Stephan Lewies (L) of the Sharks in action against Grant Hattingh (C) of the Sunwolves their win at Kings Park Stadium in Durban. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/EPA

After last night’s Sharks victory over the Sunwolves at Kings Park, coach Robert du Preez evaluated the fitness of his squad and then announced his 27-man touring group that leaves today for Canberra.

The coach has opted for 15 forwards and 12 backs, with the balance to a degree governed by the unavailability of inured players.

 Players not available for selection are:  Coenie Oosthuizen, Daniel du Preez, Jeremy Ward, Michael Claassen and Philip van der Walt.

“We are looking forward to this tour,” the coach said.  “Tours always strengthen team spirit and this win under our belt will give us confidence going into the next four weeks. It’s time for us to stand-up and hopefully we make everyone who loves the black and white proud,” he added.

Tour Squad

Forwards: Akker van der Merwe, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Franco Marais, Hyron Andrews, Jacques Vermeulen, Jean-Luc du Preez, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman, Ruan Botha, Stephan Lewies, Tendai Mtawaria, Robert du Preez, Thomas du Toit, Tyler Paul, Wian Vosloo              

Backs: Andre Esterhuizen, Cameron Wright, Curwin Bosch, Garth April, Kobus van Wyk, Louis Schreuder, Lukhanyo Am, Lwazi Mvovo, Makazole Mapimpi, Marius Louw, Robert du Preez,  Sbu Nkosi

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