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 Post subject: Lions SR thread 2018
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:17 pm 
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Having enjoyed a few weeks break after the Currie Cup campaign, the Lions are back in training ahead of next year’s Super Rugby challenge where they will be looking to make it three finals in a row - and hopefully bag the title this time.

It’s very much the early stages of pre-season the Lions are in and while new head coach Swys de Bruin is keeping a close watch on proceedings - especially those players who’re playing for the Springboks, in Europe and Japan - his work on the field will only really start in the new year.

“This is not my time this is the time for the trainers and conditioning guys,” said De Bruin this week.

“All we’re really focused on at the moment is getting the guys fit and keeping them in good shape. It’s all about conditioning right now,” said De Bruin.

“Ivan van Rooyen (the conditioning coach) is in charge of things at the moment.”

The Lions will spend the next few weeks together and then break on December 15 for a further few weeks off before returning to the training ground in the new year.

“This is not the time to be thinking too far ahead, not with so many players missing we have 15 first choice players out, who’re either with the Boks, in Japan or Europe.

"This is a young group we’re working with, but that’s also not a bad thing.”

De Bruin was able to build some quality depth during the Currie Cup and many of those players are set to feature in Super Rugby in 2018.

“There are also a lot of U-19 and U-21s training with us, just so they can familiarise themselves with the senior group,” says De Bruin. “But I’m happy with where we are as a squad. Most positions are well covered and there is good depth, so I don’t have too many concerns on that front.

“What will be a challenge is getting all the guys who’re playing elsewhere back into the squad here and on the same page in the new year. And, I have to factor in they’re likely to not be at the same level of conditioning as the guys who’re here now.”

Those based in Japan for the next two months include Elton Jantjies, Lionel Mapoe, Franco Mostert and Warren Whiteley, while Rohan Janse van Rensburg is playing in England until the end of January.

Some of these men, and also Malcolm Marx, Ross Cronje, Ruan Dreyer, Courtnall Skosan and Andries Coetzee, have also been on tour with the Boks and need time off.

The good news though is Whiteley is nearly ready to play again after a lengthy absence due to a groin injury and he’ll be fresh in the new year, while centre Howard Mnisi, who missed the whole of last season because of a knee problem, is also back in training and ready for 2018.

Jaco Kriel, who would have been with the Boks and also headed to Japan had he not been injured, is also set to return for the Lions in Super Rugby. Ruan Combrinck, also currently injured, may be back in the early rounds in late February.

Even without the now departed Ruan Ackermann and Faf de Klerk, the Lions look to be a strong and formidable unit going into the new year - and are probably still going to be South Africa’s best bet for the Super Rugby title come August next year.

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/super-rugby/could-2018-be-the-year-of-the-lions-in-super-rugby-12215191


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 Post subject: Re: Lions thread 2018
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:18 pm 
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Lions 2018 Schedule

Saturday 17 February: Lions v Sharks - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15 SAST
Saturday 24 February: Lions v Jaguares - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 15:05 SAST
Saturday 3 March: Bulls v Lions - Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:15 SAST
Saturday 10 March: Lions v Blues - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15 SAST
Saturday 17 March: Lions v Sunwolves - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15 SAST
Saturday 24 March: Jaguares v Lions - Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 16:40 ART | 21:40 SAST
Sunday 1 April: Lions - Crusaders - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 14:30 SAST
Saturday 7 April: Lions v Stormers - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15 SAST
Bye
Friday 20 April: Waratahs v Lions - Allianz Stadium, Sydney 19:45 AEST | 9:45 SAST
Saturday 28 April: Reds v Lions - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 15:05 AEST | 5:05 SAST
Saturday 5 May: Hurricanes v Lions - TBC 19:35 NZT | 7:35 SAST
Saturday 12 May: Highlanders v Lions - TBC 19:35 NZT | 7:35 SAST
Saturday 19 May: Lions v Brumbies - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15SAST
Saturday 26 May: Stormers v Lions - DHL Newlands, Capetown 17:15 SAST
Bye: SA Conference
Test Window
Saturday 30 June: Sharks v Lions - Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 17:15 SAST
Bye
Saturday 14 July: Lions v Bulls - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 15:05 SAST


