Lions name Super Rugby squad

2015-11-24 15:50
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Cape Town - All the Lions’ Currie Cup heroes - except for Kwagga Smith who is contracted for national Sevens duty - have been retained for Super Rugby in 2016 while nine other stalwarts have strengthened the squad.

Flank Derick Minnie returns after a long injury lay-off and wing Ruan Combrink and centre Harold Vorster have also been added to the group after missing some Currie Cup action due to injury.

Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies (Japan), centre Lionel Mapoe (Japan), hooker Akker van der Merwe (France) and Warwick Tecklenburg (Japan) all return from overseas duty.

The new squad members are former Pumas scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, Leopards No 9 Dillon Smit, Leopards lock Robert Kruger and Pumas prop Corné Fourie, who are all full-blooded Lions now.

Pumas fullback JW Bell is the only new face who hasn’t donned the Lions jersey yet.

The Lions finished second in this year's South African Super Rugby Conference and eighth in the Overall standings.

Lions 2016 Super Rugby squad:

Andries Coetzee, JW Bell, Ruan Combrink, Lloyd Greeff, Courtnall Skosan, Sampie Mastriet, Anthony Volmink, Koch Marx, Selom Gavor, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Stokkies Hanekom, Howard Mnisi, Harold Vorster, Lionel Mapoe, Jacques Nel, Gerdus van der Walt, Marnitz Boshoff, Jako van der Walt, Elton Jantjes, Ashlon Davids, Ross Cronjé, Faf de Klerk, Ricky Schroeder, Dillon Smit, Marco van Vuren, Warren Whiteley, Fabian Booysen, Ruaan Lerm, Jano Venter, Steph de Wit, Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie, Warwick Tecklenburg, Ruan Ackermann, Cyle Brink, Victor Sekekete, Robert Kruger, Lourens Erasmus, MB Lusaseni, Franco Mostert, Martin Muller, JP du Preez, Andries Ferreira, Bobby de Wee, Robbie Coetzee, Malcolm Marx, Akker van der Merwe, Ramone Samuels, Jacques van Rooyen, Dylan Smith, Corné Fourie, Julian Redelinghuys, Ruan Dreyer, Justin Ackerman, Pieter Scholtz

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