|Currie Cup Forward Player of the Year||Marvin Orie|
|Currie Cup Backline Player of the Year||Ashlon Davids|
|Currie Cup Player of the Year||Kwagga Smith|
|Super Rugby Forward Player of the Year||Franco Mostert|
|Super Rugby Backline Player of the Year||Ross Cronje|
|Super Rugby Player of the Year||Malcolm Marx|
|Supporters’ Player of the Year||Malcolm Marx|
|Players' Player of the Year
|Most Valued Player of the Year||Malcolm Marx|
|Golden Lions Women’s Referee of the Year||Ashleigh Murray|
|Golden Lions Women’s Backline Player of the Year||Kimico Manual|
|U19 Forward Player of the Year||PJ Botha|
|U19 Backline Player of the Year||Jack Hart|
|U19 Player of the Year||Dian Schoonees|
|U21 Backline Player of the Year||Eddie Fouche|
|U21 Forward Player of the Year / Player of the Year||Jo-Hanko (Pikkie) de Villiers|
The Lions made it seven in a row against the Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday with a 26-19 victory in their first Super Rugby fixture of the season.
Four tries helped the home side secure a home victory and a very entertaining and physical match and the result was in the balance right until the end.
A brace by Springbok centre Lionel Mapoe and a try each by Aphiwe Dyantyi and Kwagga Smith kept the Lions’ noses in front for the last hour after a fine try by Shark flyhalf Robert du Preez.
The Sharks pressed hard at the end and two turnovers by Marnus Schoeman and Hacjivah Dayimani stopped their momentum.
The Lions laid the foundation of the first half momentum in the scrums and only the Sharks will know why they didn’t start Beast Mtawarira and Curwin Bosch in particular.
Jacques van Rooyen will run out in his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby game when the Emirates Lions host the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday at 17:15.
The Emirates Lions welcome back their Blitzbok Kwagga Smith who will don the number six jumper.
Youngster Aphiwe Dyantyi gets his first taste of Super Rugby at wing, filling the big shoes of injured wing Courtnall Skosan.
Another youngster, Hacjivah Dayimani, has been included on the bench and loan player Marnus Schoeman (Pumas) will also warm the bench. Should they take the field, both will make their Super Rugby debut for the Emirates Lions.
World Sports Betting, SA’s Leading Online Sportsbook have announced the signing of Lions Rugby Company as their official sports betting partner for the next 3 years.
This sponsorship will be for all international and local tournaments and comes shortly after their 2017 acquisition of the Headline Sponsor of the now World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.
Speaking about the newest sponsorship, Ryno du Plessis, National Marketing Manager of World Sports Betting pointed out the brand’s complete passion to support local teams and South African sport as a whole.
“World Sports Betting, a renowned and house-hold brand throughout South Africa, offers national and global betting in all sporting events,” said Du Plessis. “When looking for a partner on the Rugby stage, we looked no further than the Lions. Their commendable performance in recent years have made them a perfect match for our brand." Du Plessis also expressed his and his team’s dedication to inject more excitement into the Lions supporters in-stadium and promises some amazing promotions and activations over the next three years.
Warren Tannous, finding CEO of World Sports Betting and a passionate supporter of Lions Rugby called the sponsorship a ‘highlight’ to the company’s year and future.
“Growing up in a family who supported the franchise for as long as I can recall, saw us take the decision to partner with the Lions without hesitation. In fact it is something I have been looking to do for several years. Today, rugby is a big part of our business and product offering. We offer hundreds of Live In-Play and Pre-match markets on all local and International rugby and for me, seeing our brand associated with a world-wide franchise such as the Lions is an absolute honour,” he commented.
Edgar Rathbone, Managing Director of EPS (Pty) Ltd, welcomed World Sports Betting on board as the latest sponsor to the Lions Rugby Company, to be sported on the back of the Vodacom Super Rugby shorts. “We are proud to be associated with World Sports Betting, a brand that has gone from strength to strength in the past few years. We know it will be a long and prosperous relationship.”
World Sports Betting is also a major sponsor of South African cricket, boxing, mixed martial arts and horse racing and supporters over 18 are invited to find out more about them by visiting www.wsb.co.za or by following them on Social Media.
