Emirates Lions coach, Johann Ackermann, named 40 players in his squad for the upcoming Vodacom Super Rugby tournament. Ruan Combrinck, who will only return later in the competition, has been named amongst the backs, but Julian Redelinghuys has not. He underwent neck surgery last year and has not recovered yet.
A number of players, including Combrinck, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Faf de Klerk, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert and Malcolm Marx, earned Springbok colours last year, pushing the numbers of international players in the squad to 10.
The squad is:
Backs: Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Madosh Tambwe, Sylvian Mahuza, Anthony Volmink, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Lionel Mapoe, Jacques Nel, Howard Mnisi, Hacjivah Dayimani, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Elton Jantjies, Shaun Reynolds, Jaco van der Walt, Ross Cronje, Faf de Klerk, Dillon Smit.
Forwards: Warren Whiteley, Justin Ackerman, Ruan Ackermann, Fabian Booysen, Kwagga Smith, Kyle Brink, Jaco Kriel, Marvin Orie, Robert Kruger, Franco Mostert, Lourens Erasmus, Andries Ferreira, Ruan Dreyer, Andries Jonker, Dylan Smith, Sti Sithole, Corne Fourie, Jacques van Rooyen, Henco van Wyk, Robbie Coetzee, Malcolm Marx, Armand van der Merwe.