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 Post subject: Re: Lions thread 2018
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:19 pm 
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The following senior players will remain at the Franchise through 2018 ensuring limited loss and player movement within the Emirates Lions:

Hookers:
Malcolm Marx
Robbie Coetzee

Props:
Corné Fourie
Dylan Smith
Jacques van Rooyen
Johannes Jonker
Ruan Dreyer
Sthi Sithole

Locks:
Andries Ferreira
Franco Mostert
Lourens Erasmus
Marvin Orie

Flanks:
Kwagga Smith
Jaco Kriel
Cyle Brink

No 8:
Warren Whiteley

Scrumhalves:
Ross Cronjé
Dillon Smit
Christiaan Meyer

Flyhalves:
Elton Jantjies
Shaun Reynolds

Centres:
Harold Vorster
Howard Mnisi
Lionel Mapoe
Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Wings:
Anthony Volminck
Aphiwe Dyantyi
Courtnall Skosan
Ruan Combrinck

Fullback:
Andries Coetzee
Sylvian Mahuza

Youngsters:
Madosh Tambwe (wing)
Hacjivah Dayimani (loose forward)
Marco Jansen van Vuren (scrumhalf)
Ashlon Davids (flyhalf)

Gone: Faf de Klerk, Ruan Ackermann, Jaco van der Walt and Akker van der Merwe.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Former Lions player Julian Redelinghuys will be in charge of Player Relations and the Xerox Lions Learning HUB.

The HUB is a long-term development programme for players contracted to the Lions Rugby Company. The HUB programme supports both the current performance demands and their future personal and professional goals, by providing players with essential skills needed to forge a career beyond the game.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Coaching staff and management:

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Head Coach: Swys de Bruin
Forwards: Philip Lemmer (replaces Victor Matfield)
Breakdown and Backline: Joey Mongalo
Head of Strength & Conditioning: Ivan van Rooyen
Manager: Mustapha Boomgaard
Assistant Manager: Johane Singwane
Head Physician: Dr Rob Collins
Physiotherapist: Preven Appalsamy
Massage Therapist: Ram Mpila
Kicking & Skills (HP Coach): Neil de Bruin
Video Analyst: Wynand Ellis

Current defence coach JP Ferreira is in negotiations with Munster


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Fucking hell, another piss easy draw. Couldn't make it up.

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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Fucking hell, another piss easy draw. Couldn't make it up.

:lol:


They're playing 4 NZ franchises. Obviously they don't have the balls to face the mighty Chiefs, but that's a start. Only 2 of them at home, and they also have to travel to Argentina, so they'll be feeling it more so than other years.
Having a bye week then a gentle stroll to Aus and then NZ of course makes it an armchair ride, but you'd hope most teams would be able to keep things organized like that.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Turbogoat wrote:
The Native wrote:
Fucking hell, another piss easy draw. Couldn't make it up.

:lol:


They're playing 4 NZ franchises. Obviously they don't have the balls to face the mighty Chiefs, but that's a start. Only 2 of them at home, and they also have to travel to Argentina, so they'll be feeling it more so than other years.
Having a bye week then a gentle stroll to Aus and then NZ of course makes it an armchair ride, but you'd hope most teams would be able to keep things organized like that.


Didn't the Lions beat the Chiefs the last time they played? In NZ? :)


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Turbogoat wrote:
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Fucking hell, another piss easy draw. Couldn't make it up.

:lol:


They're playing 4 NZ franchises. Obviously they don't have the balls to face the mighty Chiefs, but that's a start. Only 2 of them at home, and they also have to travel to Argentina, so they'll be feeling it more so than other years.
Having a bye week then a gentle stroll to Aus and then NZ of course makes it an armchair ride, but you'd hope most teams would be able to keep things organized like that.

