Lions quash Strauss rumour
Cape Town - Lions president Kevin de Klerk has denied reports that Josh Strauss will be loaned out to the Crusaders for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Social networks reported on Friday that seven-time champion Crusaders had snapped up the loose forward on loan from the Lions, who will be replaced by the Southern Kings in Super Rugby next year.
The Lions have already lost the services of prop Jacobie Adriaanse
(Scarlets, Wales), lock Ruan Botha
(WP), lock Paul Willemse
(Blue Bulls) and Caylib Oosthuizen
(Free State Cheetahs) in recent weeks.
According to the Keo.co.za website
, De Klerk stressed that only flyhalf Elton Jantjies will be allowed to be loaned out next season as he is the only contracted player who has a Super Rugby clause in his contract.
The Lions currently have 26 players committed until October 2013, with Strauss being one of them.Lions contracted players:
JC Janse van Rensburg, CJ van der Linde, Callie Visagie, Pat Cilliers, Hendrik Roodt, Franco van der Merwe, Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Michael Rhodes, Stephan Greeff, Josh Strauss, Warren Whiteley, Michael Bondesio, Ross Cronje, Whestley Moolman, Elton Jantjies (with contract clause), Guy Cronje, Jaco Taute, Alwyn Hollenbach, Lionel Mapoe, Dylan des Fountain, Bradley Moolman, Deon van Rensburg, Deon Helberg, Andries Coetzee, James Kamana