The Sharks have made swift work locking down a beastly presence within the Springbok entrance row for the foreseeable future.

Loosehead prop Ntuthuko Mchunu has signed a brand new two-year deal that may see him stay in Durban till the top of the 2025 season.

Combining shocking athleticism with uncooked pressure in touch, the 24-year-old’s play evokes recollections of Springbok and Sharks icon Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira’s early years as a fearsome entrance ranker.

Like Mtawarira, Mchunu’s rugby journey began within the free trio, the place his energy manifested in heavy obligation carries and shuddering collisions for Maritzburg School.

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Nevertheless, his high-school coaches took the view that the profession prospects of the 1.88-metre Mchunu can be brighter within the entrance row than as a free ahead.

Mchunu earned his first Bok call-up and made his Check debut within the house sequence towards Wales in July 2022, capping a meteoric rise for the teen.

In the meantime, the hulking Marnus Potgieter, who can play centre or wing, has additionally put pen to paper on a brand new deal that may maintain the 23-year-old at The Shark Tank for one more three years.

Their contract extension comes on the again of the renewal by Bok flyhalf Curwin Bosch and promising free ahead Phepsi Buthelezi.

Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Photographs

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