Burden to Argentina in injured Akker's place

Burden to Argentina in injured Akker's place

Uncapped Springbok hooker Craig Burden has been included in the Sharks’ 25-man touring squad to Argentina in place of Springbok hooker Akker van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe is vying for a World Cup berth, but his season has been interrupted by  suspension an injury, while Burden has twice had to withdraw from the Sharks squad because of injury after returning from overseas where he played in France since 2013.

Burden has been selected as the first-choice hooker against the Jaguares with Kerron van Vuuren as the replacement.

Prop Beast Mtawarira, not fully fit yet, and scrumhalf Cameron Wright will also miss the trip due to injury niggles. Scrumhalf Zee Makhabela and centre Jeremy Ward have been recalled to the squad.

The Sharks play the Jaguares in Buenos Aires this weekend in a must-win match before facing the Stormers at Newlands in the last round before the playoffs.

Sharks squad –

Forwards
Coenie Oosthuizen, Craig Burden, Daniel du Preez, Hyron Andrews, Jacques Vermeulen, Jean-Luc du Preez, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman, Kerron van Vuuren, Mzamo Majola, Ruan Botha, Ruben van Heerden, Thomas du Toit, Tyler Paul.
Backs
Louis Schreuder (captain), André Esterhuizen, Aphelele Fassi, Curwin Bosch, Jeremy Ward, Kobus van Wyk, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Robert du Preez, Sbu Nkosi, Zee Makhabela.