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Lions Super rugby head coach Swys de Bruin has named Kwagga Smith to captain his team to play the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

The Lions will be without Malcolm Marx for this match which gives Jan-Henning Campher an opportunity to come into the starting line up.

Campher gets his first start for the Lions since joining at the beginning of the year.

Ross Cronje will undergo a small procedural operation which will keep him out of action for a week.

The Lions have also announced that prop Dylan Smith and loose-forward Vincent Tshituka have both put pen to paper to continue their journey with the Lions until 2021.

Both are local players with Smith having matriculated at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg and Tshituka a former learner of Northcliff High.

Smith represented the Lions at Craven Week in 2011 and 2012 and a year later represented the union at Under 19 level.

The flanker Tshituka only started playing rugby in grade eight at wing. He moved to flank in grade 10 and went on to represent the Lions Academy side in 2016.

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi; 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom; 8 Kwagga Smith (c), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements:16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Vincent Tshituka, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Tyrone Green

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