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Maku nears Lions switch

Bandise Maku

South Africa hooker Bandise Maku is closing in on a move from the Bulls to the Lions.

The 24-year-old, whose only cap for Peter de Villiers' Springboks came against Italy earlier this season, is expected to be the first new acquisition for Lions coach John Mitchell ahead of the new season.

A spokesperson for the Lions said: "The move is not yet finalised, but expected to be completed in the next few days."

PA