The Sharks are likely to have an injection of prime Klerksdorp beef in the form of Andre Esterhuizen for Saturday’s much-anticipated Super Rugby opener against the Lions at Ellis Park.

The muscular centre returned from club duty in Japan just over a week ago but was not considered for the away friendly against Racing 92.

Sharks backline coach, Dick Muir, says: “Andre played a lot of rugby in Japan so we felt it was not a good idea to use him for the Racing trip so that he would be fresh for this opening game against the Lions.”

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