Lions upset with Coetzee

2012-08-22 07:44

Cape Town - Golden Lions president Kevin de Klerk is upset after Western Province and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee hinted he might look at luring a few Lions players for next year's Super Rugby competition.

WP take on the Golden Lions in a Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg on Saturday and with the Lions out of the reckoning for next year's Super Rugby, some of their players could be the target of other unions. Players like Elton Jantjies, Pat Cilliers, Franco van der Merwe, Josh Strauss, JC Janse van Rensburg and Jaco Taute could well be targeted.

Coetzee admitted earlier this week they might be interested in luring a player or two from the Johannesburg-team.

"Some of the other franchise-teams will look to see if players will be available due to the Lions not playing Super Rugby," Coetzee was reported as saying.

"Elton Jantjies is a player who has an exit-clause in his contract if the Lions do not play in the Super-series."

De Klerk admitted to Beeld that there are "one or two players with such (exit) clauses" in their contracts. However, he wasn't all that happy about Coetzee's statement.

"I really like Allister a lot, but I'm absolutely stunned that he made such an opportunistic statement. Where is the spirit of sport and the respect between us? What's going on here is not sport.

"What happened to us was not our decision.

"I'm asking politely that they (the other unions) just portray a little bit of etiquette," said De Klerk.

The Lions-WP clash at Coca-Cola Park kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


  • stephen.eriksenmiller - 2012-08-22 07:59

    Come on Mr de Klerk, are you serious? Do you really expect your top players to sit around for a year without Super rugby? You are out of the competition because your team was bottom of the standings........yes! that is your fault! This is a professional game, in a professional era. Each franchise has the right to lure whoever will accept their offer. Stop crying like a baby! I thought you were better than that!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-08-22 09:59

      he sounds like a desperate man praying he will still have a high ranking job to go to. Without players to preside over ...what will he be president of?

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-08-22 19:03

      nzbro, he will be president of useless hangers on at Ellis Park, I'm sure he will sue SARU soon to reinstate his Super Rugby Champions, Lions back to the competition

  • kurt.roman.5 - 2012-08-22 07:59

    This is a perfect example of why SA teams cannot win the Super 15. If I was a Lions player I would prefer to play a higher rugby league than the Currie Cup which is the proving ground for Supper 15.

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-22 10:12

      Kurt, speak for yourself (your own team - the Stprmers?)

  • gvangreunen - 2012-08-22 08:02

    HA HA HA!

  • jacques.nortier1 - 2012-08-22 08:02

    Idiot!!! You messed up your union, fired another coach.....and expext top class players to stick around and let there career get messed up.....I hope other unions do go for these players.

      jason.children - 2012-08-22 08:14

      Im sure the players agents were on the phone to other unions the minute the announcement was made. This is a professional sport.

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-08-22 08:26

    Dog eats dog! It's a professional game and they will sell their talents to highest bidder! That's why I only care about the national team's performance, provincilalism died long ago as far as I'm concerned.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-08-22 08:39

    Well, Kevin, you must accept this as a reality: the "Golden" Lions will fall l apart and slip down to Vodacom rugby level. All the stars in the team will be bought up but the Southern Elephant King Spears, firstly, and by all the other franchises secondly.

  • ferdinand.massyn - 2012-08-22 08:43

    WP is so desperate to win a cup that they need to import some LIONS players to show them how its done.The LIONS players must take the Currie Cup with to show WP what it looks like HA HA HA. Maybe Alastair can polish it up for LIONS so long.players can make turns touching it HA HA HA - 2012-08-22 09:41

      Well at least the Lions will get to know how it feels like to win a Super rugby game. LoL

      mark.polley.336 - 2012-08-23 16:44

      @Ryan the Lions have already won a super rugby series, (super 10) your team may still have to win one.