6 home games in their first 8 matches before the bye. Playing in Argentina is a piece of piss, provided you don't gamble by resting your first choice team. They play the shithouse Tahs and Reds away but the best Aussie team at home in Joberg. Canes and Landers at home will be tough, but it'll be nice for the Lions to get some actual opposition. Stormers and Shorks sandwiching the bye will be interesting but both those teams are pretty average. Ending the round robin with the Bulls at home.

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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Jensrsa wrote:
Turbogoat wrote:
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Fucking hell, another piss easy draw. Couldn't make it up.

:lol:


They're playing 4 NZ franchises. Obviously they don't have the balls to face the mighty Chiefs, but that's a start. Only 2 of them at home, and they also have to travel to Argentina, so they'll be feeling it more so than other years.
Having a bye week then a gentle stroll to Aus and then NZ of course makes it an armchair ride, but you'd hope most teams would be able to keep things organized like that.


Didn't the Lions beat the Chiefs the last time they played? In NZ? :)


I am not at all confident about the Chiefs this year, minus the likes of Cruden and Rennie, so any discussion of the Chiefs being 'mighty' is entirely tongue in cheek at this point.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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The Lions have had ridiculously easy draws for the past few years. The fact that they still haven't been able to win a title reflects terribly on them. Last year SANZAAR effectively gave them the title, by sheltering them from playing an NZ teams, only for the Lions to choke in the final in J'burg. I found that funny.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Going traditional

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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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That back is appalling.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Lions 2015-2017
vs NZ 50%
vs Oz 88.9%
vs SA 82.6% (Unbeaten: 17 games)
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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Springbok and Lions captain Warren Whiteley is slowly but surely regaining his fitness.

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Lions coach Swys de Bruin says Whiteley has already featured in two games for his Japanese club, the Docomo Red Hurricanes.

“I had two brief conversations with him, but he is very positive. He played about 20 minutes before Christmas and played a full game this past weekend,” De Bruin told Netwerk24.

The Lions skipper is expected to return to Johannesburg at the end of the month - in time for their warm-up game against the Bulls at Ellis Park on January 27.

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/whiteley-back-in-action-in-japan-20180112


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Lions and Springbok flank Jaco Kriel is making good progress recovering from a shoulder injury, Lions coach Swys de Bruin has said.

Kriel went under the knife in September last year when he injured his shoulder in the Springboks’ 23-all Rugby Championship draw against Australia in Perth.

At the time it was said he would be sidelined for six months.

“Jaco is very important to us. He is the team’s rock. He is recovering well from his shoulder injury,” De Bruin told Netwerk24.

“He is a guy that recovers faster than the normal player. However, it’s tough to say whether we’ll have him ready for the first two (Super Rugby) games.”

https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/de-bruin-happy-with-kriels-recovery-process-20180112


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Swys de Bruin’s troops still only have one warm-up game scheduled before Super Rugby but he’s also getting quite a few match-fit stars back.
There never seems to be a right or a wrong answer to a rugby team’s pre-season preparations.

The Lions and Bulls’ build-up to this year’s revamped (again) Super Rugby campaign attests to that.

While the men from Loftus confirmed earlier this week that they’ll play no less than four proper warm-up matches – against the Lions, Sharks, Stormers and Jaguares – their neighbours from across the Jukskei river are keeping things low-key.

The Lions still have only announced the Bulls match as a warm-up.

Yet they might have point in doing things that way.

Unlike the Bulls, the Lions have a substantial amount of key players only returning later this month due to overseas commitments.

Regular captain Warren Whiteley, Elton Jantjies, Lionel Mapoe and Franco Mostert [and Lourens Erasmus] have all been involved in Japan’s Top League’s playoffs.

Additionally, powerful centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg has been starring for England’s Sale Sharks during his three-month stint at the club while upcoming tighthead Johannes Jonker has been employed as a medical joker (emergency loan replacement) for French giants Montpellier.

The point here is that these players are actually match fit, especially the two men in Europe.

