Swys de Bruin commits for further two years
Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company, can confirm that Emirates Lions coach Swys de Bruin has committed to the LRC for another two years.
“Swys (de Bruin) will remain at the Lions and has extended his contract until 2021 with the Franchise. Lions Rugby remains a system driven Franchise focused on stability within the structures of our players and coaches,” Straeuli said.
Brink back for Sharks clash
Emirates Lions flanker Cyle Brink makes his return to the playing field this weekend after seven months on the side-line with a knee injury for the big clash with the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Friday.
The injury, sustained during a Springbok training session, was a bit of a freak accident as someone fell on him during training and he tore his right patella tendon just below the knee cap.
The Lions will celebrate Lionel Mapoes’ 99th Vodacom Super Rugby match for the union on Friday. The experienced winger joined the Lions back in 2011 and have gone on to score 29 tries for the men in red and white.
After six matches, the Lions have scored 25 tries, second to the Crusaders on 29. The teams who have scored the most tries up to now:
Crusaders 29 – 185 points – 7 matches
Lions 25 – 174 points – 6 matches
Chiefs 24 – 196 points – 7 matches
Rebels 24 – 166 points – 6 matches
Hurricanes 23 – 175 points – 7 matches
Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks (19:10):
Andries Coetzee; Tyrone Green, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Lionel Mapoe, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje; Ruan Vermaak, Cyle Brink, Marnus Schoeman, Marvin Orie, Rhyno Herbst, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx ©, Sti Sithole. Reserves: Jan-Henning Campher, Nathan McBeth, Frans van Wyk, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Stephan Lewies, Nic Groom, Hacjivah Dayimani, Sylvian Mahuza/Wandisile Simelane
Supersport Challenge (friendly):
Xerox Golden Lions vs Cell C Sharks (16:00):
Shaun Reynolds; Ruan Combrinck, Franco Naude, Harold Vorster, Stean Pienaar; Gianni Lombard, Bradley Thain; Jo-Hanko de Villiers, PJ Steenkamp, James Venter, Darrien-Lane Landsberg, Ruben Schoeman, Johannes Jonker, Robbie Coetzee, Danie Mienie. Reserves: Pieter Jansen, Leo Kruger, Chergin Fillies, Cristen van Niekerk, MJ Pelser, Mandisi Mthiyane, Tinus Combrink, Jeanluc Cilliers, Eddie Fouche, Madosha Tambwe, Jan-Louis La Grange