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A groin injury kept Brad Barritt out of Absa Currie Cup action for two weeks but now the 20-year-old is set for a return to the Sharks side in his favoured position.

Mike Greenaway of The Mercury reported that Barritt is the most likely of the Sharks plethora of centres to be entrusted with the No 12 shirt.

Barritt will form one half an exciting 10-12 axis with 19-year-old Francois Steyn, who continues to churn out impressive performances at flyhalf.

If paired, the duo will play together for the first time in those positions and are sure to be tested by the underrated Ronnie Cooke and either former Shark, Herkie Kruger or Christophe du Toit.

Kruger, who was injured two weeks ago will be assessed this week and coach Dawie Theron will be hoping to have the hard-running centre back for the trip to Durban.

Barritt’s opportunity comes after Grant Rees broke his arm against Griquas on Friday, effectively sidelining the ever improving centre for the rest of the season.

Percy Montgomery, JP Pietersen, Solly Tyibilika and Brent Russell’s recall to the Bok camp means Dick Muir will again have to wait on Jake White before he announces his squad.

Muir expects White to confirm which players he is going to release by tomorrow afternoon.