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Tshituka brothers stranded in Joburg as Lions head to Ireland

The Lions have been dealt a major blow ahead of their United Rugby Championship game against Leinster in Dublin on Friday, with the Tshituka brothers, Vincent and Emmanuel, being banned from the tour.

According to a statement released late Monday by the Lions, the brothers will not be able to travel with their teammates due to “unforeseen circumstances related to their travel document requirements”.

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The match against Leinster is scheduled for Friday in the RDS Arena.

The Tshitukas were originally named in the 26-man Lions traveling squad.

Lunga Ncube joins the squad in Dublin as cover.

No further details were revealed. The brothers, who both play in the loose strikers, have enrolled at Northcliff High School in recent years. They were both born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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