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Springbok wing returns to starting lineup for Lions

Springbok wing Courtnall Skosan will start in his first Super Rugby match of the season when the Lions host the Bulls at Ellis Park on Saturday.


It has been long way back for Skosan who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a freak accident in training during the pre-season.

The 26-year-old’s return to the starting side means fellow Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi drops down to the bench.

Skosan made his first Super Rugby appearance of the year off the bench against the Sharks in Round 17.

The other change in the backline from the side that lost to the Sharks sees Nicholas Groom start at scrumhalf with Ross Cronje playing off the bench.

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In the pack, Jacques van Rooyen will start loosehead prop in place of Dylan Smith.

Smith suffered a calf strain in the match against the Sharks.

On the bench, Marnus Schoeman is bracketed with Hacjivah Dayimani amongst the forwards, and Howard Mnisi is bracketed with Shaun Reynolds.

The Lions can secure top spot in the South African Conference with a win.



15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nicholas Groom, 8. Warren Whiteley (C), 7. Cyle Brink, 6. Albertus Smith, 5. Francois Mostert, 4. Marvin Orie, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16. Corne Fourie, 17. Johannes Jonker, 18. Jacobie Adriaanse, 19. Lourens Erasmus, 20. Marnus Schoeman/Hacjivah Dayimani, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23. Howard Mnisi/Shaun Reynolds.

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sean 2 hours ago
The bite don't match the bark

Yeah, he has a few good points… I disagree that our 7s haven't done anything, we won Bronze in 2016, and we were virtually unplayable to the backend of the “teens” winning the series. 7s is far more competitive globally than Union, so it's fair to say we haven't dominated, but we are almost always contenders. But I do agree that our national side doesn't perform nearly as well as it should between World Cups, and I do agree that our supporters can be too passionate and the opitimity of what Rugby stands against. I have said so many times. And I also believe some context needs to be taken into account with Saturday's win for Ireland. They're a really good team! Settled coaching staff, and bar a few legends retiring, they've had a full season and plenty of time together. We have some youngsters being groomed for the future, have played only 3 games now under a new coaching team with new philosophies and game plans. I'm excited by what the future of this team holds, as much as I am disappointed by the result. But unlike this article suggests, I am never going to take away from what Ireland has achieved, is achieving, and where they're heading. As a Rugby fan, I love the tight games, like the last two weekends. As a Bok Super Fan, I agree we don't perform as well as we should. And as an aside, you come play a game at 7am on our fields, bud. -2°c and frost on the field that is as hard as concrete…. Then we’ll see just how tough you are. Well done Ireland! They played well, and gave our boys a lot to think about. That's what you want from the top two teams in the world. Rugby won. The fans of this greatbsport won. A'n bullshit like this article is why Rugby is losing its identity. I don't like soccer. This article perpetuates the soccer influences the game of Rugby is starting to see. It's why Wayne Barnes retired, feared for his family, and he isn't the only ref to say so. I have called out many Bok fans for being an embarrassment to the game, and I will continue to do so., this article is close to the same bullshit. You should be better.

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