With next season’s EPCR Challenge Cup including two South African clubs, we’re taking a closer look at both squads and picking out some of the players who could star in the competition. We continue this series by focusing on the Lions backs, who will be up against Worcester Warriors and Stade Français Paris in Pool B next season. 

Jordan Hendrikse 

The 21-year-old fly-half has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of South African rugby, with the latest highlight of his short career being a Blitzbok squad call-up for the recent London Sevens, having previously faced the British & Irish Lions in 2021. 

He started 11 of his 12 games in last season’s United Rugby Championship and scored 117 points to finish seventh in the top scorers’ list. 

Quan Horn 

Another talented 21-year-old, Horn made his breakthrough earlier this year for the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and then the Lions in the URC. 

Normally a full-back, he can also operate in the centre and made 10 appearances in the URC, running 532 metres and pulling off six turnovers.   

Morné van den Berg 

The 24-year-old scrum-half is already drawing comparisons to Springbok legend Faf de Klerk with his enterprising performances for the Lions in the URC. 

Never afraid to have a dart around the fringes of scrums and rucks, he scored seven tries in 17 appearances last season, as well as achieving nine clean breaks and offloading 14 times. 

Rabz Maxwane 

The 26-year-old wing played for the Bulls and Cheetahs, where he enjoyed an especially fruitful three years, before switching to the Lions in 2020. 

Maxwane, who notched 105 points in 35 games for the Cheetahs, started all 11 of his games in the URC for the Lions last season, scoring four tries and making eight clean breaks.