Lionel Cronje finally gets the 10 jersey


Western Province coach Allister Coetzee as suspected gave Lionel Cronje the number 10 jersey for this weekend’s must-win fixture against the Leopards at Newlands.

Coetzee who was widely questioned with De Waal’s continued selection at pivot has finally handed the jersey over to Cronje who is widely tipped as one of the more exciting prospects in this position within the WP ranks.

Other changes see some Springboks slotting straight back into the team with Gio Aplon, Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh coming into the backline.

Another interesting selection is Conrad Hoffmann at fullback with Conrad Jantjes shifted to wing in place of injured Frikkie Welsh.

Nick Koster is also back in the run-on 15 after recovering from and elbow injury he suffered last week.

WP team for Leopards (Game is not televised) for Saturday kicking off a 17:00:

15.          Conrad Hoffmann
14.          Conrad Jantjes
13.          Juan De Jongh
12.          Jean De Villiers
11.          Gio Aplon
10.          Lionel Cronje
9.            Dewaldt Duvenage
8.            Duane Vermeulen
7.            Nick Koster
6.            Francois Louw
5.            Anton van Zyl (Captain)
4.            Adriaan Fondse
3.            JC Kritzinger
2.            Deon Fourie
1.            JD Moller


16.          Callie Visagie
17.          Wicus Blaauw
18.          Brok Harris
19.          De Kock Steenkamp
20.          Yaya Hartzenberg
21.          Willem De Waal
22.          Paul Bosch

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  1. Good team. Only needs a playmaker at 12 and for Jean to play wing instead of Jantjies.

    Add Hougaard as a 9 to this team and you can go places.

  2. Conrad Hoffman at #15…. :finger:

    WP is getting him ready for his stint at the Sharks.
    He’ll play in each and every position in the backline, but where he should!! :Bunny:

  3. Reply to DavidS @ 5:16 pm:


    Methinks the entire rugby frat is waiting for this poor okes debut…

    Surely the coaches now what’s what… but then it is AC in charge and he’s never been ‘ the sharpest tool in the Boks’…

    Full Name Lionel
    Surname Cronje
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    Weight 90
    Birth Date 25 May 1989
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    Primary School Queen’s Boys Junior
    Secondary School Queen’s College
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