Johannesburg - The Lions have agreed to
release four players to clubs abroad for the duration of the Currie Cup
Flyhalf Elton Jantjies (NTT Shining Arcs), centre
Lionel Mapoe (Kubota Spears) and loose forward Warwick Tecklenburg (Kamaishi)
have all signed agreements in Japan until February 2016.
Meanwhile, hooker Armand "Akker" van der Merwe has
signed a deal with Racing Metro which will see him play in France for the
remainder of the 2015 season.
The players will return ahead of the 2016 Super
Rugby tournament and will represent the Lions in next year’s competition.
The players have all committed to Lions
Rugby until the end of 2016, the union announced via their official website.
Lions Rugby High Performance Manager Bart
Schoeman believes the stint abroad will not only be beneficial for the select
group of players involved but also for developing young talent within the Lions
“Following on from last year’s successful placement
abroad, Lions Rugby has opted to selectively release a group of players for the
Currie Cup tournament again this season,” said Schoeman.
“We believe that sending this group of
players abroad for several months will not only benefit them as players but
will also benefit the union immensely, as we look to develop the young talent
we have available here and give a new talent pool the opportunity to perform in
the Currie Cup. This was a great success in 2014 and we are hoping to replicate
that this season.”