Lions announce more signings

2012-10-10 14:12

Johannesburg - The Golden Lions have announced another batch of signings and contract extensions as they continue to look to keep the majority of their players from leaving the union.

According to the website, after last week’s announcement that Franco van der Merwe would be taking up a loan agreement with the Sharks and the fates of Boks Elton Jantjies, Lionel Mapoe and Jaco Taute still not finalised, there was some positive news again as two of the best up-and-coming Lions players committed their future to the province.

Andries Coetzee and Ruan Combinck both signed contract extensions that will keep them at Coca-Cola Park for the next year or so, with Coetzee signing until 2014 while Combrink will be there until the end of 2013.

Coetzee, who can play both flyhalf and fullback, and Combinck (fullback/wing) are both part of the Lions' move to keep a number of their up-and-coming players at the franchise while they are out of the Super Rugby competition.

The Lions also announced the signing of Griquas flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff, who put pen to paper for 2013 and 2014, and Western Province prop Jacques Kotze for 2013. Kotze joined the Lions Under-21 squad this year and will stay on while Boshoff will join them at the end of the current Currie Cup season.

The announcements come on the back of a bulk player announcement last week where senior Lions players like Derick Minnie and Anthony Volminck pledged their futures to the province.

The Lions also confirmed signing Willie Britz from the Griffons and Warwick Tecklenburg from the Bulls.

Other than the players they have waiting on loan agreements, the Lions did lose a number of players to other provinces and clubs, including Bok Pat Cilliers (Western Province), Michael Rhodes (WP), Caylib Oosthuizen (Free State), Jacobie Adriaanse (Scarletts), Paul Willemse (Bulls), Ruan Botha (WP), Ettienne Oosthuizen (Brumbies) and former captain Josh Strauss (Glasgow).


  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-10 14:27

    Well done Lions!! Some really great news, and thx to the players that shows that even in a professional era there is still some loyalty to the union!! GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB :)

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 15:26

      Wat gaan jy van Feb to Julie 2013 maak???

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-10 15:36

      Luke we are going to support all the teams playing the Kings!!!

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-10 15:51

      Luke, going to watch the Lions play their games, the rest of the weekend will be off, will be able to do family things again as I'm not watching super rugby. During the week I'll be on here though reminding you every article how useless and pathetic your team is and what a disgrace they are for sa rugby. Mondays though I will enjoy the post match article, even though just reading through the list of tries scored against you over the weekend will take bout an hour due to the length of the list!! The bigger question is, what are you going to do from July 2013 until forever?

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 16:22

      Nou praat jy Nico, ons het sulke passie by die KINGS nodig!!!

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-10 14:33

    I am happy for the Lions, hope they can keep most of th guys!!!!

  • johan.arendse.90 - 2012-10-10 14:38

    to mow the grass at the staduim!!!!!

  • alida.kloppers - 2012-10-10 14:42

    Die Lions wat bly, ons is so trots op julle. Dit wys jou geld kan nie lojaliteit koop nie. Boys ons is dankbaar na alles (SARU se dislojaliteit) speel julle nog steeds soos wenners. Dit is vir ons ondersteuners n riem onder die hart.

      brian.coetzee - 2012-10-10 15:58

      Ja natuurlik het sy watskots, en sy is seker baie lief vir honde, behalwe nou vir julle straat brakke wat kots!

  • siassmith - 2012-10-10 15:09

    Atleast the lions supporters will have a full year of not having to watch their team loosing every weekend in the Super 15.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-10 15:38

      Didn't really lose every weekend Sias, that's the Kings in 2013. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good chirp! Lions beat the finalists in 2012, can you see the Kings doing the same?

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-10 20:01

      Hey sean, how many Super cups have you won? seeing that you have a lot to say about my beloved KINGS, if you won nothing, then you are just like us, so shut up you fat Idiot

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-10 20:14

      suidlander, we won it once, in 1993, so that is more than what your queens side will ever win :)

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-11 07:18

      hey nico, i see you such an intelligent young man, you must be the best thing that came out of East rand hey, and you too you will bow down to the KINGS while your useless Lioness will be playing in Nigeria cup (thats for retards)

      juan.nel.16 - 2012-10-11 07:31

      Julle kings bly n klomp meisies!!!!!!!!!!!!

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-11 09:52

      hahahaha Suidlander ... whatever ... we won it, so we are not like you :)

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-10 15:30

    If they stick around will they get paid the union is in dire financial difficulty and no way of getting out of the black hole.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 16:33

      Ons het Baie Geld In PE!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 22:39

      Baie geld in PE. Bly die dowwe loser nurse nou daar?

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-10-11 07:54

      Ingrid, nog nie een speler is nie betaal nie, so waar kom jy aan jou idee? De Klerk kan net sowel die beste adminastreerder wees in die land.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 08:11

      Dowwe whatever is die keer onskuldig, glo dit of nie!!!!!!!

  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-11 08:43

    jis, maar kevin de klerk het n moerse neus.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 08:45

      Moes n Moerse snor gehad het om hom weg te steek!!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 08:55

      En n moerse comb over.

  • ladysonia.matiasolivierii - 2012-10-11 10:05

    ALL I want for Christmas is for the LIONS to kick the Bulls butts but bad.......GO LIONS I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU.

  • gavin.ray.102 - 2012-10-11 13:03

    I'll be happy to see the Lions playing against the European and Argentine teams next year while the same old boring super rugby tournament is happening. If the deal goes through, I don't think the Lions will ever look back and may just bring a new era to world rugby

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