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Russian team for Lions Challenge


The Golden Lions Rugby Union, on behalf of Rugby Union Russia, would like to announce the 23-man Russian Bears outfit that will face the MTN Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday. Kick-off is at 19h00 and the match will be televised live on Supersport 1.


Russian Bears:

15. Igor Klyuchnikov

14. Andrey Otrokov

13. Yaroslav Rechnev

12. Alexey Makovetskiy

11. Mikhail Babaev

10. Sergey Yanyushkin

9.   Alexander Yanyushkin

8.   Victor Gresev

7.   Artem Fatakhov

6.   Andrey Temnov

5.   Maxim Kiselev

4.   Alexander Voytov

3.   Innokentiy Zykov

2.   Valeriy Tsnobiladze

1.   Grigory Tsnobiladze

16. Alexey Volkov

17. Sergey Novoselov

18. Evgeny Pronenko

19. Pavel  Kvernadze

20. Pavel Butenko

21. Alexey Shcherban

22. Sergey Sugrobov

23. Igor Kurashov

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  1. Reply to DavidS @ 2:31 pm:
    Much better. Still a boring game. It wasn’t the Lions fault though. The Russians is just not good enough to play a competitive match at this level.

    I thougt the Lions centres and loose trio played a pretty good game.

  2. Reply to Vetgesmeerde Blits @ 4:04 pm:

    Weather also played a role.

    It was raining this soft insipid tropical sifting rain all the time, so tat kept crowds away too.

    I thought Lionel Cronje had an excellent game controlling the centers. Also taking the ball at pace very flat was a lovely change to see in a South African flyhalf.

  3. Reply to DavidS @ 5:46 pm: Yes Lionel has always been a very promising player. If I remember corectly he was the SA u/20 player of the season a few years ago. If he can stay injury free for a change he can develop in a good, well balanced flyhalf and a real asset to the Lions. Will have to see him and the other new Lions players against decent oposition first to make any real judgement though.

    I was planning to go to Ellispark if it wasn’t for the rain, will try to go to the next game.

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