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Injured backs join Sharks squad

Date

Wellington

Sharks players pose for photographers after winning the Super Rugby semi-final match against the Stormers.

Sharks players pose for photographers after winning the Super Rugby semi-final match against the Stormers. Photo: Getty Images

The Sharks have added exciting young backs Pat Lambie and Paul Jordaan to an extended squad to prepare for the Super Rugby final against the Chiefs.

The South African side was to land in Sydney yesterday to prepare for the final in Hamilton on Saturday night and their New Zealand coach John Plumtree was pleased he would have a full strength group to choose from.

First five-eighth/fullback Lambie and midfield back Jordaan narrowly lost a race against time to be fit for the Sharks' semi-final upset of the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday (NZT).

However, both are expected to be fit for the final, giving Plumtree a selection headache as his backline has performed strongly in recent weeks.

The Sharks are the fairytale story of the playoffs, having upset Australian conference champions the Reds and South African conference champions, the Stormers, away from home in successive weeks.

Plumtree said the mood was positive as they got set to tackle the New Zealand conference champions.

"I always knew we were good enough to win this (Stormers) match," Plumtree told the Sharks website.

"But it was always going to take an amazing amount of character and guts to achieve it.

"There were a lot of really tired bodies in there but this group has gathered belief in the last seven or eight weeks and were just following through right now which is great."

The Sharks will complete the bulk of their preparation in Sydney before crossing the Tasman on Thursday.

Sharks touring squad:

Backs: Louis Ludik, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Tim Whitehead, Paul Jordaan, Meyer Bosman, Patrick Lambie, Frederic Michalak, Charl McLeod, Riaan Viljoen. Forwards: Ryan Kankowski, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel (captain), Jacques Botes, Jean Deysel, Anton Bresler, Steven Sykes, Willem Alberts, Jannie du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira, Wiehahn Herbst, Bismarck du Plessis, Craig Burden

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