The Sharks centre Tim Whitehead has been ruled out of Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Chiefs in Hamilton due to injury.
The midfielder sustained a broken hand during the Durban side's 26-19 semifinal victory over the Stormers on Saturday at the weekend.
No replacement has been named with the Sharks squad now cut to 23.
The team did receive some good news before leaving with Springbok back Patrick Lambie recoverying from injury.
The Sharks will stay in Sydney before flying to Hamilton on Thursday.
Meanwhile the Chiefs captain Craig Clarke will be given extra time to recover from a knee injury in time for the final.