhard Engelbrecht , Hyron Andrews , Jean Deysel , Kyle Cooper , Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira , Lubabalo Mtyanda , Monde Hadebe , Mzamo Majola , Philip van der Walt , Ruan Botha , Sias Koen , Thomas du Toit

Backs

Andre Esterhuizen , Cobus Reinach , Garth April , Heimar Williams , Innocent Radebe , Joe Pietersen , Johan Deysel , Lukhanyo Am , Lwazi Mvovo , Marius Louw , Michael Claassens , Odwa Ndungane , Patrick Lambie , Paul Jordaan , Sibusiso Nkosi , S’bura Sithole , Stefan Ungerer , Wandile Mjekevu

Players currently undergoing rehab, due to injury: Beast Mtawarira , Conrad Hoffmann , Daniel du Preez , Jean-Luc du Preez , Juan Schoeman , Khaya Majola , Lourens Adriaanse , Stephan Lewies , Tera Mtembu

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