Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby journalist
1 minute read
9 Apr 2014
6:00 am

Volmink set for flying return to Super Rugby against Sharks

Rudolph Jacobs

Flying wing Anthony Volmink, right, made his Super Rugby debut for the Lions against the Sharks two years ago – and ironically he could return for the first time this year against the same team this weekend.

FILE PICTURE: Anthony Volmink. Picture: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images

Volmink, 24, made his way back this year from a serious shoulder injury in the Vodacom Cup team as coach Johan Ackermann wanted him to work on his conditioning before calling him back to the Super Rugby outfit.

With former Bulls wing Courtnall Skosan failing a concussion test earlier this week after receiving a heavy knock during the disappointing 28-7 loss to the Crusaders last weekend, the six-time capped Volmink could make his long awaited return.

There could also be call-ups for flank Derick Minnie (cheekbone), fullback Coenie van Wyk and hooker Robbie Coetzee (knee), who have just returned from injury.

The lineouts were a source of concern last weekend in the absence of experienced lock Franco van der Merwe. Even though Martin Muller replaced Van der Merwe – who normally calls the lineouts – in the vital No 5 lock position, it was decided that Franco Mostert would call the lineouts last weekend against the Crusaders, but the Lions lost six balls on their own throw.