The Western Province team to take on the Lions in Johannesburg this weekend has been named, being bolstered by returning Springboks Siya Kolisi and Juan de Jongh, both coming straight into the starting line-up.
Ederies Arendse seems to have recovered from his ankle strain in time to take his place in the backline, with Juan de Jongh’s replacement of JP du Plessis being the single change to the backline. Demetri Catrakilis and Louis Schreuder continue their halfback pairing for the time being.
Amongst the forwards, WP boast an almost Springbok loose trio, with Kolisi being joined by Duane Vermeulen in trio, with Tyrone Holmes completing the set. Deon Fourie will captain the side from the middle of the front row.
On the bench, Coetzee has opted to include Dewaldt Duvenhage as backup scrumhalf, while Jebb Sinclair is the loosie cover with lock Don Armand also able to play in the loose.
In further news, rugby365.com reports that Deon Fourie will be leaving Western Province at the end of the Currie Cup season, making his way to Toulon in France. After playing all over the place for the Cape team, and being snubbed for Springbok duty in favour of both Tiaan Liebenberg and Craig Burden, must have put this in motion.
Western Province: 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain), 12. Marcel Brache, 11. Ederies Arendse, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Tyrone Holmes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Don Armand, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie (captain), 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 JP du Plessis, 22 Kurt Coleman.Tweet