Vodacom Super Rugby 25 April   17:05  Emirates Lions Toyota Cheetahs  Emirates Airline Park
 Vodacom Cupe - North 25 April  TBC  Golden Lions   Leopards  Emirates Airline Park
 Vodacom Super Rugby 02 May  19:10  Vodacom Bulls  Emirates Lions Loftus Versfeld 
 Vodacom Cup - North 02 May  TBC  Golden Lions   Griquas Emirates Airline Park
 Vodacom Super Rugby 09 May  15:00  Emirates Lions Highlanders  Emirates Airline Park
 Vodacom Cup - North 09 May  TBC  Down Touch Griffons  Golden Lions  North West Stadium 
 Vodacom Super Rugby 16 May  17:05  Emirates Lions Brumbies  Emirates Airline Park
 Vodacom Cup - Quarter Finals 16 May  TBC  TBC  TBC TBC
 Vodacom Super Rugby 23 May  17:05  Toyota Cheetahs  Emirates Lions Free State Rugby Stadium 
 Vodacom Cup - Semi Finals 23 May  TBC  TBC  TBC  TBC
 Vodacom Super Rugby 30 May 19:10  Emirates Lions Waratahs  Emirates Airline Park
 Vodacom Cup - Final 30 May  TBC  TBC  TBC  TBC 
 Vodacom Super Rugby 06 June  17:05  DHL Stormers  Emirates Lions DHL Newlands Rugby Stadium 
 Vodacom Super Rugby - Quarter Final 19 June  TBC  TBC  TBC  TBC 
 Vodacom Super Rugby - Quarter Final 20 June  TBC  TBC  TBC  TBC 
 Vodacom Super Rugby - Semi Final 26 June  TBC  TBC  TBC  TBC 
 Vodacom Super Rugby - Semi Final 27 June  TBC  TBC  TBC  TBC 
 Vodacom Super Rugby - Final 06 July  TBC  TBC TBC  TBC 
 Castle Lager Rugby Championship 25 July TBC Springboks All Blacks Emirates Airline Park
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COMPETITION  Team and Log Position P W D L PF PA PD BPts PTS
VODACOM SUPER RUGBY 11th: EMIRATES LIONS 6 2 0 4 78 133 -55 1 9
 VODACOM CUP North 2nd: XEROX GOLDEN LIONS 3 3 0 0 108 36 72 2 14
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The Lions management have named a versatile 33-man squad for the 2014 Super Rugby competition, with the coaches opting to combine both youth and experience.

At prop, regular 2013 performers Julian Redelinghuys, Jacques van Rooyen and Ruan Dreyer have cemented their places in the squad. Corne Fourie joins the Lions on loan from the Pumas for the tournament, while Schalk van der Merwe has signed with the Golden Lions Rugby Union for the season from the Free State Cheetahs.

Seasoned Super Rugby campaigner Willie Wepener has booked his spot in the squad, with the talented Robbie Coetzee and Malcolm Marx also being selected at hooker. Marx will look to make the step up after coming through the Golden Lions ranks from U21 level in 2013.

Four locks have been selected, with Luvuyiso ‘MB’ Lusaseni primed for his Super Rugby debut. Springbok Franco van der Merwe will take charge at lineout time, with Martin Muller and Franco Mostert also putting their hands up for selection. 

In the loose forward positions, regular Lions players Willie Britz, Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie and Warwick Tecklenburg will run out during the tournament. Captain Warren Whiteley will lead from the front in the eighthman berth. 

Meanwhile, in the backline, scrumhalves Michael Bondesio and Francois ‘Faf’ de Klerk have been selected. Bondesio will provide a healthy dose of experience, while De Klerk will be hungry to make his Super Rugby debut after joining the Lions on loan from the Pumas.

At flyhalf, Marnitz Boshoff will take the reins. Elton Jantjies will also fill the number ten jersey as soon as he is fully recovered from his shoulder injury.

Coenie van Wyk, a Pumas loan player, joins the Lions ranks as a utility back. Additional utility backs included in the squad are Ruan Combrinck (fullback/wing) and new Lions signing Courtnall Skosan (wing/centre). JW Jonker also joins the Lions in 2014 and can fill several backline positions. 

In the midfield, Pumas high-flyer Stefan Watermeyer cracked the nod after consistent performances during the 2014 pre-season. Alwyn Hollenbach will also bring experience at inside centre.  The experienced Lionel Mapoe returns to the Lions for the competition, following his loan stint at the Bulls during the 2013 tournament. 

At wing, Deon Helberg and Deon van Rensburg have put their hands up for selection. High-flyer Anthony Volmink will also run out once he has recovered from injury.

Finally, at fullback, Namibian international Chrysander Botha has secured his spot in the final squad. Andries Coetzee will link up with the group after he has completed treatment for his recently sustained knee injury.

2014 Lions Super Rugby Squad:

Michael Bondesio
Marnitz Boshoff
Chrysander Botha
Willie Britz
Andries Coetzee
Robbie Coetzee
Ruan Combrinck
Francois de Klerk
Ruan Dreyer
Corne Fourie
Deon Helberg
Alwyn Hollenbach
Elton Jantjies
JW Jonker
Jaco Kriel
Luvuyiso Lusaseni
Lionel Mapoe
Malcolm Marx
Derick Minnie
Franco Mostert
Martin Muller
Julian Redelinghuys
Courtnall Skosan
Warwick Tecklenburg
Franco van der Merwe
Schalk van der Merwe
Deon van Rensburg
Jacques van Rooyen
Coenie van Wyk
Anthony Volmink 
Stefan Watermeyer
Willie Wepener
Warren Whiteley

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