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Warren Whiteley to lead Emirates Lions in 2016 Super Rugby

Warren Whiteley has represented the Emirates Lions 52 times in Super Rugby.

Lions captain Warren Whiteley (C) is tackled during the round six Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and The Lions at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia, 20 March 2015. Picture:EPA

JOHANNESBURG - Warren Whiteley will be captaining the Emirates Lions for the third consecutive Super Rugby season when he again takes the reigns for 2016.

The experienced Whiteley welcomed the responsibility of the captaincy bestowed upon him.

"It is a big honour to again lead the Lions in the Super Rugby competition. I take the task very seriously while I also enjoy making decisions on and off the field."

Whiteley added that he believes he has a great core of leaders around him.

He has represented the Lions 52 times in Super Rugby.

Coach Johan Ackermann said it was an obvious choice as it builds continuity to have the same captain as the last two years.