Rugby

Lions to confirm mass exodus

2012-10-03 08:01
Lions acting CEO Ruben Moggee (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Stormers will benefit the most from the Lions' exit from Super Rugby in 2013, snapping up at least three players.

The Lions will announce the future plans of several of the Johannesburg-based union's players in a special press conference on Wednesday morning, and according to the supersport.com website, Lions acting CEO Ruben Moggee will announce the folllowing:

Tighthead Pat Cilliers - to sign with the Stormers (permanent)
Flank Michael Rhodes - to sign with the Stormers (permanent)
Flyhalf Elton Jantjies - to sign with the Stormers (loan agreement)
Centre Lionel Mapoe - to sign with the Bulls (loan agreement)
Lock Franco van der Merwe - to sign with the Sharks (loan agreement)
Centre Jaco Taute - to sign with either the Stormers or Sharks

On a more positive note, the Lions have signed Bulls flank Warwick Tecklenburg and Blue Bulls and former SA Under-20 lock Franco Mostert.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Are the Lions finished as a force in SA rugby? Is it fair that SARU aren't stepping in to ensure at least some of the Lions' departing players head to the Southern Kings? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

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