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Johannesburg’s Lions have named Malcolm Marx as team captain for this weekend’s Super rugby match at home against the Bulls.

Marx has assume the captaincy as Warren Whiteley is injured and is set to miss up to eight weeks of Super rugby.

The Springbok hooker shares the try-scoring record in Super Rugby for the Lions with 27, with speedsters Courtnall Skosan and Lionel Mapoe.

The team for this weekend shows three changes in the starting line-up and one positional: Rhyno Herbst in for Marvin Orie (slight groin niggle); Aphiwe Dyantyi in for Courtnall Skosan (rotational); Hacjivah Dayimani in for Warren Whiteley (injured) and Ruan Combrinck moves from 11 to 14.

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies could reach a big milestone this weekend as he has accumulated 996 points across his Super Rugby career to date. With another four points he will become the fifth player in the history of the competition to score 1,000 points.

Dan Carter (1,708) holds the current record as the most prolific scorer in the competition, followed by Morne Steyn (1,449), Beauden Barrett (1,120), and Stirling Mortlock (1,036).

Lions

Andries Coetzee; Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom; Hacjivah Dayimani, Marnus Schoeman, Kwagga Smith, Stephan Lewies, Rhyno Herbst, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith.

Replacements: Pieter Jansen, Sti Sithole, Frans van Wyk, Robert Kruger, Vincent Tshituka, Ross Cronje, Franco Naude, Courtnall Skosan.

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