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Rugby | Currie Cup

Swys mulls over Boks

Springbok hero Malcolm Marx is more than likely to get a run this weekend for the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup showdown against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, but how long he will be on the field will be the interesting question.

Marx is one of five Springboks that will be eligible to play for the Golden Lions in the final round of the domestic competition, but coach Swys de Bruin will reveal how he will use his Boks when he announces his team line-up on Thursday.

Courtnal Skosan, Andries Coetzee, Ruan Dreyer and Ross Cronje are the other eligible Boks that can play this weekend.

De Bruin needs to weigh up the continuity of his side and their hopes of securing a home semifinal in the game against the Cheetahs with the fact that the Bloemfontein side have decided to play a number of their Pro14 stars in the encounter in their bid to make the playoffs as well.

Marx signed his contract with SA Rugby but it only kicks into action next year, meaning he will be able to don the Lions’ jersey again after his epic performance for the Boks against New Zealand last weekend.

Players who have contracts with SA Rugby are not eligible for Currie Cup, while two other Lions – Elton Jantjies and Franco Mostert – need to report to their clubs in Japan and will be back for Super Rugby.

“It’s a difficult one,” De Bruin told supersport.com. “On the one hand we have a team that has been playing together all season, but on the other hand we have a responsibility to fans and sponsors to do the best we can in the competition.”

The team will be announced on Thursday.


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