The Sharks have confirmed that following captain Keegan Daniel's injury vice vice-captain Frans Steyn will step up as Shark captain until Daniel returns.
Daniel limped off against the Leopards last Friday night with a knee injury which coach John Plumtree has confirmed would mean missing their eighthman and captain for about six weeks.
Even though Frans Steyn has spent most of the last five years playing in France he is one of the most capped Sharks players in the squad.
"Frans becomes the ideal candidate for the captaincy in terms of experience," Plumtree said on the Sharks website.
"He has the respect of the players, leads by example and he's a winner. We know that everyone will get behind him and support him."
The Sharks coach added that there are enough experienced campaigners in the squad who can assist in terms of strategy.
"They will help him out with advice which is important."
The Sharks end their Super Rugby warm up campaign this weekend with a trial match against the Pumas and then start their Super Rugby campaign against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein next Saturday.