As a result, keeping that core fresh instead of overplaying them before the season actually starts seems to dictate the Lions’ thinking.

Coach Swys de Bruin isn’t too perturbed about only welcoming those stalwarts back later.

“It’s the reality,” he said.

“But I’m really chuffed with the way our pre-season is going. Given the big guns’ absence, it’s been great to explore our depth and work with the up-and-coming guys keen to knock on the door.”

https://citizen.co.za/sport/south-africa-sport/sa-rugby-sport/1779336/there-seems-method-to-lions-low-key-pre-season-prep/


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Coach Swys de Bruin is concerned over the workload of most of his stars and rather wants to take a measured approach to conditioning.
The Lions’ leading Springboks like hooker Malcolm Marx, Franco Mostert and Elton Jantjies will be put on ice for their Super Rugby warm-up against the Bulls at Ellis Park next weekend.

In what will be the Lions’ only major pre-season game before their official opener at home against the Sharks on February 17, upbeat Lions coach Swys de Bruin said some of their top players had simply carried too much of a heavy workload since last year.

“Our conditioning coach Ivan van Rooyen is doing excellent work on managing these players who either toured with the Boks in November or jumped straight into the Japan and European seasons,” he said.

“Most of them will be back with us between January 22 and 25, which will give us an opportunity to give the rest of the squad time against the Bulls.”

Some 16 to 17 players would be rested for the Bulls game, but said the Bulls would also field a weakened side because they are in action on the same day against the Sharks in Polokwane.

De Bruin said others like prop Johannes Jonker (from Montpellier) and Rohan Janse van Rensburg will return from the Sale Sharks at the end of the month, while Kwagga Smith will return from Sevens duty on February 8.

“Jaco Kriel will miss about three games. He is recovering well after his shoulder operation but Ruan Combrinck will only return mid-April after his shoulder surgery,” said De Bruin.

“Warren Whiteley played a full 80 minutes in Japan last week and said it’s looking promising after his groin injury,” he said.

https://citizen.co.za/sport/south-africa-sport/sa-rugby-sport/1786856/lions-springboks-put-on-ice-for-bulls-warm-up/


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Some great tries. Hopefully we'll see more of the same this year

Lions - Best tries of the 2017 Super Rugby season

Lions - Best tries of the 2016 Super Rugby season

Lions - Best long range tries


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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This is our year!


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DraadkarD wrote:
This is our year!


Who are you supporting in SR now the Cheetahs are gone? The Bulls?


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Jensrsa wrote:
DraadkarD wrote:
This is our year!


Who are you supporting in SR now the Cheetahs are gone? The Bulls?


What do you mean my brother? My body might be in Bloemfontein, but my heart is now in Doornfontein!


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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DraadkarD wrote:
Jensrsa wrote:
DraadkarD wrote:
This is our year!


Who are you supporting in SR now the Cheetahs are gone? The Bulls?


What do you mean my brother? My body might be in Bloemfontein, but my heart is now in Doornfontein!


Sorry, I forgot


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Nobody except the most ardent Pretorianer will support the Bulls. Don't like their management, at all.


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Wilson's Toffee wrote:
Nobody except the most ardent Tshwanaaier will support the Bulls.


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DraadkarD wrote:
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Nobody except the most ardent Tshwanaaier will support the Bulls.


Fixed



Tja. Also true.


Was there this morning - couldn't get away fast enough, "terug Noorde toe" !!

