Mziwakhe Nkosi handed Lions coaching reins for preparation fixtures

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Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen. (Gallo Images)
Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen. (Gallo Images)

Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen has handed the reins over to Mziwakhe Nkosi for the upcoming preparation fixtures.

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Nkosi will, a former SA Schools coach and last year's under-21 coach at the Lions, will operate as the senior side's head coach over the next few weeks. 

The Lions begin their preparation fixtures for April's Rainbow Cup with a clash against the Pumas at Ellis Park on Friday. 

Nkosi will be assisted by Wessel Roux while Van Rooyen will oversee proceedings.

On Tuesday, the Lions announced their side for the clash against the Pumas and they will be captained by lock Reinhard Nothnagel.

"The Lions team taking part in the preparation matches will vary from week to week in an effort to give young players opportunity and create excitement as well as preparing for the north," the union said in a statement. 

Kick-off is at 19:00.

Teams:

Lions

15 EW Viljoen, 14 Prince Nkabinde, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 James Mollentze, 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Tiaan Swanepoel, 9 Morné van den Berg, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Roelof Smit, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel (captain), 4 Emmanuel Tshituka, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Nathan McBeth

Substitutes: 16 Dameon Venter, 17 Banele Mthenjane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Ruhan Straeuli, 20 MJ Pelser, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Luke Rossouw, 23 Ngia Selengbe, 24 Ruan Dreyer, 25 Izan Esterhuizen, 26 Sibusiso Sangweni

Pumas

TBA

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