Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is describing Lions captain Warren Whiteley's unavailability for their Super Rugby semifinal as a big loss.

Ruan Ackermann will take Whiteley's place at the back of the scrum on Sunday morning in Johannesburg, after he was ruled out with a calf injury.

Joseph says it's a major blow, but there are always injuries and what happens is the player that comes in steps up well.

Jaco Kriel will captain the Lions in Whiteley's absence.

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ROTORUA DAILY POST | Sport
28 Jul, 2016 4:03pm
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