Lions coach Johan Ackermann will bring out most of his big guns for their second Super Rugby pre-season outing.
The Lions, who return to Super Rugby in 2014 after sitting out last year, head to Port Elizabeth where they will face the Southern Kings on Saturday.
A number of senior players – including Springbok lock Franco van der Merwe, Jaco Kriel, Julian Redelinghuys, Jacques van Rooyen, Marnitz Boshoff, Andries Coetzee, Michael Bondesio and newly-appointed skipper Warren Whiteley – were rested when they Lions faced a NWU-Pukke selection and the Leopards Vodacom Cup team last Friday.
Ackermann confirmed to Rugby365 that those players will be part of this week’s matchday squads – which will see one team head to Polokwane to face a Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup team and another side travel to PE to meet the Kings.
“I will give a few younger players I still want to evaluate a run, but the players who were rested [last week] will be among a group of more senior players who will feature this coming weekend,” the Lions mentor said.
He said there are still some guys at scrumhalf, lock, front row and at centre he would still like to see a bit more of.
“We want to thrown them in at the deep end and see what they have,” he said of this week’s team selections.
“There are some senior players who we know what
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