Loffie’s new Lions

New Lions coach Eugene Eloff has selected a 37-man pre-Currie Cup training squad.

The 37 hopeful players will join together for the Lions training camp from Monday until Wednesday. Thereafter they will be playing in a warm up game against the Western Force on Saturday, 10 June at Ellis Park. After this match they will be narrowed down and the 2006 Lions Currie Cup team will be announced.

“I’m excited about the group I’ll be working with, as we have a fantastic mix of both youth and more experienced players,” said Eloff.

The group attending the camp is as follows:

Pietman van Niekerk, Willie Wepener, Bertus Smit, Cobus Grobler, Willem Stoltz, Roland Bernard, Trevor Hall, Ernst Joubert, Dave von Hoesslin, Jody Rose, Marius Schoeman, James van der Walt, Daniel Muller, Gerhard Mostert, Gordon Gilfillan, Cobus Grobbelaar, Juan Deysel, Russell Winter, Rory Kockett, Nel Fourie, Dewey Swartbooi, Thabang Molefe, Edrich van Tonder, John Daniels, Mark Harris, Heinrich Kok, Eugene Maqwelana, Derick Minnie, Pietie Ferreira, Doppies la Grange, Warren van Rooyen, Louis Ludik, Jorrie Muller, Grant Esterhuizen, Wylie Human, Earl Rose, JC Janse van Rensburg, James van der Walt.

The final team will be made up of the above players. Injured players are Conrad Jantjes, Nick Eyre and Alten Hulme while Heinke van der Merwe, Jano Vermaak and Schalk van der Merwe are at busy with the Springbok U21 training camp in Wellington.