Lions bring their stars back for Kings play off

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has wasted no time in bringing back his stars for their Super Rugby promotion/relegation series against the Southern Kings.

Ackermann has opted to include all three of the players that recently returned from their loan stints at other Super Rugby franchises.

Elton Jantjies, Franco van der Merwe and Martin Bezuidenhout will all start for the Lions.

The first of the two matches – to be played on a home and away basis – will be played on Friday evening in Port Elizabeth with a local kick off of 19h10.

On the injury front, the Lions welcome back Hendrik Roodt, who has recovered from German measles.

Michael Bondesio has also recovered from his calf, while Warren Whiteley also returns.

Lions

15. Ruan Combrinck , 14. Deon van Rensburg , 13. Stokkies Hanekom , 12. Dylan des Fountain , 11. Anthony Volmink , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Michael Bondesio , 8. Warren Whiteley , 7. Derick Minnie , 6. Jaco Kriel , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Hendrik Roodt , 3. Julian Redelinghuys , 2. Martin Bezuidenhout , 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements : 16. Robbie Coetzee , 17. Ruan Dreyer , 18. Willie Britz , 19. Warwick Tecklenburg , 20. Ross Cronje , 21. Marnitz Boshoff , 22. Chrysander Botha

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