Pictured from left to right are: Ross Cronjé, Carl van der Walt (Commercial Head of MegaPro), Edgar Rathbone (Managing Director of EPS (Pty) Ltd.), Malcolm Marx, Warren Whiteley, captain of the Emirates Lions, Franco Mostert, Elton Jantjies and Ryno du Plessis (Marketing Manager of World Sports Betting) with the new Emirates Lions shorts for Vodacom Super Rugby 2018 sporting the new sponsor on the back. (pic © Deon van der Merwe/Lions Rugby Company)
|1||Adriaanse Jacobus Petrus||Prop||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|2||Brink Cyle Justin||Loose Forward||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|3||Coetzee Robin Leendert||Hooker||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|4||Coetzee Andries||Fullback||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|5||Combrinck Ruan||Injured Wing||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|6||CronjÈ Ross||Scrumhalf||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|7||Davids Ashlon||Flyhalf||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|8||Dayimani Hacjivah||Loose Forward||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|9||Dreyer Ruan Martin||Prop||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|10||Dyanti Aphiwe||Wing||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|11||Engelbrecht Willem Gerhardus||Loose Forward||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|12||Erasmus Lourens Jacobus||Lock||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|13||Ferreira Andries Stephanus||Injured Lock||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|14||Fourie CornÈ||Hooker/Prop||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|15||Herbst Rhyno||Injured Lock||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|16||Janse van Rensburg Rohan||Centre||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|17||Jansen van Vuren Marco||Scrumhalf||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|18||Jantjies Elton Thomas||Flyhalf||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|19||Jonker Johannes Gideon Andries||Prop||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|20||Kriel Jacobus Albertus||Injured Loose Forward||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|21||Kruger Robert Albertus||Lock||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|22||Mahuza Sylvian||Fullback Utility||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|23||Mapoe Grenton Lionel Starlone||Centre||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|24||Marx Malcolm Justin||Hooker||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|25||Massyn Willem Leon||Loose Forward||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|26||Meyer Christiaan Petrus||Scrumhalf||(Griquas Rugby Union)|
|27||Mnisi Xolani Howard||Centre||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|28||Mostert Francois John||Lock||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|29||Orie Marvin||Lock||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|30||Reynolds Shaun||Fullback Utility||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|31||Schoeman Marnus||Loose Forward||(Mpumalanga Rugby Union)|
|32||Sithole Sithembiso Mlundo Siphesile||Prop||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|33||Skosan Courtnall DouglasInjured||Wing||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|34||Smit Dillon||Scrumhalf||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|35||Smith Albertus Stephanus||Loose Forward||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|36||Smith Dylan Thomas||Prop||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|37||Tambwe Madosha Michael||Wing||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|38||Van Rooyen Jacques||Prop||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|39||Vorster Harold William||Centre||(Lions Rugby Company)|
|40||Whiteley Warren||Loose Forward||(Lions Rugby Company)|
Golden Lions Rugby Union is used to making history and is at it again
18 January 2018
The Golden Lions Rugby Union is used to making history and is at it again. This time we are announcing the first ever official Women’s league, the Jozi Women Rugby League, that will kick off in April.
It will be the first time in the Union’s long history that an official league for women will take place. Nine teams will compete for the first ever title of provincial women’s club champion.
The league will kick-off with three friendly matches at the following three different venues in February:
The GLRU Jozi Women Rugby League will kick off 6 April 2018.
The Emirates Lions will host the Cell C Sharks at home at Emirates Airline Park on 17 February in the biggest local derby of the year when their Vodacom Super Rugby campaign kicks off for the 2018 season.
This is followed by seven more exciting games before they take to the road for their first match on tour Down Under against the Waratahs on 20 April in Sydney.
The last game before the play-offs is another biggie - on 14 July against the Vodacom Bulls at home at Emirates Airline Park.
Triumphant England coach Eddie Jones visited Emirates Airline Park on Monday to do a recce for the test against South Africa later this year.
Jones, who has a 23 and 1 winning record after taking the reigns at the RFU, has only lost a single away test to Ireland while at the helm of the Roses. He also helped England to victory over the Springboks for the first time since 2006. Lions Rugby Co CEO Rudolf Straeuli showed Jones around the Johannesburg Super Stadium.
One of the Lions’ longest serving liaison officers, Chris Vermeulen, passed away on Monday, 8 January 2018.
Mr. Vermeulen suffered from cancer and died at his house in Germiston.
Edgar Rathbone, Managing Director of EPS Management
“Jonsson Workwear and Lions Rugby share similar values - hard work, commitment and tenacity. We have sponsored the Lions since 2014, and look forward to another rewarding two years.”
