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Coach Putt picks for Sharks’ UK tour

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Putt has included six new Super 12 caps in his squad – flanks Roland Bernard and Luke Watson, hooker Gary Botha, scrumhalf Neil Powell, wing Wylie Human and utility back Brent Russell.

Bernard and Powell were drafted from the Cats' region, while Botha and Human were drafted from the Bulls' squad. Botha was drafted as Sharks squad captain John Smit is struggling with a shoulder injury.

Watson, a SA Sevens player and last year's SA Under-19 skipper, and Russell, who exploded onto the Test arena last year at flyhalf and fullback, are two of the Sharks' new signings for the 2003 season.

The Sharks squad:

Forwards – 14: Roland Bernard*, Brendon Botha, Gary Botha*, Deon Carstens, Eduard Coetzee, Brad MacLeod-Henderson, Philip Smit, Shaun Sowerby, Lukas van Biljon, Albert van den Berg, Wayne van Heerden, Charl van Rensburg, AJ Venter, Luke Watson*.

Backs – 13: Trevor Halstead, Wylie Human*, Butch James, Deon Kayser, Rudi Keil, Herkie Kruger, Ricardo Loubscher, Neil Powell*, Brent Russell*, André Snyman, Justin Swart, Stefan Terblanché, Ryan Walker.*Denotes new Sharks Super 12 player.

The following players will not travel with the team but will be training with Fitness Advisor Kevin Stevenson: Craig Davidson, Etienne Fynn, Joos Joubert, Ollie le Roux, John Smit.

Tour fixtures:Tuesday, 4  February 2003: v Harlequins, The StoopFriday, 7 February 2003: v Stormers, The StoopBoth games kick-off at 19.45 GMT

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