The Lions have been boosted by the return of an experienced Springbok for their clash with the Stormers in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The Lions have reported mixed injury news with the loss of an experienced lock coupled with the return of a Springbok.
The inclusion of Willem Alberts is one of five changes to the Lions lineup for Saturday’s clash with the Pumas at Ellis Park.
Willem Alberts has been withdrawn from the Lions team to face the Stormers following confirmation that he was in close contact with someone who has Covid-19.
Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen says Willem Alberts is looking lean and mean as the powerful ex-Springbok gets set to come up against his former team, the Sharks, on Friday.
Veteran loose forward Willem Alberts will make his first start of the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season when the Lions face the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday.
Wandisile Simelane and Willem Alberts have both been named in the Lions’ 26-man squad for their four-match tour to Australasia next week.
Willem Alberts has been declared fit to face the Stormers at Ellis Park this weekend, despite earlier reports suggesting that he would be unavailable due to injury.
Willem Alberts will not be available for selection for Saturday’s clash with the Stormers as he continues his recovery from a bicep injury.
Willem Alberts says the decision to rejoin the Lions from France for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season was not difficult.