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Bok Kriel eager to take on Lions, for whom his great grandfather ...


Bok Kriel eager to take on Lions, for whom his great grandfather played

After injury in the first match ruled him out of the 2019 World Cup, Jesse Kriel is hoping for a ‘special’ series

Nick Said

Springbok centre Jesse Kriel will follow in the footsteps of his great grandfather John Hodgson in the British & Irish Lions series starting next month, except he will be on the opposite side and seeking to tame the tourists in the three-match series.

Hodgson, a loose-forward, won seven caps for England between 1932 and 1936, but also made 15 appearances for the Lions, including two Tests.

“My great grandfather played for the Lions, so this is quite a personal one for me and it is special to be involved,” Kriel said. “They went to New Zealand in 1930 and it means a lot to me and my family.”..

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