Rugby

3 ex-Boks in Leopards camp

2014-06-04 13:30
André Pretorius (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Three former Springboks will help the Leopards in their quest to gain promotion to the Currie Cup Premier Division.

According to the Beeld website, 35-year-old former Springbok flyhalf André Pretorius will lead the team in the seven-team competition, which starts this weekend.

Griquas, SWD, Boland, Border, Griffons and Falcons are the other teams to participate in a single round-robin phase. The team finishing on top will gain automatic entry into the Currie Cup Premier Division, with the remaining six to play in the First Division.

Pretorius has returned from France where he played 23 games for second division club, Carcassonne.

Two more ex-Springboks will be in the Leopards camp during the competition. Robert du Preez - who led Pukke to the Varsity Cup final - will be the coach, while James Small will be a coaching consultant, as he was during the Varsity Cup.

Du Preez played seven Tests for the Springboks at scrumhalf, while Small played 47 Tests at wing.

The Leopards start their campaign against SWD in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

Leopards squad:

Fullbacks: Kobus de Kock, Sylvian Mahuza, Rhyno Smith

Wings: Luther Obi, Tshotsho Mbovane, Rowayne Beukman, Lucian Cupido, Lloyd Greeff, AD Jacobs, Edmar Marais

Centres: Adriaan Engelbrecht, George Tossel, Hoffman Maritz, Johan Deysel, Sergio Torrens

Flyhalves: André Pretorius (captain), Johnny Welthagen

Scrumhalves: Vian van der Watt, Dillon Smit, Malherbe Swart, Percy Williams

Eighthmen: Juan Language (vice-captain), Morné Hanekom, SJ Niemand

Flanks: Stompie de Wet, HP Swart, Rhyk Welgemoed, Robert Kruger, Robey Labuschagné, Armandt Liebenberg

Locks: Ruan Venter, Francois Robertse, Danie Jordaan, Molotsi Bouwer, Stairs Mhlongo

Props: Joe Smith, Mash Mashudu, Arno Ebersohn, Stoof Bezuidenhout, Lucky Ngcoamu, John-Roy Jenkinson, Elardus Venter

Hookers: Marius Fourie, JC Oberholzer, Jacques Vermaak

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