Back in the office before 12:00 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Lions 2018 Schedule

Saturday 17 February: Lions v Sharks - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15 SAST
Saturday 24 February: Lions v Jaguares - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 15:05 SAST

Saturday 3 March: Bulls v Lions - Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:15 SAST
Saturday 10 March: Lions v Blues - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15 SAST
Saturday 17 March: Lions v Sunwolves - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15 SAST

Saturday 24 March: Jaguares v Lions - Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 16:40 ART | 21:40 SAST
Sunday 1 April: Lions - Crusaders - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 14:30 SAST
Saturday 7 April: Lions v Stormers - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15 SAST

Bye
Friday 20 April: Waratahs v Lions - Allianz Stadium, Sydney 19:45 AEST | 9:45 SAST
Saturday 28 April: Reds v Lions - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 15:05 AEST | 5:05 SAST
Saturday 5 May: Hurricanes v Lions - TBC 19:35 NZT | 7:35 SAST
Saturday 12 May: Highlanders v Lions - TBC 19:35 NZT | 7:35 SAST

Saturday 19 May: Lions v Brumbies - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 17:15SAST
Saturday 26 May: Stormers v Lions - DHL Newlands, Capetown 17:15 SAST
Bye: SA Conference
Test Window
Saturday 30 June: Sharks v Lions - Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 17:15 SAST
Bye
Saturday 14 July: Lions v Bulls - Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg 15:05 SAST


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Cape Town - With the 2018 Super Rugby competition just a few weeks away, the Lions have been dealt an huge blow with news that Springbok wing, Courtnall Skosan has suffered a serious knee injury.

READ: Bulls to revisit glory days (well, at least at lock)

Skosan, who had a stellar campaign in last year's Super Rugby season where the Lions lost 25-17 to the Crusaders in the final at Ellis Park, suffered the injury at a practice on Monday.

Scans later confirmed that the he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The Lions are set to host the Bulls in a pre-season encounter on Saturday at Ellis Park at 15:00 while their Super Rugby campaign gets underway on at home against the Sharks on February 17.


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Cape Town - With the 2018 Super Rugby competition just a few weeks away, the Lions have been dealt an huge blow with news that Springbok wing, Courtnall Skosan has suffered a serious knee injury.

READ: Bulls to revisit glory days (well, at least at lock)

Skosan, who had a stellar campaign in last year's Super Rugby season where the Lions lost 25-17 to the Crusaders in the final at Ellis Park, suffered the injury at a practice on Monday.

Scans later confirmed that the he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The Lions are set to host the Bulls in a pre-season encounter on Saturday at Ellis Park at 15:00 while their Super Rugby campaign gets underway on at home against the Sharks on February 17.


Bad news. With both Skosan and Combrinck out Mahuza and the Lions youngsters will have to step up big time


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Lions Team to play the Bulls in the warm up on Saturday:

15 Gianni Lombard, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Manny Rass, 12 Howard Mnisi (captain), 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 PJ Steenkamp, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Corné Fourie, 1 Sti Sithole.
Bench: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Cohen Kiewit, 18 Pikkie de Villiers, 19 James Venter, 20 Len Massyn, 21 Christiaan Meyer, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Louritz van der Schyff, 24 Wandisile Simelane.

Corne Fourie at hooker?
A lot of youngsters though


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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This, easy draw, easy draw bleating...jeeze these Kiwis are that needy, man, I say it time and time again but what would actually happen if all their teams went through a massive slump, like every other team has/will go, will Kiwis survive, will New Zealand sink into the sea?

Its just a game Bros, a game of which out of the top 10 nations is only the main sport for 2(Wales&New Zealand).


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odd144 wrote:
would actually happen if all their teams went through a massive slump, like every other team has/will go, will Kiwis survive, will New Zealand sink into the sea?


Maybe what happened at the turn of the century, when the ABs went five seasons without winning the Bledisloe, couldn't win a RWC to save themselves, had unprecedented losing streaks, and one year did not have a single SR team make the playoffs.

It was arguably the most commercially successful era of rugby we've ever had, with sold out stadiums the norm at international, S12 and provincial level.

I think we'll be fine.


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S12

WTF is S12, sounds relevant...13 years ago.


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odd144 wrote:
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S12

WTF is S12, sounds relevant...13 years ago.


Look, I’m sorry I don’t have a more recent reference point for our shitness. Really sorry.


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Skosan out for at least 6 months. Knee injury.


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Skosan out for at least 6 months. Knee injury.


