Sharks start Kankowski against Melbourne Rebels

The Sharks have named their team to play the Rebels and have brought Ryan Kankowski back for this weekend’s match at Kings Park in Durban.

Kankowski comes in to the starting line up to replace Renaldo Bothma who moves to No.6 while Willem Alberts is subject to a late fitness test at 7 and has been bracketed with Etienne Oosthuizen.

Bothma moves from No.8 to No.6 which pushes Marcell Coetzee out of the match day squad.

In the backline Andre Esterhuizen comes in to replace Frans Steyn who drops out of the squad for this week which is the only change in the starting back line.

On the replacements bench Matt Stevens replaces Dale Chadwick and Lubabalo Mtyanda comes in for Mouritz Botha while Khaya Majola is on standby should Etienne Oosthuizen be called into the starting line up.

Heimar Williams is named on the replacements bench taking over from Andre Esterhuizen.


15. Lwazi Mvovo , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. JP Pietersen , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. S’bura Sithole , 10. Lionel Cronje , 9. Stefan Ungerer , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Willem Alberts / Etienne Oosthuizen , 6. Renaldo Bothma , 5. Marco Wentzel (Captain) , 4. Mouritz Botha , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Franco Marais , 17. Matt Stevens , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Lubabalo Mtyanda , 20. Etienne Oosthuizen / Khaya Majola , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Fred Zeilinga , 23. Heimar Williams

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