JOHANNESBURG – If everything goes according to plan Warren Whiteley will return to action for the Lions in this year’s Currie Cup competition - in his bid to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup starting in September.
The tall No 8 played four games this year as chest and knee injuries ruled him out of most of the Super Rugby competition. He has not been selected to take part in the Bok planning and assessment camp currently on the go in Pretoria, ahead of the international season.
The highly regarded and experienced Whiteley could well lead the Lions then when they kick off their Currie Cup campaign in 16 days’ time against the Pumas at Ellis Park, but who will make up the rest of the Lions team is anyone’s guess.
Five Lions players - Aphiwe Dyantyi, Elton Jantjies, Kwagga Smith, Marvin Orie and Malcolm Marx - are in the Bok planning camp and could be involved in the shortened Rugby Championship next month and in August, which would curtail their involvement in the Currie Cup, while several other players' futures in the red and white are uncertain.
The Lions were supposed to name their Currie Cup squad and management team today but postponed the announcement because they were “still very busy finalising the Currie Cup management, squad and player movement”.