Bad news. But we'll introduce Aphiwe Dyantyi to the world :)


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Lions aim to end wait for Super Rugby title

Coach Swys de Bruin after the Lions vs Bulls Super Rugby warm-up match - 27 Jan 2018


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The one man, more than any other, Lions boss Swys de Bruin will want to see run out against the Sharks in their opening Super Rugby game on February 17 is No 8 Warren Whiteley.

The Lions captain will be a key figure this season following the departure last year of head coach Johan Ackermann and players Faf de Klerk and Ruan Ackermann and because of the unavailability of Ruan Combrinck, Courtnall Skosan, Jaco Kriel, Lourens Erasmus and Andries Ferreira. Also, Julian Redelinghuys, a veteran of sorts of front row play, has been forced to retire from the game because of injury.

It’s very much a case of the Lions - back-to-back runners up in the last two years - heading into unknown territory this season, because of the changes in the coaching team and the fact a few new players will come into the reckoning over the coming months.

Whiteley, as the team’s captain and a man who’s gained plenty of experience over the years, will be the glue keeping it all together. And de Bruin knows this.

“Warren is a natural leader and he’s so crucial to this side,” said De Bruin about his No 8. “Everyone is so pleased he’s back with us and fit again ... I’m probably the happiest of everyone.”

The still first-choice Springbok skipper returned to Joburg from Japan last week where he returned to action for the Red Hurricanes after sitting out most of last year with a groin injury. Whiteley, after being named Bok skipper before the June series against France, led the side in the first two Tests before a groin injury knocked him out of the game until December.

“He reported to training last week and you could just see that he had that spark again,” enthused De Bruin. “I’m not going to worry about him playing any warm-up games or things like that ... he’s an experienced guy and will slot right back in when we’re ready to play again.”

Whiteley was one of the Lions regulars who didn’t feature in the side’s only warm-up against the Bulls at Ellis Park on Saturday, but he was an interested observer, watching from the stands. He said he was “fine” and keen to play again.

De Bruin, meanwhile, is set to name his final Super Rugby squad on Tuesday and while he recently stated he wasn’t worried about the depth in any positions - more so after seeing his union’s youngsters score a 66-22 win against a second-string Bulls side at the weekend - a mini crisis, it seems, has developed at lock.

Both Erasmus and Ferreira - regulars in the matchday squad last season - are said to be carrying injuries and are unlikely to be ready for the start of the competition, leaving De Bruin with only Franco Mostert as a seasoned second row player. JP du Preez has also left the Lions for the Cheetahs, but at least Marvin Orie has some top-level experience behind him.

“I am not worried about our depth,” said De Bruin last week. “We’re covered in all the positions and I trust our junior systems, so we’re okay in the depth department.”

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/super-rugby/whitely-has-that-spark-again-and-lions-coach-de-bruin-is-delighted-13006121

Squad announcement today


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 Post subject: Re: Lions SR thread 2018
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Fullbacks: Andries Coetzee, Sylvian Mahuza, Shaun Reynolds

Wings: Ruan Combrinck (*), Aphiwe Dyanti, Courtnall Skosan (*), Madosh Tambwe

Centres: Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Howard Mnisi, Harold Vorster

Flyhalves: Ashlon Davids, Elton Jantjies

Scrumhalves: Ross Cronje, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Christiaan Meyer (**), Dillon Smit

Loose Forwards: Cyle Brink, Hacjivah Dayimani, Willie Engelbrecht, Jaco Kriel (*), Len Massyn, Marnus Schoeman (***), Kwagga Smith, Warren Whiteley

Locks: Lourens Erasmus, Andries Ferreira (*), Rhyno Herbst (*), Robert Kruger, Franco Mostert, Marvin Orie

Hookers: Robbie Coetzee, Malcolm Marx

Hooker/Prop: Corne Fourie

Props: Jacobie Adriaanse, Ruan Dreyer, Johannes Jonker, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Jacques van Rooyen



(*) - Denotes injured
(**) - On loan from Griquas
(***) - On loan from Pumas


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