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Groom poised for Lions debut

Nic Groom who arrives from English Premiership side Northampton Saints will provide scrum-half cover for Dillon Smit on the bench and is in line to make his Lions debut.

Nic Groom (L) of the Stormers, clears the ball out of a scrum during the Super Rugby match between the Stormers and the Chiefs at Newlands Rugby Stadium in Cape Town on 9 March 2013. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Emirates Lions have named new signing Nic Groom in the 23-man matchday squad to face the Waratahs in Sydney on Friday morning.

Groom who arrives from English Premiership side Northampton Saints will provide scrum-half cover for Dillon Smit on the bench and is in line to make his Lions debut in the competition, having played for the Stormers before leaving for England in 2016.

Franco Mostert will continue to captain the side in the absence of Warren Whiteley who was in line to return from a knee injury against the Waratahs but has withdrawn from the clash due to that recurring knee injury.

Mostert will revert to the blindside flank position in place of Cyle Brink, while Andries Ferreira comes into the lock position.

Winger Madosh Tambwe retains his place in the starting lineup, having scored four tries against the Stormers in the Lions' last game before their bye last weekend.

Lions squad to face the Waratahs:

  1. Jacques van Rooyen

  2. Malcolm Marx

  3. Ruan Dreyer

  4. Andries Ferreira

  5. Marvin Orie

  6. Kwagga Smith

  7. Franco Mostert ©

  8. Hacjivah Dayimani

  9. Dillon Smit

  10. Elton Jantjies

  11. Madosh Tambwe

  12. Harold Vorster

  13. Lionel Mapoe

  14. Ruan Combrinck

  15. Andries Coetzee

  16. Robbie Coetzee

  17. Dylan Smith

  18. Jacobie Adriaanse

  19. Lourens Erasmus

  20. Marnus Schoeman

  21. Nic Groom

  22. Rohan Janse van Rensburg

  23. Sylvian Mahuza

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