Kankowski injury blow

SHARKS and Springbok No 8 Ryan Kankowski, one of the team's standout players in a tough Super 14 season for the coastal franchise, will miss the remainder of the competition with a broken thumb.

SHARKS and Springbok No 8 Ryan Kankowski, one of the team's standout players in a tough Super 14 season for the coastal franchise, will miss the remainder of the competition with a broken thumb.

But it seems captain John Smit (elbow) and lock Alistair Hargreaves (thigh) will be available to face the Lions at Coca-Cola Park next Saturday after the Sharks' bye this coming weekend.

Lock Johann Muller is expected to return from his hand injury and flanker Keegan Daniel is expected to be on the bench for the Lions match. - Sapa

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