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Fit again Dreyer in Golden Lions' Currie Cup semi-final squad

18 October 2017 - 19:44 By Liam Del Carme
Ruan Dreyer of the Golden Lions during the Currie Cup match between Xerox Golden Lions and Steval Pumas at Emirates Airline Park on September 02, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ruan Dreyer of the Golden Lions during the Currie Cup match between Xerox Golden Lions and Steval Pumas at Emirates Airline Park on September 02, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image: Christiaan Kotze/Gallo Images

Springbok tighthead Ruan Dreyer has recovered from injury and has been included in the Golden Lions' 23-man squad for Saturday's Currie Cup semifinal against Western Province at Newlands.

Dreyer‚ who missed last weekend's final league clash against the Free State Cheetahs at Ellis Park‚ is fit again and has been restored to the side that now also includes outside back Sylvian Mahuza.

This weekend the squads for the Currie Cup semifinals will comprise 23-man teams after the provinces asked SA Rugby if they could add an additional player to their bench.

That means they should all be able to select a bench with a full complement of front rankers.

Although the Lions have had to rely on several under-19 and under-21 players in this campaign‚ coach Swys de Bruin has had to spread his resources across three teams competing in semifinals this weekend.

Promising youngster Hacjivah Dyamani drops down from the Currie Cup team to take up the No.8 jersey in the under-21 team that will host Western Province at Ellis Park on Friday. The Lions' U-19 team will play the Blue Bulls earlier (12.00) at the same venue.

“Players like Hacjivah Dayimani‚ Bradley Thain‚ Jan-Louis La Grange‚ Jo Hanko de Villiers‚ Len Massyn‚ Madosh Tambwe‚ Manuel Rass and Rhyno Herbst‚ all still under-21‚ have all played a massive role in our campaign‚” De Bruin said.

“Then there are 19-year-olds like Diaan Schoonees and Manuel Rass who made their debuts at under-21 level‚” De Bruin added.

De Bruin will name his starting XV for the Currie Cup semifinal on Thursday.

Golden Lions squad:

Andries Coetzee‚ Andries Ferreira‚ Aphiwe Dyantyi‚ Ashlon Davids‚ Courtnall Skosan‚ Cyle Brink‚ Dylan Smith‚ Harold Vorster‚ Jaco van der Walt‚ Jacobie Adriaanse‚ Jacques van Rooyen‚ Kwagga Smith‚ Len Massyn‚ Malcolm Marx‚ Marco Jansen van Vuren‚ Marvin Orie‚ Rhyno Herbst‚ Robbie Coetzee‚ Robert Kruger‚ Rohan Janse van Rensburg‚ Ross Cronje‚ Ruan Dreyer‚ Sylvian Mahuza.


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