Lions put key players on standby

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:16

NEWS: The Lions have placed a group of key players on standby, ruling them out of Currie Cup contention for the next few weeks.

The Lions are currently involved in two top-flight competitions.

They host the Sharks in a Super Rugby quarterfinal match at Ellis Park on Saturday and Sunday they travel to Nelspruit to play the Pumas in the Currie Cup competition with another squad.

To avoid disruptions to both squads - in case of injury - the Lions have decided to 'freeze out' a number of players.

Justin Ackerman, Hencus van Wyk, Robbie Coetzee, Robert Kruger, Dillon Smit, Jaco van der Walt and Anthony Volmink are all training with the Super Rugby squad and not available for Curie Cup duty - even though they are not in the quarterfinal matchday squad.

They will remain with the Super Rugby squad as long as the team continue their winning streak.

Captain Warren Whiteley, centre Howard Mnisi, as well as props Dylan Smith and Julian Redelinghuys are unavailable as a result if injuries.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 24 November 2017
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Ulster v Treviso 19h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 19h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 19h45 Kingston Park
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Bath v Harlequins 12h45 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 17h30 AJ Bell Stadium
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France v Japan 19h00 Paris
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Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Allianz Park
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