Lions have a 'new' coach
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Lions will be under new management during their preparation matches.
The Lions, who kick off their preparations fixtures against the Pumas on Friday, will be coached by Coach Mziwakhe Nkosi.
Nkosi steered the Lions Under 21 side to the final of the national tournament in 2020 and has been an integral part of the Lions’ junior rugby structures for quite some time.
The former SA Schools coach will be assisted by Wessel Roux.
While Ivan van Rooyen will oversee proceedings as Head Coach of the Lions Rugby Company.
#⃣NEWS The @LionsRugbyCo has revealed a rash of resignings ahead of the start of South Africa’s ‘preperation series’
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In terms of team news, lock Reinhard Nothnagel will captain the young Lions side.
Lions: 15 EW Viljoen; 14 Prince Nkabinde, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 James Mollentze, 11 Divan Rossouw; 10 Tiaan Swanepoel, 9 Morné van den Berg; 8 Francke Horn, 7 Roelof Smit, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel (captain), 4 Emmanuel Tshituka, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Nathan McBeth.
Replacmenets: Dameon Venter, Banele Mthenjane, Jannie du Plessis, Ruhan Straeuli, MJ Pelser, Dillon Smit, Luke Rossouw, Ngia Selengbe, Ruan Dreyer, Izan Esterhuizen, Sibusiso Sangweni.
Date: Friday, February 26
Venue: Ellis Park. Johannesburg
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Griffin Colby, Ashleigh Murray
TMO: Stuart Berry