Lions sign talented youngsters

2011-11-03 06:53

Cape Town - The Golden Lions have made a number of exciting new young signings - a clear indication of their willingness to improve their depth with young talent.

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The Beeld newspaper reports that Guy and Ross Cronje, the 22-year-old twin halfbacks from the Sharks, have signed for the new Currie Cup champions.This comes less than a week after Ross played against the Lions in the Currie Cup final as a substitute.

Western Province is also another young player short after 21-year old lock Stephan Greeff signed with the men from Johannesburg.

Greeff played for WP in this year's Vodacom Cup and also represented Maties in the Varsity Cup. A former Matie captain, Callie Visagie, will also join the Lions.

Apart from the Cronje brothers, the Moolman brothers - Monument High School in Krugersdorp's best products over the last three years - are also back in Johannesburg after stints elsewhere.

Twenty-one-year-old Whestley impressed at scrumhalf this year for the Leopards while his brother, Bradley (20), played centre for the Blue Bulls' Under-21 side as well as the Junior Springboks.

Whestley and Ross Cronje will fight it out at scrumhalf with Michael Bondesio. They can also call on the services of Australian Under-20 scrumhalf, Eddie Bredenhann - who recently signed with the Lions. Bredenhann was born in Witbank, but later emigrated to Asutralia.

Another youngster is the 24-year-old lock, Hendrik Roodt, who signed from Griquas. Roodt has also had a stint in Australia. He played for the Waratahs in last year's Super 14.

The Lions also announced that former Bok wing Henno Mentz's contract was not renewed. He hasn't played for the Lions since April 2010 in the Vodacom Cup.



  • Renny - 2011-11-03 07:06

    Good times ahead for the Lions

      Thomas - 2011-11-03 19:36

      They are overflowing with young bright talent, they need some older wiser heads to compete at S15!!

  • johan.w.geldenhuys - 2011-11-03 07:21

    good times ahead...Lion4Life!!

  • PieterJ100 - 2011-11-03 07:41

    Posted this earlier....Going out on a limb here and putting my head on a block as a Lions supporter...but isnt Josh Strauss just reaking of possible bok captaincy in say 2 - 3 years, provided that he keeps his playing tempo? Jantjies, Lambie or Goosen for flyhalf? Taute, Lambie for full back? And dont throw away Alwyn Hollenbach and Micheal Killian.... Pity Minnie has to compete with other greats on loosies....his age might just count against him!! SA Rugby is really looking healthy...

      PieterJ100 - 2011-11-03 08:04

      Couldnt agree more Marc. There is a fresh breeze of young talent in the country, maybe it is time for a fresh breeze in the boardroom? Appoint people with proper business skills but who also have a absolute passion for the game, not the farts that tip toed around De Villiers. Francios Pienaar, Kobus Wiese, Joel Stransky but to mention a few would make excellent Non-executive directors

      Bigrp - 2011-11-03 08:31

      I agree...the future for the Lions, and indeed the Boks, looks rosy. The most important thing will be the appointment of the Bok coach and his assistants...don't be too surprised if SARU stuffs it up!

      Andrew - 2011-11-05 11:52

      1. Oosthuizen 2. Bismarck 3. Beast 4. Bekker 5. v d Merwe 6. Schalk 7. Alberts 8. Strauss 9. Pretorius 10. Goosen 11. Hougaard 12. de Jongh 13. Steyn 14. Basson/Mvovo 15. Lambie

  • Nico - 2011-11-03 07:51

    Finally some decent direction at my Lions :) Well done and welcome to the new youngsters :)

  • PieterJ100 - 2011-11-03 07:52

    5 SCRUMHALVES!!!! Including Bondesio...clearly Brian wasnt thinking....

      Richard - 2011-11-03 10:14

      Tend to agree, but with the versatility of modern players (the way it should be) it may not be a bad way to go. I use to swop btw center an wing be it not at a high lvl. Now playing hockey I play midfield but depending on the strength of the opposition or our team on the day will play upfront or defense. What it can provide is an ability to read the game and situations differently, However as i think you are implying it does also add weakness where one might not understand the running and defensive lines as well as someone who always played that position. So a catch 22.

  • Michael - 2011-11-03 08:13

    "Asutralia"??? Really?

  • Christo - 2011-11-03 09:45

    Suddenly the flood gates open for the Lions! It just shows you how attractive a winning team can be! I'm sure Willem Alberts, Louis Ludick, Jano Vermaak and Jacque Fourie can pull their hair out! But you guys just stay where you are, thank you!

      Priester - 2011-11-03 10:37

      @Christo, what about Habana? The Lions molded him, the Bulls polished him and the WP destroyed him. Surely you cannot be so hard on the man to deny him a second chance? :-)) Yip it sure does look good for you guys. I wish you a cracker of a season and may the best team win. Blou Bul Groete!

  • andriescombrinck - 2011-11-03 13:23

    It's time Sport24 changes the Currie Cup header on the site... Sharks aren't the champs anymore!

      Vickers - 2011-11-20 09:39

      Yes. It has been weeks since the cup was rescued from the last outpost. Come on Sport24 do the right thing NOW!

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