Lionel Mapoe is celebrating 100 Vodacom Super Rugby caps this weekend when the Emirates Lions take the field against the Brumbies at the GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday (11:45 SA time).
Mapoe, who has 116 Super Rugby caps in total having played for two other franchises in his career (Free State & Bulls), has scored 32 Super Rugby tries in total.
Malcolm Marx will lead a very experienced side on the field with seven players boasting 60 Super Rugby caps and more in the starting XV. The most experienced player in the side is Elton Jantjies who has racked up an impressive 126 Super Rugby caps (adding his 13 Super matches for the Stormers), since joining the franchise in 2011.
This followed by Andries Coetzee (86), Nic Groom (70), Stephan Lewies (69), Ruan Combrinck (68) and Marx (61) while Ross Cronje adds 81 caps from the bench.
Emirates Lions vs Brumbies (VSR caps):
Andries Coetzee (86); Ruan Combrinck (68), Lionel Mapoe (116), Franco Naude (4), Aphiwe Dyantyi (20); Elton Jantjies (126), Nic Groom (70); Hacjivah Dayimani (17), Stephan Lewies (69), Cyle Brink (37), Marvin Orie (34), Rhyno Herbst (7), Johannes Jonker (28), Malcolm Marx (61), Nathan McBeth (3). Reserves: Robbie Coetzee (45), Sti Sithole (20), Carlu Sadie (16), Wilhelm van der Sluys (12), Marnus Schoeman (24), Ross Cronje (81), Gianni Lombard (4), Sylvian Mahuza (34).