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Big Lions milestone for Van Der Merwe

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wing Edwill van der Merwe will earn his 50th Lions cap when his team take on Ospreys in the United Rugby Championship Round 13 match on Saturday.

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Since joining the Lions in 2021 from the Stormers, the 27-year-old flyer has been a prominent figure for the Johannesburg team.

He scored a blistering try during the Lions’ historic 38-14 win over Connacht last weekend at the Galway and would want to celebrate his latest milestone in style as they seek another URC win on the road.

 

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Head coach Ivan van Rooyen made one change to last week’s successful team.

Conraad van Vuuren comes in for Asenathi Ntlabakanye, who was handed a three-week ban after he was red-carded during last week’s win.

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Should the prop complete the World Rugby coaching intervention programme then the sanction will be reduced by one week.

Veteran Ruan Dreyer will be on the bench as cover.

Lions: 15 Quan Horn, 14 Richard Kriel, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Marius Louw (captain), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tshituka, 6 JC Pretorius, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 PJ Botha, 1 JP Smith
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Morgan Naude, 18 Ruan Dryer, 19 Darrien Landsberg, 20 Izan Esterhuizen, 21 Hanru Sirgel, 22 Morne van den Berg, 23 Stean Pienaar

Date: Saturday, March 30
Venue: Swansea Stadium, Swansea
Kick-off: 15.05 (15.05 GMT; 17.05 SA time)
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Tom Spurrier (Wales) and Gwyn Morris (Wales)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

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