European Professional Club Rugby | Four Lions strikers to watch in the EPCR Challenge Cup
With next season’s EPCR Challenge Cup featuring two South African clubs, we’re going to introduce you to each team, selecting some of the players who could play in the competition. We continue this series with a look at the key men of the Lions squad, who will face Worcester Warriors and Stade Français Paris in Pool B next season.
The 23-year-old No.8 was a regular for the Lions in the United Rugby Championship (URC) last season, starting 16 of their 18 games and scoring three tries.
Among the best players in the competition in tackles made (162), turnovers (8) and lineout steals (3), the promising youngster will look to be a nuisance to his EPCR Challenge Cup opponents next season.
The 26-year-old played in all 18 games for URC last campaign, starting 17 and scoring four tries.
A willing runner and very present in defense, Schoeman made 100 runs, made 129 tackles and won 8 turnovers.
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The 31-year-old prop was at Gloucester Rugby between 2018 and 2020 but has yet to feature in EPCR competitions.
He has plenty of experience and aside from his two-year stint in England, he has been part of the Lions roster for his entire professional career, spending more than a decade at the Johannesburg-based club.
The Congolese-born South African’s brother Vincent was one of the Lions’ leading figures last season but has since moved to the Sharks, leaving Emmanuel to fill an important void in the bottom tier.
The younger brother has shown he has the potential to do just that and will definitely be one to watch in the EPCR Challenge Cup.
A versatile striker, Tshituka has made 11 URC appearances in 2021/22, recording one of the best tackle success rates in the competition (99%).