Lions to confirm mass exodus

2012-10-03 08:01

Cape Town - The Stormers will benefit the most from the Lions' exit from Super Rugby in 2013, snapping up at least three players.

The Lions will announce the future plans of several of the Johannesburg-based union's players in a special press conference on Wednesday morning, and according to the website, Lions acting CEO Ruben Moggee will announce the folllowing:

Tighthead Pat Cilliers - to sign with the Stormers (permanent)
Flank Michael Rhodes - to sign with the Stormers (permanent)
Flyhalf Elton Jantjies - to sign with the Stormers (loan agreement)
Centre Lionel Mapoe - to sign with the Bulls (loan agreement)
Lock Franco van der Merwe - to sign with the Sharks (loan agreement)
Centre Jaco Taute - to sign with either the Stormers or Sharks

On a more positive note, the Lions have signed Bulls flank Warwick Tecklenburg and Blue Bulls and former SA Under-20 lock Franco Mostert.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Are the Lions finished as a force in SA rugby? Is it fair that SARU aren't stepping in to ensure at least some of the Lions' departing players head to the Southern Kings? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • Thrillers27 - 2012-10-03 07:51

    great news for stormers, especially if jaco comes along as well!

      christian.denyschen - 2012-10-03 07:55

      Ja bru its great news that the stompies will get some guys who actually knows what it feels like to lift a cup great news for you!

      Thrillers27 - 2012-10-03 08:05

      well i would rather get some new players than go cupless any longer. im sad the lions are disintergrating because of the kings, and im originally from the EC, but in a professional era the players need to go somewhere and might as well go to my team!

      taetjo.mathabatha - 2012-10-03 08:12

      Poor Peter Grant, Gary van Aswegen and Joe Pietersen, Poor Malherbe, Poor Brok Harris... Oh well. Good move on Lionel Mapoe, that is a talented player too.

      seanread.crisp - 2012-10-03 08:18

      I've just read on rugby365 that, according to the club's CEO/MD etc, all of this is speculation. So who to believe. I really hope Jantjies join WP though - he is just the thing our backline need to start firing!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-03 08:57

      Will the "Lions" be "DHL" down to Cape Town?

      solliebc - 2012-10-03 09:02

      Ag Sean moenie worry nie ,dis maar net skindernuus. Niks is confirmed nie. Hulle gaan almal daar by julle bulls kom speel. Vee nou af jou trane.

      fiona.vanderlinden - 2012-10-03 09:02

      Great news indeed.Taute and Juan De jongh would make an exciting centre pairing.Elton Jantjies would be the best acquisition of them all since the Stormers lack a really good flyhalf,Peter Grant is good but Jantjies is better for sure.Im not so sure about Pat Cilliers though ! would he really make up for a solid pack with young Steven Kitshoff and Tiaan Liebenberg ?? Can anyone tell me when Francois Louw's contract expires with Bath and if the are any speculation linking him with a new club ??? OH yeah by way...middle finger to you SARU,and 2 middle fingers to you Cheeky Watson !!!!

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-03 09:34

      Hahahaha - man this is burning the boneheads from up north. To name a few players for next year: Schalk Burger, Vermeulen, Bekker, Cilliers, Elstadt, Etzebeth, Koster, Carr, Malherbe, Kitshoff, Fourie, Koster, Kolisi, Jantjies, Grant, Taute, JDV, Habana, De Jong, Aplon, Brache, JP Du Plessis, Groom

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-03 09:36

      @ Fiona, didnt realize you liked Cheeky so much, 2 fingers... What's any of this got to do with Cheeky by the way? Bringing top rugby to the EC, the man should be given a key to PE

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:23

      Schalk Burger, Vermeulen, Bekker, Cilliers, Elstadt, Etzebeth, Koster, Carr, Malherbe, Kitshoff, Fourie, Koster, Kolisi, Jantjies, Grant, Taute, JDV, Habana, De Jong, Aplon, Brache, JP Du Plessis, Groom And still no trophies, and I predict none for the next 10 years, the choking culture will be ingrained into the new arrivals. And Burger? Haha, that guys career is over. He will be injured again next season and then will retire. Did you just mention Grant? 20 metre Peter? 11 and 17 years cupless. Clutching at straws now.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 10:45

      @macziek - Now which one is it? 11 or 17 years? Both are dead wrong, anyway. How about the Bulls not even making any semi's for two years? The only play-off they will get, is the Currie Cup promotion/relegation one at the end of this season. Macziekpk: A lifetime brainless. Stupid polack.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-10-03 12:37

      Lets be honest now boys!! SARU did make a blunder in its processes, but without the forced hand approach there just isnt enough cash in the Eastern Cape area to build a team and maintain it, and it would not have changed had they not done the switch move. Thats the reality! So moaning wont help, and being negative shows your own character.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 13:12

      Consolation cups and night series trophies don't count. I am talking about Currie Cups and Super Titles, of which the Bulls have plenty. The mightiest union of all

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-03 13:57

      And these are the same province that complained when the Bulls bought players???

