Lions scoop Bulls' Tecklenburg

2012-10-01 19:10

Pretoria - Blue Bulls flanker Warwick Tecklenburg has temporarily stopped the exodus at the Golden Lions by becoming the first player this season to sign for the Johannesburg union since they lost their Super Rugby status.

Tecklenburg, who was first spotted for Tuks at Varsity Cup level and graduated into the Blue Bulls Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup squads, has signed a two-year contract with the Lions, his agent James Adams told the website.

With the Lions preparing to organise games against top overseas teams to prepare them for their inevitable promotion-relegation game next year, Tecklenburg was unlikely to get a contract again at the Bulls with the abundance of loose forward talent at the province.

The 25-year-old has had limited time during this year's Currie Cup, getting just two starts in the season where the Bulls have struggled.

Previously the Lions have had to come to terms with losing players such as Jacobie Adriaanse (Scarlets), Josh Strauss (Glasgow), Caylib Oosthuizen (Free State), Paul Willemse (Bulls) and Ruan Botha (WP).

They are also likely to let their three current Springboks play Super Rugby elsewhere next year, with Pat Cilliers, Jaco Taute and Elton Jantjies all negotiating with other provinces at the moment.

The Sharks and Western Province are favourites to snap up the trio of players at the moment.


  • bryan.nicholson.33 - 2012-10-01 19:33

    I still cannot understand how EP Kings deserves a place in the Super 15 over the table topping lions....

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-01 19:47

      Top of the log in CC yes, but bottom of the log in S15. Huge difference between CC and S15, but I agree.... They should had a play off between Lions and Kings

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-01 20:33

      i agree with the playoff. But all the Kings must do to win is call the game a SUPER-playoff. The Lions will then go into shock, and think of their Super rugby record.....ending last or second last, and some seasons failing to win a single will then be a walk in the park for the Kings.....

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-01 21:36

      @Isak, with your reasoning the cheetahs should be top of the log, less injuries than the other teams and less players in the springbok squad, yet they are only managing 4th on the log. CC is a test of depth, and the Lions have depth, we have players in the springbok squad and a lot of injuries, same as the other unions. GO LIONS!! Keep the cup in JHB :)

      franz.prade.9 - 2012-10-01 21:55

      Agree 100% Bryan and Nico. Other comments do not even deserve to be commented on. Everybody forgets that the Lions had to play at the srart of Super Rugby with many under 21 and Vodacom players due to injury to top players. When some of the top players started playing again we won a few games at the end, including the Sharks with all their Springboks. Actually the Sharks 3 times in a row now and lets not forget the Super Rugby finalists last week also without 4 of our players sent to the Boks We now have 5 players in the Bok group and we are still winning Ridiculous comments except for Bryan and Nico !

      taetjo.mathabatha - 2012-10-01 23:20

      The Cheetahs are also playing with a good number of their Super Rugby players but they are not as successful. Oh well...

  • jeanpierre.heyns.1 - 2012-10-01 21:20

    @Isak dont be stupid man - FULL Strength? Bull dust Josh Strauss, Wicus van Heerden, Doppies la Grange, Michael Killian left the Lions Derick Minnie, Adriaanse, Roodt did not play against Problems beceuse of injury. Taute, Jantjies, Cilliers, CJ vd Linde were with the Springboks on Saturday. Please get your facts in order before commenting. Thanks

      jeanpierre.heyns.1 - 2012-10-01 21:22

      forgot about Hollenbach as well, so don't fool yourself the Lions have the depth. And we lost vermaak to the Bulls plus the flank/lock we used in the s15

      jeanpierre.heyns.1 - 2012-10-01 21:34

      oh yes Maku was also not available on saturday so I count almost 15 players...... so Isak care to withdraw your stupid statement

      michael.verreynne - 2012-10-01 21:39

      Wow! And look where the Lions are?! Top!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-01 21:34

    Welcome to the Lions den Warwick! We are building our team and will be an awesome squad soon!

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-02 08:51

    Vaar wel ou grote!!

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