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Warren Whiteley’s injury enforced absence has again necessitated the Lions to go into Super Rugby battle with a reconfigured backrow. This time it is a bone bruise on his knee that is keeping the regular captain out of Saturday’s match against the Highlanders‚ with Malcolm Marx set to resume his duties as stand-in captain. Whiteley’s absence again comes as a huge blow to the side  hoping to build momentum in the closing stages of the league campaign in Super Rugby. Last week’s win over the Waratahs got them back into contention in the SA conference but Whiteley’s absence this week again leaves them vulnerable. How valuable he is to the Lions’ cause cannot be underestimated. Whiteley captained in the away wins over the Jaguares and  the Chiefs and the most recent home win over the Waratahs. He left the field with his team still in the lead against the Stormers in their defeat at Newlands in February‚ before returning eight weeks later for their win over the Chiefs. He missed the defe...

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