Breaking news, guys… Henno Mentz has left Durban and will turn out for the Lions in the 2009 Super 14.
The speedy winger has seen his shares dip alarmingly in Sharks country over the last few seasons and has seemingly grasped the prospect of further Super rugby exposure with both hands. Had he stayed in Durban, he would probably be playing Vodacom Cup, as he is now way down in a pecking order that includes the likes of Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Waylon Murray, Chris Jordaan, Lwazi Mvovo and Wes Bodmer.
Lions coach Loffie Eloff will have another Bok winger in his team this year, as Ashwin Willemse has returned from a brief stint in France. Along with a finally-fit Andre Pretorius and the talismanic Mossie Fourie, the Lions will at least have some genuine international experience among the backs. It seems as though skipper Ernst Joubert will miss the opening period of the competition through injury, though.
Speaking of injured loose forwards, Cheetahs captain Juan Smith is in a race against time to be fit for his side’s warmup games, against the Sharks in Abu Dhabi and then against the Bulls back in SA. Smith has been stood down following a number of concussions last year and having witnessed teammate Chris Rossouw’s career cut short due to too many knocks to the head, the popular flanker has decided to take his time.
Smith is pretty keen to get at least one warmup game under his belt, though, before the season starts for real in the second week of February.Tweet