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Lions ring changes for Bulls

Johannesburg – The Golden Lions Rugby Union on Thursday announced the Golden Lions team to take on the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in a Currie Cup clash on Saturday.

Interim coach Johan Ackermann has made eight changes to the run-on XV that did duty against the Griquas last weekend.

Interim Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made eight changes to the run-on XV that did duty against the Griquas. Credit: Steve Haag Gallo Images

In the front row, Callie Visagie replaces Banidse Maku at hooker, while Jacobie Adriaanse replaces CJ van der Linde at prop.

Other changes in the forward pack sees Hendrik Roodt replacing Joshua Strauss at lock and Cobus Grobbelaar replaces Jaco Kriel at flank.

In the backs, Michael Bondesio replaces Ross Cronje at scrumhalf, Ruan Combrinck replaces Anthony Volmink at left wing, Alwyn Hollenbach replaces Butch James at inside centre and Deon Helberg replaces JR Esterhuizen at right wing.

Meanwhile on the bench, Van der Linde replaces Ruan Dreyer and will serves as cover for the props, while Jaco Taute will be on the bench in place of Deon Helberg, who starts.

Lions team: Andries Coetzee, Deon Helberg, Lionel Mapoe, Alwyn Hollenbach, Ruan Combrinck, Elton Jantjies, Michael Bondesio, Warren Whiteley, Willie Britz, Cobus Grobbelaar, Franco Van der Merwe, Hendrik Roodt, Jacobie Adriaanse, Callie Visagie, JC Janse van Rensburg (c).

Replacements: Bandise Maku, CJ Van der Linde, Michael Rhodes, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronje, Butch James, Jaco Taute. – Sapa

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