  • ltjvrensburg - 2012-08-22 09:05

    Lucas van Biljon, if you guys remember him, ones said the worst decision he ever made was to leave the sharks and go to the lions. He said this because of managerial issues, they(management) did not look after the players according to van Biljon. Now that was about 5-8 years back. Do you guys think much has changed since then? Just a question.

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-08-22 19:06

      I remember that very well,

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-08-22 09:09

    As ek 'n top speler was sou ek nie wil Vodacom cup speel terwyl ek eintlik moet SUper Rugby speel nie...wat verwag De Klerk dan? Hoe dom is hy?

  • clive.wannenburg - 2012-08-22 09:11

    Give them the time to shine at other outlets but make sure you sign them up tightly for the years ahead when 2014 comes and it is all back to normal. Just glad they play for others and not the Kings. leave them to develop?

  • margie.swanepoel - 2012-08-22 09:15

    Mr Kevin de Klerk. When you fought your way into power you promised us that you would turn the Lions around. "As an ex-player, I know what the players need" were your words if I remember correctly. Since then my beloved GLRU and players have been on a down-hill slide all the way. So stop crying, be a man, admit you failed and get out. Let some-one else try to save my team. I'm sorry to say this, I always respected you as a player, as a member of the Alberton Rugby Club committee, etc. But now my team and my union is suffering.

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-08-22 09:40

    It's not sport, It's business

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-08-22 10:17

    Unfortunately it works like that Kevin, but put something in their contracts that they play for whatever Union only in S15. They must return to the Lions to play the EP Queens next year cos they will most certainly end last on the log.

  • gary.clark.376 - 2012-08-22 10:55

    Thats what happens when you F**** up an entire union, people leave. Hopefully the truth will one day surface as to why the Lions have been a no show for over a decade..

  • gregg.murray1 - 2012-08-22 11:42

    Kevin is right this can be done with dialogue, the problem for most of the players is that the Lions contracts stiputlate permission granted, so Elton can play for the Stormers if the Lions are part of the negotiation. I am sure Kevin would like as many as possible to play for the other Unions so that the costs can be reduced in the Lions and they can still hold onto their players. Kevin probably wants to engage his players so that they can decide what avenue to follow. Kevin could be hard ass and hold everybody to their contacts word for word.

  • jaryd.greyling - 2012-08-22 11:55

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      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-08-22 19:09

      ncncncnc, you idiot will Have a heart attack when you see us Kings winning at ;least two games unlike your useless union

      mark.polley.336 - 2012-08-23 16:53

      @vanwyk your useless union does`nt even play in the CC, anyway this is a lions article wich sould`nt concern you, or is the Queens blogs so boring you have to read other unions articles....tool

  • Enrico Capazorio - 2012-08-22 12:14

    Kevin, catch a wake up! Coetzee didn't call a press conference and declared he is going after Lions players. He was asked by a journalist if he would be interested in using Lions players in next years super rugby to which he gave an honest answer, yes , if they are available. What is the problem here?

  • Enrico Capazorio - 2012-08-22 12:23

    If the Lions are really smart they would let their top tier contracted players go play on loan at other franchises(except the kings of course) thereby saving costs on salaries and keeping their best players in super rugby. At the end of the comp. the loan period ends, get your players back, wallop the kings in the relegation match and you're back in SR. The year off will give them a chance to get their house in order.

  • paul.nel.376 - 2012-08-22 12:28

    It seems ethical values are lost in our country. The Lions must urgently sue SARU who serves politics instead of rugby. MTN, the sponsor of the Lions Super rugby union should finance such legal action and reinstate the Lions position in Super rugby. Let them have play offs against the next best team in SA to compete in Super rugby!

  • juan.nel.16 - 2012-08-22 12:49

    As n Leeu supporter wil jy nie net jou goed vat en PISS OFF by die unie nie!!!! Jy is die oorsaak van baie van die politieke probleme daar!!! Bring Louis Luyt terug hy het geweet wat hy doen!!!

  • charl.toit - 2012-08-22 17:02

    What about the Bulls they have already in mid season target players. Wake up

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