Lions bolstered by prop returns

Lions props JC Janse van Rensburg and CJ van der Linde were declared fit to join the team on their Super Rugby tour to Australasia.

The front-row duo have been sidelined with injuries since the early rounds of the tournament. The big surprise is the quick recovery of Janse van Rensburg, who was expected to miss the rest of the campaign because of a toe injury.

Flank Jaco Kriel is the only member of the 26-man squad who hasn’t played a Super Rugby game this season.

The Lions face the Chiefs, Blues, Reds and Force during a tough tour to New Zealand and Australia over the next four weeks.

Lions touring squad: Martin Bezuidenhout, Ruan Botha, Patric Cilliers, Andries Coetzee, Ruaan Combrinck, Ross Cronje, Cobus Grobbelaar, Grant Hattingh, Alwyn Hollenbach, JC Janse van Rensburg, Elton Jantjies, James Kamana, Michael Killian, Jaco Kriel, Doppies le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Tian Meyer, Derek Minnie, Caylib Oosthuizen, Hendrik Roodt, Joshua Strauss, Jaco Taute, CJ van der Linde, Franco van der Merwe, Deon van Rensburg, Callie Visagie.