New coach and captain for Lions as they kick off new rugby season

Though he’s taking a step again, coach Money van Rooyen doesn’t consider he’s throwing the younger cubs – together with new coach Mziwakhe Nkosi – to the wolves when the Lions come up towards the Pumas at Ellis Park this weekend.

Nkosi will take cost of the Lions workforce for the preparation matches and might be assisted by Wessel Roux within the forwards.

Mziwakhe Nkosi will take cost of the Lions for part of the Preparation Collection. Image: Getty Pictures

Van Rooyen will nonetheless oversee proceedings as head coach of the Lions Rugby Firm.

With common captain Elton Jantjies taking a break, the workforce might be captained on Friday by lock Reinhard Nothnagel.

Fullback Tiaan Swanepoel will get an opportunity at flyhalf, whereas a few of the thrilling younger abilities on the union, together with centre James Mollentze, No 8 Francke Horn, lock Emmanuel Tshituka and Child Boks in prop Nathan McBeth and hooker PJ Botha, may also look to seize the eye.

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On the bench the son of Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli, Ruhan, has been included as flank/lock choice, whereas Tshituka is the youthful brother of flank Vincent.

There are nonetheless additionally seasoned stars like fullback EW Viljoen, props Jannie du Plessis and Wiehahn Herbst and flankers Roelof Smit and Marnus Schoeman within the group.

“It’s an excellent alternative for us to present some sport time to guys who haven’t performed Tremendous Rugby or Currie Cup and to take a look at some junior gamers,” Van Rooyen stated.

“The vast majority of the seniors solely began coaching once more on Monday so it was too early to push them into it,” stated Van Rooyen.

“This then might be a possibility for us to present all people sport time, and prepare for the yr,” he added.

Nkosi is a former SA Faculties coach and a person who operated in that set-up for four-and-a-half years. He got here via the Lions teaching programs.

He steered the Lions Below 21 aspect to the ultimate of the nationwide match in 2020 and has been an integral a part of the Lions’ junior rugby constructions for fairly a while.

“It’s nice to have coach Mziwakhe concerned. He would be the head coach for this group and after the primary two weeks the opposite common coaches will turn out to be extra concerned once more,” defined Van Rooyen.

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Nkosi stated the gamers picked for this Friday’s match towards the Pumas have been being blooded for the long run.

“We’re assured they’ll make the step up,” Nkosi stated.

Lions: EW Viljoen, Prince Nkabinde, Manuel Rass, James Mollentze, Divan Rossouw, Tiaan Swanepoel, Morné van den Berg, Francke Horn, Roelof Smit, Marnus Schoeman, Reinhard Nothnagel (capt), Emmanuel Tshituka, Wiehahn Herbst, PJ Botha, Nathan McBeth. Bench: Dameon Venter, Banele Mthenjane, Jannie du Plessis, Ruhan Straeuli, MJ Pelser, Dillon Smit, Luke Rossouw, Ngia Selengbe, Ruan Dreyer, Izan Esterhuizen, Sibusiso Sangweni

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