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    Marx to lead Lions on Australasian tour

    2019-04-08 13:31

    Cape Town - Malcolm Marx will lead an experienced Lions squad on their three-match Super Rugby Australasian tour.

    The touring squad consists of 26 players and will depart on Tuesday evening.

    The 27th spot in the group will be filled after the first - and only - match in Australia against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday, April 13 (11:45 SA time).

    The Lions will also face the Chiefs in Hamilton (Friday, April 19 at 09:35 SA time) and the Crusaders in Christchurch (Friday, April 26 at 09:35 SA time).

    There also appears to be good news for Warren Whiteley, who has been named on a 'standby' list of players who will remain in South Africa, suggesting that he is nearing a return to fitness following a lengthy layoff with a pectoral injury. 

    Lions Australasian touring squad:

    Forwards

    Carlu Sadie

    Cyle Brink

    Frans van Wyk

    Hacjivah Dayimani

    Johannes Jonker

    Kwagga Smith

    Malcolm Marx (captain)

    Marnus Schoeman

    Marvin Orie

    Nathan McBeth

    Rhyno Herbst

    Robbie Coetzee

    Stephan Lewies

    Sti Sithole

    Wilhelm van der Sluys

    Backs

    Andries Coetzee

    Aphiwe Dyantyi

    Courtnall Skosan

    Elton Jantjies

    Franco Naude

    Gianni Lombard

    Lionel Mapoe

    Nic Groom

    Ross Cronje

    Ruan Combrinck

    Sylvian Mahuza

    Players on standby in South Africa:

    Harold Vorster

    James Venter

    Jan Henning Champher

    Tyrone Green

    Wandisile Simelane

    Warren Whiteley

    Not considered due to injury:

    Dylan Smith (cheek-bone)

    Jacobie Adriaanse (hamstring)

    Pieter Jansen (calf)

    Reinhardt Nothnagel (shoulder)

    PJ Steenkamp (fractured tibia & fibula)

    Robert Kruger (ankle)

    Vincent Tshituka (ankle)

    Ruan Vermaak (fractured right thumb)

    Dillon Smit (hamstring)

    Manuel Rass (concussion)

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