DURBAN – Stormers imports Leolin Zas and Robert du Preez junior as well as injured Coenie Oosthuizen have been included in the Sharks 45-man 2018 Super Rugby squad that was announced on Thursday. Oosthuizen tore knee ligaments playing for the Springbok against Wales last November and coach Robert du Preez senior said last week that the front row would miss Super Rugby entirely.
That assessment seems to have changed although the coach didn’t address Oosthuizen’s fitness directly when he named the squad.
“We have made a decision to move Thomas du Toit to tightness this season,” said Du Preez senior.
“We have chatted to [scrum coaching expert] Pieter de Villiers about it and Thomas is 100 per cent committed to the change.
“We are not going to vacillate with Thomas this season.”
Flyhalf Rob du Preez will team up with his father in what is a powerful group with 12 Springboks included. Zas scored eight tries in 15 matches for the Stormers in 2015, and is said to bring added firepower to the back division. While, Du Preez junior starred in last year’s Currie Cup and twice delivered superb performances that led Western Province to victory over the Sharks in the final round of pool play and the final.
Du Preez will be joining his twin brothers, Daniel and Jean-Luc in Sharks colours. Ruan Botha, has been made captain for the season.