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Whiteley to lead Lions for 50th time against Kings

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Johannesburg based Super Rugby franchise the Lions have named captain Warren Whiteley to lead the side for the 50th time on Saturday against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Whiteley returns to his former playing ground having represented the Kings five times (2009) and will be playing his 71st game for the Lions.

He is the most experienced Lions captain during the last ten years with Baywatch Grobbelaar on 28 and Josh Strauss 17.

In other Lions news Courtnall Skosan scored a record breaking 4 tries in the match for the Lions Super franchise against the Reds last weekend.

Previously, the following players shared the record of 3 tries in a single Lions Super Rugby match:

Henno Mentz 3 vs Reds 2009, Wandile Mjekevu vs Chiefs 2010, and Lionel Mapoe, on two occasions, vs Cheetahs 2014 and Blues 2016.

With his four tries Skosan moved up to 20 Lions Super career tries in 40 matches since 2014. He now equals Lionel Mapoe’s record of 20 tries for the Super Lions in 65 matches since 2011.

Lions

1.Jacques van Rooyen,2. Malcolm Marx,3. Ruan Dreyer,4. Andries Ferreira,5. Franco Mostert,6. Jaco Kriel,7. Ruan Ackermann,8. Warren Whiteley ©,9. Faf de Klerk,10. Elton Jantjies,11. Courtnall Skosan,12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 13. Harold Vorster,14. Madosh Tambwe,15. Andries Coetzee

Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe,17. Sti Sitole,18. Hencus van Wyk,19. Lourens Erasmus, 20. Kwagga Smith,21. Dillon Smit,22. Jacques Nel,23. Sylvian Mahuza

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