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The Emirates Lions will head to Belfast in their final tour fixture of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) to face Irish side, Ulster at Kingspan Stadium on Friday.

Carlu Sadie makes a return to the starting line-up, with Reinhard Nothnagel and Sibusiso Sangweni collecting their first starting berths in the VURC.

Nothnagel comes in for the injured Pieter Jansen van Vuren, while Sangweni features in what reflects a few selection rotations in the match 23.

Commenting on last week’s performance against Glasgow Warriors, Emirates Lions head coach, Ivan van Rooyen, was upbeat ahead of his team’s fourth round encounter.

“There were quite a few aspects we felt we improved on in our performance against Glasgow Warriors last week, and that’s the kind of momentum we want to take into the Ulster game.”

“This is the final game of our 4-week tour so naturally we want to end it on a high,” he concluded.

Wilhelm van der Sluys, Emmanuel Tshituka and flyhalf Fred Zeilinga will all have an opportunity to make their tournament debuts off the substitutes bench on Friday.

Kicks-off is at 20:35 (SA time).

Referee: Mike Adamson

Emirates Lions

Sti Sithole
Jaco Visagie
Carlu Sadie
Ruben Schoeman
Reinhard Nothnagel
Sibusiso Sangweni
Vincent Tshituka
Ruhan Straeuli
Andre Warner
EW Viljoen
Rabz Maxwane
Burger Odendaal (c)
Manuel Rass
Stean Pienaar
Divan Rossouw


PJ Botha
Ruan Dreyer
Asenathi Ntlabakanye
Wilhelm van der Sluys
Emmanuel Tshituka
Morne van den Berg
Fred Zeilinga
Wandisile Simelane

The Lions u20s will be in action in the semi-final of the SA Rugby u20 Cup against the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Friday.

The Lions ended their campaign top of the log, after five wins and one draw. The previous encounter between the Lions and the visitors from Durban ended in a 27-15 win for the Jozi side.

The match kicks-off at 13:00.

Lions U20

Heiko Pohlmann
Jacques-Lois du Toit
Sibusiso Shongwe  
Babalo Makana
Conor van Buuren
Jarod Cairns
Ruan Venter
Izan Esterhuizen
Nico Steyn
Jurich Claasens
Boldwin Hansen
Tyler Bocks (c)
Ngia Selengbe
Indiphile Tyeda
Quan Horn


Allister Williams
Okuhle Siyeni
Kabous Bezuidenhout
Justin Kalamer
Sisonke Vumazonke
Sihlalo Benge  
Josh Jonas
Setshaba Mokoena
Henco van Wyk
Joshua van Vreden
Prince Mulea

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