Hollenbach heads to Jo’burg

Cheetahs utility back Alwyn Hollenbach has joined the Golden Lions ahead of their Currie Cup opener against the Bulls.

The Lions open their campaign against the Blue Bulls at Loftus on Saturday and Die Volksblad reports Hollenbach will begin training with his new team-mates on Monday. The former SA U19 representative has played centre, but is likely to fill in at No 15 due to Louis Ludik’s long-term knee injury.

Hollenbach has struggled with injuries recently but is the latest arrival in Johannesburg ahead of the campaign. Others include flyhalf Herkie Kruger from Italian club rugby, Johan Jackson (Tukkies centre/wing), Pieter Engelbrecht (UCT centre), as well as former Valke lock Nico Luus.

Players that have left the Lions recently for overseas clubs include Dewald Senekal, Willie Wepener, Ethienne Reyneke and Ernst Joubert. Others who have long-term ailments who will miss the start of the competition include Andre Pretorius, Lawrence Sephaka, Gerhard Mostert, Jannes Labuschagne, Heinke van der Merwe and Ludik.

The Lions beat the Griffons 54-7 in a compulsory friendly on the weekend with Jackson, Dusty Noble and Franco van der Merwe all grabbing a brace. Kruger added six conversions against the first division side.