The Lions have been boosted ahead of their tour to the antipodes by the inclusion of both CJ van der Linde and JC van Rensburg in their squad. Both props have been missing in action since the early rounds of Super Rugby.
Out of the picture, though, is suspended Bok flyhalf Butch James, who would only be eligible to play in the very last match of the tour after picking up a four-week ban for a reckless charge last weekend. Also not in contention is scrumhalf Michal Bondesio, who’s still injured. Two former Durbanites, Tian Meyer and Ross Cronje, will tour as the options at 9.
Former Maties lock Grant Hattingh has also been named, after securing his spot with a superb debut performance for the Lions against the Brumbies on Friday night.
Martin Bezuidenhout, Ruan Botha, Patric Cilliers, Andries Coetzee, Ruaan Combrinck, Ross Cronje, Cobus Grobbelaar, Grant Hattingh, Alwyn Hollenbach, JC Janse van Rensburg, Elton Jantjies, James Kamana, Michael Killian, Jaco Kriel, Doppies le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Tian Meyer, Derek Minnie, Caylib Oosthuizen, Hendrik Roodt, Joshua Strauss, Jaco Taute, CJ van der Linde, Franco van der Merwe, Deon van Rensburg, Callie Visagie.