Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
6 Feb 2015
7:58 pm

Ackermann announces Lions squad

Rudolph Jacobs

Lions coach Johan Ackermann on Friday announced his official 33-man Super Rugby squad.

FILE PICTURE: Johan Ackermann during the Xerox Golden Lions training session at Johannesburg Stadium field on September 09, 2014. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Four capped Springboks are included namely flyhalves Marnitz Boshoff and Elton Jantjies, No 8 and captain Warren Whiteley and prop Julian Redelinghuys.

“Unlike other franchises who selected more than one captain, I’ve decided on just one in Warren, but we have good back-up as leaders as well,” said Ackermann.

Jantjies has just return from his sojourn in Japan and rejoined training sessions on Monday.

Other members who were part of the Bok touring squad last November include flank Jaco Kriel, prop Ruan Dreyer, hooker Robbie Coetzee and scrumhalf Ross Cronje.

Two members currently still getting back from injuries include lock MB Lusaseni (ankle) and Coetzee (neck) who are expected to miss the first two weeks of the competition.

Omissions include centre Alwyn Hollenbach, Pumas lock Rudi Matthee, flank Kwagga Smith who are with the BlitzBokke and centre Stefan Watermeyer who picked up a harmstring injury last weekend in the warm-up in Potchefstroom against the Leopards and Pukke.

Centre Stokkies Hanekom returns after breaking his leg in last year’s Currie Cup, while newcomers include wing Sampie Mastriet, the former Bulls flyer and Blitzbokke star Mark Richards who can cover wing and scrumhalf.

Players who were part of the squad last year like fullback Coenie van Wyk, centre/wing JW Jonker and No 8 Willie Britz have since joined the Cheetahs.

The youngsters flyhalf Jaco van der Walt and centre Harold Vorster also gained selection after impressing in last year’s Currie Cup.

The Lions open their campaign next Friday night at home against the New Zealand outfit the Hurricanes, who will be without Kiwi star Ma’a Nonu.

Lions Super Rugby squad: Marnitz Boshoff, Andries Coetzee, Robbie Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Ross Cronje, Faf de Klerk, Steph de Witt, Ruan Dreyer, Corne Fourie, Stokkies Hanekom, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Kriel, Robert Kruger, Ruaan Lerm, MB Lusaseni, Malcolm Marx, Lionel Mapoe, Sampie Mastriet, Derick Minnie, Howard Mnisi, Franco Mostert, Martin Muller, Julian Redelinghuys, Mark Richards, Courtnall Skosan, Warwick Tecklenburg, Akker van der Merwe, Schalk van der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Jacques van Rooyen, Anthony Volmink, Harold Vorster, Warren Whiteley (captain).