Lions lose arbitration case

2012-08-22 17:57

Cape Town - The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) has lost the arbitration case against its Super Rugby partners, the Leopards and the Pumas.

This comes after the Leopards and Pumas claimed they were owed millions as their percentage share in the profits of the Lions Super Rugby franchise.

According to, the ruling could cost the Lions more than R5.5m over the next few weeks.

Judge WJ Hartzenberg ordered the Lions to immediately pay the amount of R2 565 000 to the Leopards for franchise fees owed for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.

The Pumas chose to write off debt they had at the Lions with their share of the award, but both unions are in for further payments as the division of the franchise fees for 2011/12 still need to be determined, and Hartzenberg ordered the parties to find an amicable agreement on the division of R6.6m for the two years within two days.

If no agreement can be made, the judge instructed the South African Rugby Union to step in.

This is the second major blow in as many weeks for the troubled union. Last week the South African Rugby Union ruled that the Southern Kings would be elevated to next year's Super Rugby competition at the expense of the Lions.

However, despite their recent woes, Lions president Kevin de Klerk ensisted this won't bring the union to its knees.

"We have lost, but we do have mechanisms in place to look at this. It won't bankrupt us," he told Rugby365.

The Lions take on Western Province in a Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17:05.


Golden Lions:


Western Province:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain), 12. Marcel Brache, 11. Ederies Arendse, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Tyrone Holmes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Don Armand, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie (captain), 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 JP du Plessis, 22 Kurt Coleman.


  • dwayne.engelbrecht - 2012-08-22 18:20


      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-08-22 18:37


      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-22 18:56

      dwayne's a Province supporter, clearly.

      andre.joubert.37 - 2012-08-23 09:28

      Bernard your comment just made my day. Can't stop luaghing every time I see it.

      dennis.mennis.961 - 2012-08-23 10:48

      I love loins, my best "bits". Oh, I like the Lions too!

  • gvangreunen - 2012-08-22 18:58

    Shoo, tough week! Lose out on SupeRugby to The Kings, Stormers poaching your players and now guilty of not paying franchises their dues ... mmm ... and your supporters have the audacity to raise their concerns over The Kings potential administrative blunders. What is it they say about people in glass houses?

      david.vanas.3 - 2012-08-23 10:32

      gvangreunen - if you feel you have to say something, at least say something sensible that adds value to the discussion.

      gvangreunen - 2012-08-24 21:57

      @David, mumble, mumble, mumble ...

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-08-22 19:18

    Damn dissolve these guys please SARU, everything they touch they destroy it, take the players to Blu Bulls and ban Lions administrators from coming close to anything that is oval shaped

      gregg.murray1 - 2012-08-22 23:14

      Mr Van Wyk you don't seem to understand that the Lions Super rugby attendace figures are higher than the Cheetahs and a couple of hundred below the Sharks figures, this for a team that was at the bottom of the log, the Lions have the fifth highest attendance on the Super 15 this year.

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-08-23 15:17

      @Suiduitlander, moenie nou al huil nie, julle gaan nou tussen rugby spelers wees vir die S15, so steek maar jou rokkie in want ons gaan lekker lag volgende jaar.

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-22 19:42

    It's time that someone bought out the Lions and put a business management in place. I'm sure there is supporters with money, buy the GLRU out and start fresh. Most of the players are contracted till end of next year, if a strong business like partner move in, the players will stay, and will perform better on the field. I thought Kevin will be able to clean up the mess, seems he is unable to. GO LIONS!!!

  • jaryd.greyling - 2012-08-22 21:10

    this page has had over 80 likes in less than a day

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-08-23 07:27

      because there are more uninformed idiots like you, its the BLIND leading the BLIND

      afrikaner.gewete - 2012-08-23 09:38

      A whole 80? Really?! Most of the 80 is probably Golden Lions Rugby Union employees and currently contracted Lions players, does not say much.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-08-23 07:08

    As supporters of the game we must not attend any of their games, and not even switch on any tv's when they play. The anc can only sponsor their willy-nilly whims for so long.

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-08-23 07:28

      If you don't attend the games, that would be good, thats minus one hooligan

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