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Lions look fit for new season

2011-11-25 10:34

Cape Town - The Lions look set to start the new season injury-free as they attempt to emulate their Currie Cup success in Super Rugby.

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The Beeld newspaper reports that he Johannesburg-based outfit starting their pre-season fitness and conditioning at the Johannesburg Stadium on Thursday.

The Lions will play three warm-up matches before their Super Rugby campaign kicks off. They play the Stormers (January 27) and the Sharks (January 31) in the Neo Africa Tri-Series in Cape Town before travelling to George to take on the Kings in a friendly on February 15.

And as things currently stand, they will start the new season without any injuries.

Springbok prop CJ van der Linde recently underwent a groin operation, but it won't keep him out of action. Centre Waylon Murray and wing Lionel Mapoe, who were both injured in the Currie Cup, will also be ready for the new season. They are all part of the training group which will train with fitness and conditioning coach, Wayne Taylor, until December 16. They will then break for the festive season and regroup early in January.

Several newcomers to the squad, including the halfback twin brothers, Ross and Guy Cronjé from the Sharks and Griquas lock Hendrik Roodt, trained with their new team-mates on Thursday.

The Lions' Springboks - Van der Linde, Bandise Maku, Wikus van Heerden, Elton Jantjies, Butch James and Murray - were also all present at the session.

Burton Francis, George Earle, Tonderai Chavhanga, Dusty Noble, David de Villiers, JP Joubert, Pieter Engelbrecht, Marius Delport and David Bulbring are the players who were not offered new contracts.

Sport24

Comments
  • Bennie - 2011-11-25 11:07

    Top 6 here we come!! Then anything is possible!

  • Raeez - 2011-11-25 11:46

    Shud have kept Burton Francis for another season tho. ANyway, C'mon boys! Cant wait for 2012

      pettitt.j - 2011-11-25 12:59

      Don't think Burton fits the style of rugby the lions are playing at the moment, more suited to bulls and stormers, kick and distribute...

  • Nico - 2011-11-25 15:41

    Really really really looking forward to next year, BIG things for the Lions :)

  • Christopher - 2011-11-28 08:47

    Where have all of the players who weren't offered new contracts gone? Francis - Stormers Earle - Griquas Chavanga - Newport-Gwent Dragons Noble - Griquas de Villiers - ? Joubert - ? Engelbrecht - ? (What position does he play?) Delport - ? (This guy's really fallen from grace. Was briulliant as a junior at the Bulls!!) Bullbring - ? (What position?) Anybody know anything?

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