Nick Jonsson, CEO of Jonsson Workwear
Jozi ‘backs’ new Emirates Lions 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby jersey
The Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd and Canterbury are proud to reveal the new strip for the 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.
“The new jersey is a blend of traditional and modern with red and white hoops on the front and a modern design at the back which will again include the Johannesburg skyline, arguably the most beautiful skyline in South Africa.
“We are very proud to be associated with the City of Johannesburg and we know they have our ‘backs’ so to speak,” said Edgar Rathbone, Managing Director of EPS Management.
Rudolf Straeuli, CEO Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd, thanked Canterbury for designing a state of the art jersey, not only in design, but also remaining innovative within the industry. “It is fantastic that we have kept our relationship with our sponsors that sees the jersey sponsors unchanged.
“We are proud to announce that the jersey sponsors backing the 2018 Emirates Lions team are Emirates, Xerox, Bidvest, Canterbury, Jonsson Workwear, Fidelity-ADT, Hisense, 947 and Vox and we thank them for their continued support of Lions rugby,” Straeuli said.
The jersey will again sport the Autism Blue Number on the back in support of the Els for Autism Foundation.
Lions and Springbok player Malcolm Marx is the top candidate for the SA Rugby Player of the Year award but is in line for three SA Rugby awards, including Young Player of the Year and Super Rugby Player of the Year.
Marx's Lions team mate Jaco Kriel, Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi and Jan Serfontein are other candidates nominated for the top award.
All three candidates for the Super Rugby Player of the Year award are Lions: Marx, Kriel and Franco Mostert while former Lions coach, Johan Ackermann, is again nominated for Coach of the Year, an award that he won the last two years.
The Emirates Lions are nominated for Team of the Year but is up against the SA Sevens team as well as Western Province.
The list of nominations are:
Player of the Year
SA Rugby Young Player of the Year
SA Rugby Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
Steinhoff Springbok Sevens Player of the Year
Junior Springbok Player of the Year
SuperRugby Player of the Year
Currie Cup Player of the Year
First Division Player of the Year
SuperSport Challenge Player of the Year
CURRIE CUP [1 August – 1 November]
As per previous years, consultants will be advising throughout the year.
CV’s OF ALL OUR COACHES FOR 2018
SWYS DE BRUIN
Swys de Bruin was part of the successful Emirates Lions sides that played in the Vodacom Super Rugby finals in 2016 and 2017. De Bruin comes with a wealth of experience.
He began his professional rugby career at The Sharks in 1996, where he was appointed as the Coaching Co-ordinator. In 1997 he steered the Sharks u21 side to National Champs success as Head Coach. He was also the Head Coach of the Wildebeest side in 1998. De Bruin was Head Coach at the Griquas from 1999 to 2003.
In 2001 he was in charge of the SA under 21 side that took part in the Junior World Championship. De Bruin was involved in the Sharks Academy in 2004, when he was appointed Head Coach. He also assisted The Sharks senior squad as Super XV Skills Coach during this time. He coached the Sharks XV, Sharks u21 and Sharks u19 sides between 2005 and 2011.
In 2012, De Bruin worked as the High Performance coach at The Sharks. He joined the Lions in 2013 as assistant coach for Super Rugby and Currie Cup and together with head coach Johan Ackermann orchestrated the re-emergence of the Lions as one of the op rugby forces in Super Rugby. He is widely acknowledged as the brains behind the Lions’ superb attacking play that has seen them reinvent themselves as a free-scoring team.
"I am very excited about the prospect for the future and working with exciting home grown coaches that are part of the coaching structures for the Lions".
The former prop started his coaching career in 2010 when he joined the University of Johannesburg as Head Coach of their Under 21 side. During his two years as junior coach at UJ he was responsible for talent identification and recruitment of junior players. He was also in charge of the Valke Craven Week forwards and coach of the UJ Young Guns (under 20).
Between 2013 and 2014 he was head coach of the Valke Craven Week team and the Boksburg Rugby Club first team during the Community Cup. In 2015 he was forwards coach of the UJ Varsity Cup side as well as the victorious USSA and league winners. During 2016 and 2017 he coached UJ (Varsity Cup) and the Lions under 19 forwards. This team became the first under 19 side to successfully defend their national title.
The former Blue Bulls rugby player (centre, scrum-half) started his formal career in rugby as marketing assistant for the Blue Bulls Rugby Company. He joined the Lions as a full-time coach in 2011 when he was appointed as the defence coach for the Under 19 team, the same year this team won the national league.
