Lukhanyo Am: Springbok centre set to return to Sharks after short stint in Japan

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The Sharks are set to welcome back their skipper Lukhanyo Am as they go in search of a home quarter-final in United Rugby Championship.

The Springbok outside centre, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s best players in his position, is currently on a a short-term stint at Kobe Steelers in Japan but his overseas club did not qualify for the Japanese League One play-offs.

That means his last game for the Steelers will be on May 8 which makes him available to play for the Sharks in their last round robin game in the United Rugby Championship against Ulster in Belfast on May 20.

Boost for the Sharks

Sharks head coach Sean Everitt is delighted that a player of Am’s calibre will be available for them ahead of the play-offs.

“Lukhanyo will be back, he finishes up in Japan next week and we are looking forward to having him back in the following week,” Everitt told TimesLive.

“We haven’t watched any of his games, but I have chatted to him on a weekly basis and he is in a good space and really enjoying the opportunity that he has over there.

“He is playing with international stars in his team over there and obviously being coached by really good coaches. We are looking forward to him coming home and sharing the knowledge that he has gained from there.”

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