Lions handed Whiteley boost

The Lions have been handed a boost ahead of the Super Rugby final against the Hurricanes after Warren Whiteley was named in their touring squad.

Whiteley, who missed their semi-final victory over the Highlanders, joins Sylvian Mahuza on the flight to New Zealand with the rest of the team.

Head coach Johan Ackermann is taking a 25-man squad on the flight to Wellington, with the final taking place on Saturday at Westpac Stadium.

The Hurricanes and Lions have already faced each other this season and it was the 'Canes who came out on top, winning 50-17 in Johannesburg.

Lions touring squad: Dylan Smith, Malcolm Marx, Julian Redelinghuys, Andries Ferreira, Franco Mostert, Jaco Kriel, Warwick Tecklenburg, Ruan Ackermann, Faf De Klerk, Elton Jantjies, Courtnall Skosan, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Ruan Combrinck, Andries Coetzee, Armand van der Merwe, Corné Fourie, Jacques van Rooyen, Lourens Erasmus, Steph de Witt, Dillon Smit, Howard Mnisi, Jaco van der Walt, Warren Whiteley, Sylvian Mahuza