From 2012-2016 Mongalo was part of the coaching staff of the under 19, under 21 and Vodacom Cup teams at the Lions as defence coach. In between he coached the Wits University Varsity Shield (2012) and Varsity Cup teams as backline and defence coach.
In 2016 he was defence coach for the Junior Springboks at the Junior World Championships in France. The Lions under 19 side was crowned nationals champions in 2016 and 2017 with Mongalo as head coach. He also acted as Lions Currie Cup breakdown and skills coach. Another feather in his coaching cap was being Finalist of the Coach of the Year Gauteng Sports Awards.
IVAN VAN ROOYEN
Ivan ‘Cash’ van Rooyen joined the Lions in 2009 after hanging up his boots as a player (Lions juniors, Lions sevens, Valke Currie Cup). The sport scientist worked with the junior sides and Vodacom Cup until 2011 and also assisted Wayne Taylor with the Super Rugby and senior Currie Cup sides. He became head of Strength and Conditioning in 2012 and still holds this position.
The Lions continued success since 2014 and subsequent Vodacom Super Rugby finals in 2016 and 2017 was also due to the high level of fitness installed by Van Rooyen. During his time at the Lions the union have delivered 17 Springboks through their ranks.
His playing career as a fly-half spans almost 15 years across a broad spectrum of teams in SA, including the Free State, Natal, Griquas and the Lions where he ended on a high note in 2010 at Super 14 level. His coaching career officially started with the University of Johannesburg where he assisted with the Varsity Cup side from 2011-2013.
The Lions appointed him in 2012 to assist with the under 21 and Vodacom sides. His duties as assistant spilled over to 2016 and in 2017 he was appointed as head coach of the under 21 team. This team was crowned national under 21 champions in 2016 and reached the semi-finals in 2017.
Former Springbok prop Roux started out his coaching career in 2009 with the province he represented as a player, the Bulls, where he was appointed as the scrum coach to the junior teams. This was followed up with stints as scrum coach at the University of Pretoria’s Varsity Cup sides (2011-2013), forwards coach of the Young Guns (2012-2015) and scrum coach to the Bulls Super Rugby team (2013-2015).
He joined the Lions in 2016 as forwards coach and was part of the under 21, Currie Cup Qualifier and Supersport Challenge teams. The under 21’s were crowned national champions in 2016 and reached the semi-finals in 2017.
Nkosi will join the Lions in 2018 and his role will be two-fold: firstly as a recruitment officer and secondly as the defence coach to the under 19 team. He already sports some impressive bullets on his rugby coaching CV: King Edward VII School (KES) head coach, under 18 Golden Lions Craven Week and SA Schools assistant coach.
Nkosi is a young coach, and law student, who has played a major role in the emergence of King Edward VII School as a big role player in schools rugby in Gauteng where he holds the position as Director of Coaching. He may only be 27 but he’s been deeply involved with rugby at KES from Grade 8 through to matric where he played alongside Scarra Ntubeni in 2009. He was also part of the coaching staff that guided the Golden Lions Under-18 side to the 2016 and 2017 Craven Week finals.
Boomgaard has a wealth of experience in rugby administration spanning more than 20 years since he first acted as general secretary for the former TIRFU Raiders in 1994. He acted as team manager and club manager for Raiders Rugby Club until 2008 when he was appointed as senior team manager for the Lions Currie Cup. In 2009 he started his stint as team manager of the Super Rugby side as well and has worked with the senior team since then. His list of accomplishments include six Currie Cup semi-finals, three Currie Cup finals and two Super Rugby finals.
DR. ROB COLLINS
Dr Collins has a vast background in sports medicine after completing his MSc in Sports Medicine in 2006. He joined the Lions in 2010 as the senior team physician for the Super Rugby and Currie Cup senior teams and head of medical services. He is a member of SA Institute for Drug free sport disciplinary tribunal since 2011 and has a private practice at Rosebank Centre for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics.
Ellis was appointed as Head Performance Analyst for the Lions in 2017. His role is implementing the union’s High Performance programs. Before joining the Lions he was technical advisor and academy coach at the Cheetahs where he worked with all the Free State teams.
