Wed 9 Jan 2019 | 09:08

Lions reveal Mostert's replacement

Lions reveal Mostert's replacement
Wed 9 Jan 2019 | 09:08
Lions reveal Mostert's replacement
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TRANSFER NEWS: The Lions, losing finalists for the past three years, have started the process of replacing the rash of departed Springboks.

The Johannesburg-based franchise have lost several Springboks – such as Ruan Dreyer (to Gloucester), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Sale Sharks), Jaco Kriel (Gloucester) and Franco Mostert (Gloucester) – as well as other established players like Marco Jansen van Vuuren (to SA Sevens squad) and Jacques van Rooyen (Bath)

The loss of star lock Mostert was the biggest blow.

However, the Lions revealed that he has been replaced by another Springbok second row forward – former Sharks lock Stephan Lewies.

The one-time Bok, who will turn 27 later this month, has was a regular starter for the Sharks since 2012.

However, he has been struggling with injuries in recent years.

His only Test was against Scotland in Port Elizabeth in 2014, when he came off the bench to replace captain Victor Matfield in South Africa’s 55-6 win.

In 2016 Lewies also featured for South Africa ‘A’ against the touring England Saxons team.

The Lions open their 2019 campaign against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday, February 16.

They will play two pre-season matches – against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on January 26 and against the Sharks in Cape Town on February 3.

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