Lions 'rest' key Boks
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Golden Lions have a number of Springboks back for their Currie Cup semifinal showdown with the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
However, two key forwards – hooker Malcolm Marx and lock Franco Mostert – are being ‘rested’, despite training with the team.
Springboks Elton Jantjies, Aphiwe Dyantyi and Warren Whiteley have been included in the team to face the Sharks at Kings Park.
“Malcolm and Franco have been training with the seniors this week, but it is imperative that the players are managed – in conjunction with the South African Rugby Union – for the upcoming Test against England [next month],” Lions Rugby Company CEO Rudolf Straeuli said.
“The Lions are proud of our growth and fortunate to continue to introduce and develop juniors into our senior system,” he added.
Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom (captain), 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jo-Hanko de Villiers, 6 James Venter, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan van der Merwe, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Vincent Tshituka, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Wandisile Simelane
Date: Saturday, October 20
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 14.30 (12.30 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Christie du Preez