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Lions 'not going under'

2011-12-08 10:42

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town - Reports of the Golden Lions’ imminent financial collapse are greatly exaggerated, according to the Highveld rugby franchise itself.

The Lions responded on Thursday to rumours on the rugby grapevine a day earlier that bankruptcy loomed for the defending Absa Currie Cup champions at the end of the year.

Former Sport24 publisher/editor Tank Lanning wrote on his website www.frontrowgrunt.co.za that he had received a text from an unnamed source saying: “All Lions players told only money for salaries until end December. All looking for jobs.”

But the Lions responded via their official Twitter account @LionsRugbyUnion: “We are not bankrupt. We are not going down. The players are being paid. We are playing in the 2012 SR (Super Rugby) comp. All malicious rumours.”

In an earlier tweet, the Lions said: “There is no official comment and nor will there be to malicious rumours.”

Funding issues have raged in the vicinity of Ellis Park since the souring in the middle of the 2011 season of a R16 million investment into the union from billionaire Robert Gumede and partner Ivor Ichikowitz; they pulled out and claimed Lions bosses were “stuck in the past” and effectively operated the franchise like amateurs.

Sport24

Comments
  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2011-12-08 10:56

    Where there's smoke there's fire

  • eric.viljoen - 2011-12-08 11:11

    If Lions supporters can just keep their stadium full, the union wouldn't have any money issues.

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-08 12:57

      They need to keep winning to do that

      Brevan - 2011-12-08 14:03

      @ Penny-wise. I am a Stormers supporter and Newlands has had awesome crowds throughout the last decade, in spite of poor performances. The supporters should support the team through thick and thin.

      Lexa - 2011-12-08 14:33

      okay guys, the real issue with Ellis Park i it sits smack-in-the-middle of one of the most dangerous cities in the world! I managed to go and watch 6 games this year, I got mugged once at knife-point and the another occasion had my car broken into (for what I can only assume was fun as nothing was stolen). I have and always will be a Lions supporter, the problem is not the supporters but the Union failing to address the issues of the REAL fans because it would hurt their pockets. I reported both incidents to he stadium as well as the GRLU and still have not got a response. The stormers are the easiest team in the country to support, lots of money and a beatiful stadium smack-in-the-middle of the best run province in our country!!!!!!! LIONS IS DIE BESTE!!!!!!!

  • Paulus - 2011-12-08 11:26

    This is the biggest pile of bs ever.....................We have the players............we have the money...................WE HAVE THE CUP!!!!!

      Dale - 2011-12-08 11:44

      Only now. How many matches have their stadiums been empty for?

      Koos - 2011-12-08 12:09

      @ Dale.... not the point...... bulls have been there... wp.... guppies and free state...... its not like it is something new to you bulls supporters to not have more people than media people?

      Dale - 2011-12-08 12:37

      lol Koos, only pointing out reality. I'm a sharks supporter btw. Truth is the Lions have had problems. Hope they do well in the Super 15 though.

      Koos - 2011-12-08 13:25

      hey Dale..... again.... i know you guys klapped us 52 something ..... and then there was the final..... lions team againts the springbok b side....... i must admitt.... it was mmmm an awesome feeling!!!! :)

  • tkannetts - 2011-12-08 11:49

    Just another sour grape attempt from the bulls supporters!!!! :)

      Hector - 2011-12-08 12:04

      Er! Tank Lanning played for WP

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-08 11:58

    Gumede never ever even put a cent into the union, it was all nonsense.

      Raymond - 2011-12-08 13:46

      Or rather, nocents.

  • ryno.tiana - 2011-12-08 12:08

    All just tactics if you ask me - perhaps from other provinces or franchises sparking a rumor like that?! Who knows! Lions is on a high and onto something good. I'm not saying that we're going to win the Super 15 but expect to see a much improved Lions side in next year's Super 15. Anything is possible... Lions all the way!!!!!

      Alan - 2011-12-08 13:16

      They play like they played this CC season and I would back them any day. If there are financial problems I hope they're sorted out quickly.

  • Oukoos - 2011-12-08 12:15

    As rugbyliefhebber hoop ek dit is onwaar. Die afgelope Curriebekerseision het die Lions vriend en vyand verras en gewys hoe jy kampioenskapstatus bereik sonder groot name in jou span. Hulle verdien ook die kans om die Curriebeker volgende jaar te verdedig. En moenie verras wees as hulle volgende jaar ook in die Superreeks die top Suid-Afrikaanse span is nie. WP groete

  • Nico - 2011-12-08 12:25

    yeah off course, "a text from an unnamed source", so it's easy to write any crap! Glassfit is the new equity partner for the Lions, and they are putting in the money that Gumede did not put in. He is now probably kicking himself for not investing and sending "unnamed text messages", hahahahaha, because he also said after he pulled out that the Lions is bankrupt! Lions rule forever!!

      Louis - 2011-12-08 14:16

      Forever and ever !!!!

  • Matthew - 2011-12-08 12:53

    sharks sparked the rumor so they can grab all the players

      MarkSchrade1980 - 2011-12-08 15:16

      Lame comment

  • Steenbra - 2011-12-08 12:57

    Was the player perhaps....one who left the franchise?

  • richard.joffe - 2011-12-08 20:07

    The lions won one currie cup with the boks away lol even if they came back for the knockouts it was too late to assimilate the players back in, lets see them do the same to the bulls sharks stormers even cheetahs with their full strength side. The Stormers won the real currie cup aka the cup awarded for winning the pool phase of the last super 15!

      Remo - 2011-12-09 06:43

      LMFAO.... accept it the rest of the sides got kicked in the nuts by a better team. As for the S15 lets wait and see what JM has planned. Maybe the Stromers should hire Piet van Zyl as their defence coach and then land him to the Sharks. LIONS FOREVER!

      Alan - 2011-12-09 14:07

      Sorry richard. I'm Cape Town born and bred and have always supported WP and the Stormers. The Stormers played some of the crappest rugby I ever saw this season and the Lions, if it wasn't for some wayward kicks would have been all over there first few opponents of the season, Stormers included. Give credit where it's due, because they play a brand of rugby that I would like to see the other sides adopting. BTW we haven't won anything in recent years.

  • Jody - 2011-12-09 14:08

    Tank Lanning reports like he played rugby........................useless.

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