Sharks receive Sykes boost

Lock Steven Sykes has returned to the Shark Tank and will represent the Durban-based side in the coming Super Rugby season.

Sykes left Durban last year to further his career with Irish club Leinster. Less than a year later, he has been released from his contract and will return to Sharks training this week.

Sykes’ return is a timely one given the Sharks’ lack of depth in the lock position. While they have Ross Skeate and Alistair Hargreaves in tow, they went into 2012 devoid of experienced options at No 4.

Along with Sykes, Gerhard Mostert moved to Europe at the conclusion of the 2011 Super Rugby season and it was thought that one of the big flankers, read Jean Deysel or Willem Alberts, would be asked to fill the void in 2012.

The Sharks have other No 4 options in Anton Bresler and Jandre Marais, but having an established lock like Sykes back in the mix will certainly boost their chances in the coming competition.