SA latest – Butch linked to Lions

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Butch linked to Lions – The Lions are expected to announce the signing of Springbok flyhalf Butch James on Tuesday.

The Johannesburg union sent out a press release on Monday confirming that a big-name signing would be arriving on Tuesday. The release didn’t give any further details, but it’s believed that James is the player in question.

There are rumours that BJ Botha, who is currently playing for Ulster, is another Bok in the Lions’ crosshairs. Both James and Botha are hoping to feature in the World Cup squad, and returning to South Africa will certainly help their selection chances.

Lions look to Vermaak – Jano Vermaak will partner Andre Pretorius at halfback in Tuesday’s Tri-Series game against the Sharks.

John Mitchell has decided to give a few different players a run, with Vermaak coming in at scrumhalf and Deon van Rensburg starting at No 12. Jaco Taute has been moved to fullback.

A new front row has been selected with Patric Cilliers a surprise inclusion. Cilliers was initially deemed not up to the conditioning pace, but Mitchell said that because of Kevin Buys’s knee injury (out for two weeks), they’ve had to alter their plans.

Lions – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Deon van Rensburg, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe (c), 4 George Earle, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: Bandise Maku, Ross Geldenhuys, Wikus van Heerden, Cobus Grobbelaar, Rory Kockott, Jannie Boshoff, Burton Francis, Edgar Maruthlulle Caylib Oosthuizen, David Bulbring, Dries van Schalkwyk, Joubert Engelbrecht, James Kamana/Lionel Mapoe.