Emirates Lions team announced for Rebels match in Melbourne

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Super Rugby: Lions

The Emirates Lions team to face the Rebels in Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday (07:00 SA time) shows three changes.

Lourens Erasmus comes in at lock, Cyle Brink slots in at seven and Ross Cronjé will wear the number nine jersey as part of the teams’ rotation system.

1 Jacques van Rooyen

2 Malcolm Marx

3 Ruan Dreyer

4 Lourens Erasmus

5 Franco Mostert

6 Kwagga Smith

7 Cyle Brink

8 Warren Whiteley ©

9 Ross Cronjé

10 Elton Jantjies

11 Courtnall Skosan

12 Harold Vorster

13 Lionel Mapoe

14 Sylvian Mahuza

15 Andries Coetzee

16 Akker van der Merwe

17 Corne Fourie

18 Hencus van Wyk

19 Ruan Ackermann

20 Robert Kruger

21 Dillon Smit

22 Jacques Nel

23 Anthony Volmink

In the meantime Ruan Combrinck starts his return to competitive rugby.

Ruan Combrincks’ return to rugby will start at Alberton Rugby Club on Saturday when he runs out for the Xerox Golden Lions that will host the Namibia Welwitschias in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

Combrinck has been on the road to recovery since a shoulder injury side-lined him in a match for the Springboks against Argentina last year.

Injuries to some key players have necessitated  some major changes to Lions side which will see Bobby de Wee take over the role of captain in the absence of Jano Venter, who is injured. Also on the injury list are Fabian Booysen, Marvin Orie, Gerrie Labuschagne, Sti Sithole and Barend Smit.

“We have confidence in the players coming into the match-day squad, regardless of age.  We believe they can step-up. This is their opportunity to perform and fight for a place in the side,” said coach Bafana Nhleko.

Madosh Tambwe, unable to join the SA Under 20 side due to citizenship issues, will run out at left-wing.

Kick-off is at 15:00. This is followed  by Alberton vs Harlequins at 17:15.

Entry is free and parking is R20.


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