Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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13 Oct 2016
2:43 pm

Boks return for Lions

Rudolph Jacobs

The Lions on Thursday announced their team for the Currie Cup semifinal against the Cheetahs on Saturday in Bloemfontein.

Steven Kitshoff of South Africa is congratulated by Julian Redelinghuys of South Africa for getting his first cap during the 3rd Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)

All three available Springboks were included with prop Julian Redelinghuys and hooker Malcolm Marx starting, while scrumhalf Faf de Klerk starts from the bench.

Redelinghuys is in for Ruan Dreyer, Marx replaces the injured Robbie Coetzee, while De Klerk joins other backline reserves like centre Stokkies Hanekom and fullback Sylvian Mahuza on the bench.

With Coetzee is not available, Akker van der Merwe returns to the bench.

At centre Jacques Nel moves back from wing to replace the injured Howard Mnisi while Koch Marx returns at rightwing, while at loosehead prop, Jacques van Rooyen replaces the injured Dylan Smith.

Players not included due to injury are Mnisi (knee), wing Courtnall Skosan (groin), Smith (shoulder) and lock MB Lusaseni (finger).

Five Springboks in Warren Whiteley, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Elton Jantjies and Lionel Mapoe  have joined their Japanese clubs.

Kickoff is at 3pm

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith (captain), 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 Ruan Ackermann, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen


Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Ruaan Lerm, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Stokkies Hanekom, 23 Sylvian Mahuza