Lions tour group announced

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super 14 on 25 Mar 2009 at 17:17
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Robert Kruger and Deon van Rensburg are the two newcomers named in Loffie Eloff’s 26-man squad embarking on a four-match tour of the Antipodes this weekend.

Kruger is a 21-year-old loose forward from the Leopards who recently represented the Pukke in the Varsity Cup. He is highly rated in Lions land and has been picked ahead of any number of other promising young loosies. The Lions certainly don’t seem short of talent in the back row. Centre is a different story, though, with last week’s first-choice inside centre, Barry Goodes, now nowhere to be seen. Doppies La Grange is back in the mix with van Rensburg, a journeyman centre also from Potch picked ahead of both Goodes and the unlucky Walter Venter.

One person who will not be on the tour is Leon Boshoff, despite being found not-guilty of a racial slur. Apparently the relationship between employer and employee has broken down to such an extent that Boshoff has been shown the door, with a paid-up contract in his back pocket. Eddie Jones has also turned down the dubious honour of joining the Lions on tour, meaning Eloff will presumably be flying solo.

Lions tour squad:
Props: JC Janse van Rensburg, Gert Muller, Lawrence Sephaka, Heinke van der Merwe
Hookers: Hans van Dyk, Willie Wepener
Locks: Jannes Labuschagne, Gerhard Mostert, Anton van Zyl
Loosies: Willem Alberts, Todd Clever, Cobus Grobbelaar, Robert Kruger, Franco van der Merwe,Ernst Joubert
Scrumhalves: Chris Jonck, Jano Vermaak
Flyhalves: Andre Pretorius, Earl Rose
Centres: Jaque Fourie, Doppies la Grange, Deon van Rensburg
Outside Backs: Shandre Frolick, Louis Ludik, Henno Mentz, Ashwin Willemse


  • They’re going nowhere with this bunch… sorry to say

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.03.09 17:30:34 by robdylan Reply
  • Did Heinke ever make it off the bench for the boks? I can’t remember if he really did get a cap.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.03.09 17:40:35 by molly Reply
  • @molly (Comment 2) : he did – against Wales in 2007

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.03.09 17:54:03 by robdylan Reply
  • pretorius takes looong time to get in shape. I’d rather see Earl given extended run at FL.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.03.09 18:01:15 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 4) : he’ll hardly be back in shape before getting injured again

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.03.09 18:21:58 by robdylan Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 4) :

    After losing their forwards coach who they played so bravely for against the Brumbies… methinks Earl Rose is hardly the motivating team member at the moment…

    Wish them well… but a drubbing is coming…

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.03.09 02:28:39 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 6) :

    So how come they could not perform while the forwards coach was there Bryce??? 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.03.09 09:18:26 by wpw Reply

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