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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

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

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT - Toyota Cheetahs vs Emirates Lions

2015/05/21 - Emirates Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his team to face the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening. Ackermann has opted to rotate several players for this local derby. In the forwards, Ackermann has chosen to start Jacques van Rooyen and Ruan Dreyer in the front row. Andries Ferreira will partner with Martin ... More

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT - Vodacom Cup Semi-Final

2015/05/21 - Xerox Golden Lions head coach Russell Winter has announced his 22-man team to face the Steval Pumas in Friday evening's Vodacom Cup semi-final to be held at Emirates Airline Park. The team remains unbeaten this season and will look to secure a place in next week's tournament final after their strong 2015 run. Ricky Schroeder will capt... More


2015/05/17 - The Xerox Golden Lions have excelled in the 2015 Vodacom Cup, having gone unbeaten so far. They will host the steval Pumas on Friday, 22 May in a Vodacom Cup semi-final. Please head down to Emirates Airline Park to show your support for the team. The match will kick off at 17h00. Entrance is free to the stadium and secure parking is... More

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT - Emirates Lions vs Brumbies

2015/05/14 - Emirates Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has announced his team to face the Brumbies  at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday afternoon. Ackermann has made two changes to the forwards for the encounter, as Martin Muller will start at lock and Robert Kruger moves into the starting lineup at flank. The backline sees three personnel change... More

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT - Vodacom Cup - Xerox Golden Lions vs SWD Eagles

2015/05/13 - Xerox Golden Lions head coach Russell Winter has named his team to compete against the SWD Eagles in a Vodacom Cup quarter final clash on Saturday. The match will take place at 14h10 at Emirates Airline Park. 15. Ashlon Davids 14. Damian Engledoe 13. Jacques Nel 12. Stokkies Hanekom 11. Sampie Mastriet 10. Marnitz Boshoff   9.  ... More



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