Rugby 10.8.2016 06:43 pm

Coetzee, Cronje or Mnisi to lead the Lions in Currie Cup?

Robbie Coetzee of the Lions attacks during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Highlanders at Emirates Airline Park on May 09, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Robbie Coetzee of the Lions attacks during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Highlanders at Emirates Airline Park on May 09, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Welcome inclusions are that of lock Andries Ferreira, who opted not to return to overseas duty, and flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff who will only go to Ireland after the Currie Cup campaign.

Despite missing nine players on Springbok duty the Lions were able to name a strong 37-man Currie Cup squad on Wednesday.

And that list grew to 10 with flank Warwick Tecklenburg continuing with his Japan stint in between the Super Rugby break and later to be joined by Elton Jantjies, Lionel Mapoe and maybe Jaco Kriel, while Franco Mostert’s French deal still hangs in the balance.

With both captains, flank Jaco Kriel and No 8 Warren Whiteley, on Bok duty, coach Johan Ackermann could decide between hooker Robbie Coetzee, scrumhalf Ross Cronje and centre Howard Mnisi to lead the team in their defence of the trophy they won last year with an unbeaten run ending with a 32-24 win in the final over Western Province at Ellis Park.

Welcome inclusions are that of lock Andries Ferreira, who opted not to return to overseas duty, and flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff, who will only go to Ireland after the Currie Cup campaign.

Bok tourist and experienced hooker Robbie Coetzee also makes a welcome return after recovering from knee surgery.

After getting a bye last weekend because of their involvement in the Super Rugby Final, the Lions will open their campaign on Saturday against the Pumas at 3pm.

The Lions will announce their match-day squad on Thursday.

Xerox Golden Lions 2016 Currie Cup squad:

Forwards:

Dylan Smith

Corné Fourie

Jacques van Rooyen

Pieter Scholtz

Justin Ackerman

Armand van der Merwe

Ramone Samuels

Robbie Coetzee

Andries Ferreira

MB Lusaseni

Lourens Erasmus

Bobby de Wee

JP du Preez

Ruan Ackermann

Cyle Brink

Steph de Wit

Ruaan Lerm

Fabian Booysen

Victor Sekekete

Kwagga Smit

Backs:

Ross Cronjé

Dillon Smit

Marco Janse van Vuren

Marnitz Boshoff

Jaco van der Walt

Ashlon Davids

Courtnall Skosan

Anthony Volmink

Selom Gavor

Koch Marx

Sylvian Mahuza

Andries Coetzee

JW Bell

Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Howard Mnisi

Stokkies Hanekom

Jacques Nel

Injured but might still play Currie Cup:

Jano Venter

Injured and will miss Currie Cup:

Ruan Dreyer

Robert Kruger

Harold Vorster

Springboks and Japan:

Warwick Tecklenburg

Warren Whiteley

Faf de Klerk

Ruan Combrinck

Malcolm Marx

Julian Redelinghuys

Lionel Mapoe

Elton Jantjies

Franco Mostert

Jaco Kriel

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