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Lions boss mixes issues up for URC conflict in opposition to Ospreys

Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen has introduced his matchday 23 for the United Rugby Championship Take a look at in opposition to the Ospreys in Swansea on Saturday, kick-off is 8.30pm.

Will probably be the Lions’ first of three tour matches in Europe. They misplaced their opening sport of the brand new season, in opposition to the Bulls at Ellis Park final Saturday.

The Lions will even face Cardiff and Edinburgh on tour.

Van Rooyen has this week opted for a brand new halfback pairing in Sanele Nohamba and Gianni Lombard, with Morne van den Berg and Jordan Hendrikse shifting to the bench.

There may be additionally a brand new centre pairing with Zander du Plessis getting an opportunity, whereas up entrance Emmanuel Tshituka can be again within the beginning aspect.

Talking earlier this week, Lions forwards and lineouts coach Albert van den Berg defined how the aspect had made minor changes waiting for Saturday’s sport.

“We should enhance on our particular person errors and keep away from conceding gentle penalties as a result of we all know {that a} workforce like Ospreys will capitalise on our errors,” he mentioned.

“An enormous emphasis has been geared in the direction of enhancing on a number of technical elements particularly in our lineout and scrums and to make sure everybody understands and executes their roles precisely,” concluded the previous Springbok lineout jumper.

Lions: Andries Coetzee, Edwill van der Merwe, Zander du Plessis, Marius Louw, Quan Horn, Gianni Lombard, Sanele Nohamba, Franckee Horn, Emmanuel Tshituka, Sibusiso Sangweni, Reinhard Nothnagel (capt), Ruben Schoeman, Ruan Dreyer, PJ Botha, Sti Sithole. Bench: Jaco Visagie, JP Smith, Ruan Smith, Pieter Jansen van Vuren, Ruan Venter, Morne van den Berg, Jordan Hendrikse, Sango Xamlashe

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