Sharks Champions Cup

Sharks duo Siya Kolisi and Bongi Mbonambi. Photo: PA.

Sharks, Bulls unveil Champions Cup touring squads

The Sharks will be without Bongi Mbonambi for this Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash against Harlequins.

Sharks Champions Cup

Sharks duo Siya Kolisi and Bongi Mbonambi. Photo: PA.

Sharks boss Neil Powell has named a 28-man touring squad that will travel tonight to London for their Champions Cup return leg pool match against Harlequins at The Stoop on Saturday.

The two teams met in early December at Hollywoodbets Kings Park in the first round and theSharks’ first taste of Heineken Cup rugby, with the Durban side running out 39-31 victors.


The Sharks come into this weekend’s game off the back of a rewarding 32-3 victory over Bordeaux, their third in the tournament which has elevated them to  second spot in Pool A, while Harlequins are seventh with a solitary victory to date, defeating Racing 92 14-10 in round two, but losing to the same French side 30-29 over the last weekend.

Powell has had to leave Bongi Mbonambi and Boeta Chamberlain behind, the pair having left the field against Bordeaux after taking knocks, but the rest of the side that featured so dominantly remains. Curwin Bosch, a late withdrawal from that game, has been passed fit and is featured among the tourists.

Also included in the travel group are Thaakir Abrahams, Grant Williams, Fez Mbatha, Hanru Jacobs and Reniel  Hugo.

Sharks Touring Squad

Aphelele FassiCarlu Sadie
Ben TapuaiDan Jooste
Cameron WrightEben Etzebeth
Curwin BoschFez Mbatha
Grant WilliamsGerbrandt Grobler
Jaden HendrikseHanru Jacobs
Lionel CronjeHyron Andrews
Lukhanyo AmKerron van Vuuren
Makazole MapimpiNtuthuko Mchunu
Marnus PotgieterOx Nche
Rohan Janse van RensburgPhepsi Buthelezi
Thaakir AbrahamsReniel Hugo
Sikhumbuzo Notshe
Siya Kolisi
Thomas du Toit
Vincent Tshituka

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Meanwhile, the Bulls have named a 31-men European touring squad that will do battle in the against Lyon in the Champions Cup, and the 2022/23 Vodacom United Rugby Championship versus Scarlets.

The side departs OR Tambo International Airport – on Tuesday 17 January 2023 – headed to France for their round 4 tie against Lyon in the Champions Cup at the Matmut Stadium de Gerland. Thereafter, the Pretoria outfit will fly to the United Kingdom, to begin preparations for round 13 of the URC.

The Bulls begin their travel up North on a quest to confirm progress into the round of 16 in the Champions Cup whilst also looking to cement a spot in the playoffs of the United Rugby Championship, where they currently rank thirrd behind the Stormers and Leinster respectively.

BULLS TRAVELLING SQUAD: 1. Run Nortje (c), 2. Simphiwe Matanzima, 3. Bismarck Du Plessis, 4. Francois Klopper, 5. Run Vermaak, 6. Janko Swanepoel, 7. Marco Van Staden, 8. Cyle Brink, 9. Embrose Papier, 10. Johan Goosen, 11. David Kriel, 12. Gerhard Steenekamp, 13. Johan Grobbelaar, 14. Moray Smith, 16. Reinhardt Ludwig, 17. Wandisile Simelane, 18. Dylan Smith, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Elrigh Louw, 21. Zak Burger, 22. Chris Smith, 23. Stravino Jacobs, 24. Jan Hendrik Wessels, 25. Kurt-Lee Arendse, 26. Harold Vorster, 27. Lionel Mapoe, 28. Canan Moodie, 29. Bernard Van Der Linde, 30. Morne Steyn, 31. Coral Hendricks


Saturday, 10 December 2022: Bulls 42-36 Lyon

Saturday, 17 December 2022: Exeter Chiefs 44-14 Bulls

Saturday, 14 January 2023: Bulls 39-28 Exeter Chiefs

Friday, 20 January 2023: Lyon vs Bulls


Morne Steyn will captain the Bulls in the Champions Cup. Photo: Anton Geyser/Gallo Images.
Morne Steyn will be back in the Champions Cup. Photo: Anton Geyser/Gallo Images.