Staff, 2023-01-05 02:45:40,
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The Cell C Sharks will be tackling Connacht in Galway in their Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash on Saturday night with a vastly different team to the one that thrashed the Vodacom Bulls on New Year’s Eve.
The Sharks haven’t officially released the squad that is currently in Ireland preparing for Saturday’s game at the Sportsground, but it is understood that the Sharks director of rugby as well as most of the first choice team are back in Durban training at Hollywoodbets Kings Park in preparation for next week’s home Heineken Cup clash with Bordeaux Begles.
Joey Mongalo is understood to be the man in charge of the Sharks team that will tackle Connacht, which makes sense as the promising young coach was recently appointed to head up the Sharks’ Currie Cup challenge. And many of the players and combinations that do duty in the URC this coming weekend will be playing for him in the Currie Cup, as well as fronting for the Sharks during the understrength phase of URC derbies, which includes two games against the Stormers, that will be played while the Springboks are resting in February and March.
The Sharks have never made any secret of the fact they’d like to do well in the prestigious Heineken Cup, and while with two wins already under the belt they are on the cusp of being already qualified for the last 16 round of fixtures, Powell would be right if he thinks a return trip to Ireland the week before the Bordeaux clash could…
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