Sharks Super rugby head coach Robert du Preez has named a touring squad for their crucial match against the Jaguares in Argentina this weekend.
The match is the penultimate match in the Sharks conference and the Durban side are currently fourth in the SA conference.
The Sharks final match of the regular season is also away and is against the Stormers in Cape Town.
With the congestion in the South African pool as it is, both of these intra-conference matches take on huge importance as the jockeying for positions reaches its climactic flourish.
Head coach Du Preez has named a 25 man squad that travels to Argentina, taking 14 forwards and 11 backs.
Akker van der Merwe remains on the injured list and has not been included, but the good news is the possible return to play for Craig Burden who has been named as the second hooker along with Kerron van Vuuren.
Injuries have also ruled out Beast Mtawarira and Cameron Wright whose replacement on tour is the exciting scrumhalf Zee Makhabela who made his debut off the bench against the Hurricanes at Kings Park on Saturday.
Jeremy Ward, who has led the Sharks XV in the SuperSport Challenge has also been included amongst the backs.
Sharks Touring Squad
Andre Esterhuizen, Aphelele Fassi, Coenie Oosthuizen, Craig Burden, Curwin Bosch, Daniel du Preez, Hyron Andrews, Jacques Vermeulen, Jean-Luc du Preez, Jeremy Ward, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman, Kerron van Vuuren, Kobus van Wyk, Louis Schreuder (c), Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Mzamo Majola, Robert du Preez, Ruan Botha, Ruben van Heerden, Sbu Nkosi, Thomas du Toit, Tyler Paul, Zee Makhabela