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Jake White: Names unchanged matchday squad for visit of Hurricanes

Jake White: Names unchanged matchday squad for visit of Hurricanes

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Sharks director of rugby Jake White has named an unchanged team for his side's Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes at Kings Park on Saturday.

White began his reign at the Sharks with victory over the Bulls last weekend and will look to make it two from two when the Hurricanes visit Durban.

World Cup-winning coach White has no new injury worries and names an identical matchday squad, with even the replacements' bench containing the same players as last time out.

The Hurricanes will be competing in their first match of the new season and have to cope without back-row trio Victor Vito, Ardie Savea and Brad Shields.

Vito and Shields are on a lengthening Hurricanes injury list which also includes backs Tim Bateman and Matt Proctor.

Athletic flanker Savea is considered an exciting prospect in New Zealand but coach Mark Hammett has left him out of the squad altogether despite the other absences in the back row.

Lock Mark Abbott, inside centre Hadleigh Parkes and full-back Marty Banks will all make their debuts after being named in the visitors' starting XV.

All Blacks wing Cory Jane is set to make his return to Super Rugby after missing the whole of last season due to a serious knee injury.

Sharks: 15 Marais, 14 Ndungane, 13 Jordaan, 12 Steyn, 11 Mvovo, 10 Lambie, 9 Reinach; 1 T Mtawarira, 2 B Du Plessis (c), 3 J Du Plessis, 4 Bresler, 5 Du Toit, 6 Coetzee, 7 Alberts, 8 Kankowski.

Replacements: 16 Cooper, 17 Chadwick, 18 Adriaanse, 19 Lewies, 20 Deysel, 21 McLeod, 22 Williams, 23 Sithole.

Hurricanes: 15 Banks, 14 Jane, 13 Smith (c), 12 Parks, 11 J Savea, 10 Barrett, 9 Perenara; 1 Franks, 2 Coles, 3 Toomaga-Allen, 4 Thrush, 5 Abbott, 6 Levave, 7 Lam, 8 Thomson.

Replacements: 16 Matu'u, 17 Eves, 18 Schwalger, 19 Reddish, 20 Hill, 21 Smylie, 22 Leiua, 23 Marshall.

Sharks v Hurricanes is live on Sky Sports 2 from 3pm on Saturday

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