  • JohannP - 2012-10-03 07:53

    Thank you SARU for F'ing up a union, just so you can score political poi

      ryan.viljoen.39 - 2012-10-03 08:02

      Absolutely correct. The Kings promoted itself on "transformation of the game" and then want the rules to change, only for it, to be allowed to sign foreign players. The result is that its inclusion destroys one of the most famous South African provincial teams. I really hope the Mighty Lions can bounce back from this and smash Kings in the relegation match next year.

      frikdt - 2012-10-03 08:07

      Surely you meant to say 'F*** you SARU', not 'Thank you SARU'? ;)

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-03 09:38

      The Public must boycott ALL Kings Games --irrespective of who they play .Empty stadiums may send a msg re BEE /AA Etc !

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-03 09:39

      @ Johann, the union was f'kd up way before SARU became involved It's not as if they were improving...20 year plan??

  • johannes.barnard.77 - 2012-10-03 07:55

    Hope Taute goes to the Sharks will waste his time at the stormers , lucky Jantjies is only a loan agreement with the stormers .

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 08:03

      You are right, with the numerous world class centres and fullbacks at the Stormers, Taute might just waste his time on the bench.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:26

      World class centres and fullbacks. Joe Pietersen? The Flake, one bite and all resistance crumbles Juan Stuck in the Mud De Jongh Jean Captain Porcelain De Villiers Gio Midget Marionette Aplon Taute stay away, don't become a choker!!!! At least Jantjies will have some friends down in the Cape, they can drive Kusheshes and get their lines in their hair right on weekends

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 10:47

      Macziekpk, jealousy makes you sound stoopid.

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-10-03 11:38

      @maczielpk ~ you are a horrible little man

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 22:37

      Maaksiek knows it's the truth. He's just jealous because his beloved pink team has lost two youngsters to the Lions. If your players leave your team for the Lions, then you know something's seriously wrong.

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-03 07:57

    Province=Chokers & Rugstekers

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 08:05

      Nee nie net rugstekers nie. Hierdie jaar jaar sover het die WP en Stormers die Bulle opgeneuk, left right en centre. Nie net in die rug nie.

      arnold.coetzee - 2012-10-03 08:49

      Mar kon nie n game wen teen die Sharks en Lions nie

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-10-03 10:51

      @arnold - who cares about the lions and sharks? Niks gee wp meer plesier as om die bulle op te f@# nie. en by the way, Stormers het wel teen die lions en sharks gewen die jaar.

  • P.J. - 2012-10-03 07:58

    Die Blou Trille is nou weer suurgat omdat hulle net vir Mapoe kry! Cry me a river!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 08:05

      Daar is te veel spelers in hierdie land wat nie dood gesien sal wil word in 'n pink trui nie.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 08:41

      Nee boet, ons is suurgat oor die Lions so behandel word, slegs in SA dat jou CC kampione en huidige pace giving span, met so min respek behandel word!!!!!

      christian.denyschen - 2012-10-03 09:42

      Suurgat jy se? dink jy nie dis nogal snaaks dat n kama krag huis van SA rugby so baie spelers moet oor neem van die lions af nie. Se nie juis veel van hulle nie, en nou wat nou gaan die spelers wat eerste gekontrakteur was op die bench sit? F*k daai manne behoort by die lions en hulle behoort in super rugby punt.

      P.J. - 2012-10-03 12:11

      @Christian- Die WP se spelers word onder ons gate uitgekoop, so hoekom de-f*k kan ons nie nuwe spelers inkoop nie? Moet ons nou maar net ouens soos Deon Fourie, Katrakilles, Pollard ens. se plekke met haasbek papsak drinkers van die straat af vul?! Dis deel van die moderne game "deal with it"!

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 08:02

    I'm excited that Pat Cilliers is heading to the home of SA Rugby. I also now understand why Mapoe was called up to the Bok team along with that other guy - can't remember his name. Mmmmmmm, makes you think - a deal sweetener maybe???

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-03 08:58

      "The home of SA rugby"! Die bekerloses maak sa rugby so trots!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:27

      The home of choker rugby

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-10-03 10:53

      daar is meer bekers in nuweland as in loftus - daai bekerkas is maar lekker leeg.

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2012-10-03 08:05

    Lions must relocate from Ellis Park to anoyher stadium thats point 1. 2 Gauteng big business must assist to get the right players and or coach (the players are OK but need motivation) 3 Kings to find their own home grown players or has Watson forgotton his pledge !!!! its now a story of Money Talks, not socalled dreams

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 08:43

      Agreed, feel real sorry for the Lions!!!!!!