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Bart Schoeman is the Manager of the Lions High Performance but also sports an impressive coaching CV. He plied his trade in Blue Bulls country where he was head coach of their Craven Week and Academy Week sides in 1999 and 2000 and again in 2010/2011. He joined the Lions in 2013 as head of recruitment and contracting and that year also coached their under 19 side to the final.
Schoeman was part of the under 19 coaching staff that successfully defended their national title this year. The success of the junior teams at the Lions in recent is largely due to the sterling work Schoeman has been doing as part of the unions’ recruitment strategy.
NELL DE BRUIN
Neil de Bruin is the coach of the High Performance at the Lions since 2015. Before that he was based in Potchefstroom where he was backline and attack coach for the Leopards and NWU Puk Varsity Cup side. Since joining the Lions he has worked with position specific skills development for all the Lions teams and developed and established a high performance programme for the union. As head coach of the Lions under 19 side in 2017 he was instrumental in this team’s successful defence of their national crown.
The Lions Rugby Company and players, Nicolaas Hanekom and Justin Ackerman, have agreed to mutually part ways. We wish the Players all the best in their future endeavors and thank them for their service to Lions Rugby over the years.
JP Ferreira is currently in negotiations with Munster. His contract with the Lions Rugby Company expires in October 2018.
The Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd. has acquired the services of Griqua scrumhalf Christiaan Meyer on loan for the 2018 Super Rugby season.
More acquisition will be announced in the coming weeks.
All teams are currently on break and will return mid-November to begin Super Rugby preparation. Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd. thanks all its loyal supporters for their ongoing support through the season.
The Lions Rugby Company is very proud of their Under 19 side that successfully defended their provincial title. They beat the Free State 55-24 in the final at Growthpoint Kings Park (Durban) last weekend. Their tally of 104 tries for the season is a proud achievement. Find attached the team picture of the Xerox Golden Lions Under 19 side.
The following players have come to the end of their contract with the Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd. Rudolf Straeuli CEO of Lions Rugby Company wishes all these players the very best for their future endeavours.
The Xerox Golden Lions under 19 side will defend their provincial title in Durban on Saturday against the Free State Cheetahs.
The Lions under 19 side won the title against Western Province 60-19 last year.
Consistency has been perhaps the Cubs’ biggest ally with record breaking tries and an average of 49,61 points per game this season.
The Lions Rugby Company is proud of their juniors’ success and wish them all the best.
Xerox Golden Lions Under 19 team to play against Free State Under 19 (28 October 2017, 11:00):
Three Springboks have been included in the Xerox Golden Lions starting XV for the Currie Cup clash with the Toyota Cheetahs at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday 14 October with one on the bench.
Ross Cronjé, Courtnall Skosan and Andries Coetzee will make their first appearances in this years’ Currie Cup while Malcolm Marx has been included on the bench.
In other changes Robbie Coetzee starts at hooker and Jacobie Adriaanse returns after a stomach bug kept him out of action last week.
Jaco van der Walt moves to flyhalf and Aphiwe Dyantyi from right to left wing
Kick-off is at 17:15 and ticket prices start at R20.
An unexpected call from the LIONS rugby team’s Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company, to Water Shortage South Africas’ CEO, Benoit Le Roy earlier this week offering the LIONS franchise full support in getting water to the WC was welcomed with open arms.
Water Shortage SA is a non-profit organisation started two years ago to facilitate the supply of drinking water to desperate communities in the country.
Since its inception their dedicated volunteers have moved over 67 million litres of donated water to parched communities all over South Africa.
“Rudolf and his team are making a very significant commitment to sending bottled water collected from the Lions rugby supporters to the Stormers supporters in Cape Town” said Le Roy from Cape Town yesterday (Thursday).
Everybody in the Gauteng area is encouraged to drop bottles of water collected by families, schools, community organisations and the like at the Ellis Park stadium. The water will then be delivered by the dedicated volunteers of Water Shortage SA to communities without water.
“Cape Town is likely to become the first city in the world to run out of water completely – it is not a crisis it is a catastrophe and we welcome the Lions initiative” said media spokesman Ray de Vries.
“Our organisation is pleading with South Africans to open their hearts and help us collect as much water as possible so that we can store up for day zero which could be any time from December” said de Vries in Johannesburg on a sponsorship drive.
Lions fans have been asked to bring water for dropping off at the stadium tomorrow before the game as well as during the week during office hours.
“We appeal to corporate South Africa to get involved by donating funds to Water Shortage SA to help with the costs of transporting and distributing the water to communities.
The side will be led
by the experienced