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Johnson boost for Cheetahs – Ashley Johnson will start for the Cheetahs this weekend.
The loose forward returns to the Cheetahs squad having failed to make the World Cup group of 30. Wing Cameron Jacobs is the other change to the starting XV.
Cheetahs – Riaan Smit, Philip Snyman, Robert Ebersohn, Corne Uys, Cameron Jacobs, Sias Ebersohn, Tewis de Bruyn, Ashley Johnson, Pieter Labuschagne, Johan Wessels, Izak van der Westhuizen, Francois Uys, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (c), Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: Hercu Liebenberg, Marcel van der Merwe, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Boom Prinsloo, Pieter van Zyl, Johan Goosen, Philip Burger.
Van Heerden back for Lions - Wikus van Heerden has returned to the starting line-up for Saturday’s match against the Sharks. Centre Doppies la Grange is also back after a hamstring injury.
Lions – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Josh Strauss (c), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Doppies La Grange, 22 Burton Francis.
Kuun retires from rugby – Derick Kuun has cited business reasons for his early retirement from the game.
The Blues Bulls flanker has retired with immediate effect and decided to join his family farming business near Balfour.
‘It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement, but a couple of business opportunities came along and I have to act on them immediately,’ Kuün said.
‘I can only say thanks to all those players that I played with during the years. There were great times and bad times and all of that formed me to what I am today. I will miss my rugby friends greatly, as we have bonded into a special group. To the fans, a special word of thanks. Your support is very important and there is no greater feeling running out to a packed Loftus Versfeld. My blood will always be Blue.’