Lions back Bok discard

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:59
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has retained Springbok discard Francois de Klerk in his starting XV for the clash against the Sharks on Saturday.

De Klerk was left out of Bok coach Allister Coetzee's latest Springbok training squad ahead of a camp from April 2 to 4 in Stellenbosch.

The 25-year-old is part of an unchanged Lions starting team, with a few players bracketed on the bench.

Props Corné Fourie and Johannes Jonker are returning from injury and are bracketed with Sithembiso Sithole and Hencus van Wyk on the bench.

Lionel Mapoe is facing a late fitness test and he his bracketed with Dillon Smit on the bench as well.

Players not considered due to injury are Jaco van der Walt, Ruan Combrinck, Howard Mnisi and Dylan Smith. 

Sylvian Mahuza's father passed away last week and the wing will attend the funeral this week.

Lions - possible: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Sithembiso Sithole/Corné Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker/Hencus van Wyk, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Dillon Smit/ Lionel Mapoe.

Date: Saturday, April 1
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 17.05 (15.05 GMT)
Referee: TBC
Assistant referees: TBC
TMO: TBC

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