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Lions rest their stars for Argentina trip

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Lions head coach coach Johan Ackermann has rested his Super Rugby star players for this weekend’s Super Rugby match in Buenos Aires against the Jaguares on Saturday.

The Lions lead the Super Rugby standings and have guaranteed a home play off so Ackermann has kept his key players at home to prepare for next week.

The team leaves for Argentina on Wednesday 13 July from OR Tambo International Airport.

“This is a great opportunity for our whole group to experience and express themselves at Super Rugby level and to make sure everybody is prepared at the highest level.

The 15 players that stay behind will have time to work hard physically for the next round of important Super Rugby matches that lie ahead. It also gives us the chance to do some medical rehabilitation with some of them. With the long travelling hours to Argentina one loses a lot of time that could have been spent working with these players.

“That being said, we have a lot of faith in the players that we send to Argentina. They have been part of our extended squad for the whole year and must be ready to play in a play-off game should we need them and we regard this as vital preparation,” said Johan Ackermann, coach of the Lions.

Lions

15 Sylvian Mahuza , 14 Koch Marx , 13 Stokkies Hanekom , 12 Howard Mnisi , 11 Anthony Volmink , 10 Jaco van der Walt , 9 Ross Cronjé © , 8 Cyle Brink , 7 Robert Kruger , 6 Stef de Witt , 5 Lourens Erasmus , 4 Martin Muller , 3 Jacques van Rooyen , 2 Akker van der Merwe , 1 Corné Fourie

Replacements : 16 Ramone Samuels , 17 Clinton Theron , 18 Pieter Scholtz , 19 Fabian Booysen , 20 Ruaan Lerm , 21 Dillon Smit , 22 Jacques Nel , 23 Shaun Reynolds , 24 Bobby de Wee , 25 Ashlon Davids

The Lions are currently 5/1 to win the Super Rugby title.

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