On Saturday 25 January, 2014 the Cell C Sharks will play Saracens in a pre-season friendly at Allianz Park in London.
Jake White, the Sharks' Director of Rugby said: "This match will provide us with the ideal opportunity to view the depth in our squad as we look to conclude our preparations ahead of the start of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.
"It is great to have our Springboks back and available for selection. We are expecting a highly competitive match against Saracens and are looking forward to the encounter."
It was also confirmed that Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis will captain the Cell C Sharks this season, with support from vice-captains Jean Deysel, Pat Lambie and Odwa Ndungane.
Regarded as one of the best hookers in the world, Bismarck has been colossal figure for the Cell C Sharks over the years. With 103 Vodacom Super Rugby appearances to his name, he is a player who leads by example and is well respected by the team.
Commenting on his appointment Jake White said: "Bismarck brings a winning culture to the Cell C Sharks. He has an enormous presence in rugby and to me he is the best hooker in the world.
"I respect his commitment and dedication to the union and I hope that the captaincy role will upskill him in areas that he is weak in which will enable him to be that phenomenal player consistently.
"By the age of 22 Bismarck had already been part of three successful World Cup campaigns for South Africa and not too many players can boast that kind of achievement in their rugby careers," added White.
Bismarck will be ably supported by Pat Lambie, Jean Deysel and Odwa Ndungane, all of whom assume the role of vice-captains. The thinking is if one of the players is off the field another can replace him. Chances are one of these vice captains will be called upon to captain the side for certain periods of the game.
Jake White concluded by saying: "Keegan Daniel, the 2013 captain, will probably be a bit disappointed, that’s natural, he’s been a good captain, but I think everyone understands. The thinking is for me to have a stamp of what I think is important for us as a group, and the dynamics in the group are changing, there are some new guys who have joined the squad. It’s not about individuals but what we do as a group."
The Cell C Sharks touring squad:
Forwards: Tendai Mtawarira, Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Kyle Cooper, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Stephan Lewies, Etienne Oosthuizen, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Tera Mtembu.
Backs: Charl McLeod, Cobus Reinach, Timothy Swiel, Frans Steyn, Heimar Williams, Andre Esterhuizen, Tyler Fisher, Paul Jordaan, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, Jaco van Tonder, Fred Zeilinga.