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Absa Currie Cup 22 Aug 17h05 Cell C Sharks Xerox Golden Lions  Growthpoint Kings Park
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Absa Currie Cup 12 Sep 19h00 Vodacom Blue Bulls  Xerox Golden Lions  Loftus Versfeld 
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Absa Currie Cup 26 Sep 13h15 Toyota Free State Cheetahs  Xerox Golden Lions  Free State Rugby Stadium 
Absa Currie Cup 02 Oct 18h00 Xerox Golden Lions  DHL Western Province  Emirates Airline Park 
Absa Currie Cup 10 Oct 14h00 Xerox Golden Lions Qualifying Team Emirates Airline Park 
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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


2015/07/03 - Lions Rugby (Pty) Ltd is pleased to announce the contracting of Pumas duo Faf de Klerk and Corné Fourie for the 2016 season. Both De Klerk and Fourie, who have played Vodacom Super Rugby for the Emirates Lions through loan agreements over the past two seasons, will return to Johannesburg under permanent contracts in November 2015.  Th... More


2015/07/01 - Lions Rugby (Pty) Ltd has agreed to release four Xerox Golden Lions players to clubs abroad for the duration of the Absa Currie Cup tournament. Elton Jantjies (NTT Shining Arcs), Lionel Mapoe (Kubota Spears) and Warwick Tecklenburg (Kamaishi) have all signed agreements in Japan until February 2016. Meanwhile, Armand van der Merwe has si... More


2015/06/08 - Following a great deal of media speculation, the Golden Lions Rugby Union wishes to confirm that Emirates Lions assistant coach Swys de Bruin has a contract in place and will be continuing in his role with the team for the foreseeable future. De Bruin is the current backline expert within the Emirates Lions management group and has been... More


2015/06/05 - The Golden Lions Rugby Union is excited to announce the following provincial high schools teams which will represent the Union at the various Rugby Weeks across South Africa in June and July. U/18 CRAVEN WEEK STELLENBOSCH 12-18 July 2015 1RICKY NGWABARA        JEPPE 2JUSTIN BRANDON                MONUMENT 3HENRY WICKENS            ... More

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT - DHL Stormers vs Emirates Lions

2015/06/04 - Emirates Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his side to face the DHL Stormers at Newlands Stadium on Saturday. Ackermann has opted for consistency for the clash, making just two forced changes to the Emirates Lions match day 23. In the midfield, Alwyn Hollenbach will start at inside centre after Lionel Mapoe was unable to pass... More

TEAM CHANGE: Emirates Lions vs Waratahs

2015/05/29 - Emirates Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has made a change to his side which will face the Waratahs at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday. Scrumhalf Dillon Smit has been drafted into the Emirates Lions squad on loan from the Leopards and will take the place of Ross Cronje on the bench. Smit has been rewarded after a very successful an... More

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT - Emirates Lions vs Waratahs

2015/05/27 - Emirates Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has announced his 23-man outfit to face the Waratahs at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday. In the forwards, Ackermann has made three changes to the starting front row. Schalk van der Merwe will start at loosehead, Armand van der Merwe moves up into the starting side at hooker and Julian Redeling... More


2015/05/26 - A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Robbie Coetzee of the Lions guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle, after he was cited following a Super Rugby match at the weekend. Coetzee has been suspended for three matches up to and including Saturday 20 June 2015. The incident occurred in the 49th minute of the Super Rugby match bet... More


2015/05/25 - The Emirates Lions will host the Waratahs this Saturday. This will be the team's final home game of the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament. Please come out and show your support as the Emirates Lions fight for a place in the tournament top six! We are also excited to host a massive high school derby between Linden High and Bastion Hi... More



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