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-03 09:43

      @ Peter, I think that's the Kings plan. What more can you expect being given the go ahead inbe given in August? Fill the SR Squad with u/21's and u/19's? All 57 of the EC home grown players are turning out for other SR franchises Next time think before making pretty stupid comments

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 09:59

      Luke they should not have been in the bloody S15 in the first place, so next time think before you make stupid comments!!!!

  • ivan.devries.7 - 2012-10-03 08:06

    It is not Stomer but a Lion stomer

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:27

      In English please...

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 10:59

      Stomer? As in "steamer", a great, big, powerful ship?

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-03 08:08

    This is the end of Lions rugby. No player or sponsor will ever touch them again. Bad investment!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-10-03 08:16

      Hey dummy, back again, dis nog lank nie die einde van die Leeus nie, die queens gaan net 6 maande probeer rugby speel en dan nooit weer nie, ek kots op saru

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-03 08:37

      Die leeus is nie meer. Se totsiens. Kan ek vir you 'n Kings jersey stuur? Watse groote is jy?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 08:44

      As dit van SARU afhang, is ou dummy reg, ongelukkig!!!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-03 08:48

      Dit is wat gebeer as a klomp groot sakemanne vir rugby will beheer. Die so-called 'presidents' van rugby in SA is a klomp lekker groot sakemanne. Hulle weet niks van rugby nie.

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-03 09:00

      Charles - En wat gebeur as 'n klomp politici rugby probeer beheer!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-03 09:03

      Die selfde ding.

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-10-03 11:41

      Ja dumb, n XXXL ene want duisende mense wil kots op die trui, want saru en queens is XXXL p>>se

      P.J. - 2012-10-03 12:15

      @Louis - Loving the agro tjom!!!

      mark.polley.336 - 2012-10-04 17:33

      In your wildest dreams, you would loooooooove that, why so anti Lions/jhb. The Lions will be back, up yours & SARU`S.

  • bloubul.forlife.9 - 2012-10-03 08:12

    A Lions has a meaning, a Shark, a Bull and a Cheetah has a meaning. All animals of this planet. What the hell does a Stormer mean???? Die capies met hulle papsnoeke wat ok maar net anders wil wees

      bloubul.forlife.9 - 2012-10-03 08:13

      Why dont they call themeself the "Papsnoeke"???

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 08:23

      Het jy al gesien hoe bang raak daai bulle op die hoeveld as daar 'n storm deurkom????

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-03 08:47

      Al die SA name is dom on oorspronklik om eerlik te wees. Die New Zealand spanne het almal goeie span name, Hurricanes, Crusaders, Chiefs, selfs die Australia spanne ook. Die enigste span wat nie 'n stupid dier naam het nie, is die Stormers.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-03 09:25

      Haha, also what might that meaning be? Cape of Storms? Heard of it? At least the Stormers name makes sense!

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-03 09:55

      Papsnoeke! Ja I guess that is about all us Capies have got other than great beaches, beautiful women, mountains, winelands, Newlands (rugby & cricket), Stellenbosch University, White Sharks, top restaurants, Waterfront, tourist from all over the world bla bla bla. Why would any young professional rugby player want to come here to play his rugby ????

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-03 10:00

      Papsnoeke! Ja I guess that is about all us Capies have got other than great beaches, beautiful women, mountains, winelands, Newlands (rugby & cricket), Stellenbosch University, White Sharks, top restaurants, Waterfront, tourist from all over the world bla bla bla. Why would any young professional rugby player want to come here to play his rugby ????

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:29

      Actually on the Highveld we sleep during storms on the weekend.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-10-03 10:57

      You are not a person, you are an animal, you are all just filthy animals!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 22:39

      Maaksiek. Thanks for admitting that your're nothing more than a useless animal.

  • steyts - 2012-10-03 08:12

    Welcome to the Cape Pat, Elton,Michael and Jaco!!! Hope Elton gets to play ahead of Grant!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:29

      Nothing is confirmed, this is a hogwash story

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 13:06 Stoopid polack.

  • rassieaj.erasmus - 2012-10-03 08:12

    SARU / ANC - Same bloddy approach. No matter who are in the seats, they all f*#k it up! As long as they are sure of their monthly income!! They don't care a damn at who's cost and what consequences. Mark my words - towards the end of 2013 they will run around like mad dogs to try and "repair" what they f*#ked up in 2012.

      joneethling - 2012-10-03 19:50

      Agree. They appointed HM. Idiots.

  • pete.stoter - 2012-10-03 08:22

    and he woke up and his coffee was cold.

  • CJHoy - 2012-10-03 08:23

    so many sour stormers haters, its lame

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 08:46

      Not stomers haters, SARU haters, they are spoiling rugby, the game we all love so much, by stupid politics!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 22:42

      @Jaco. I must agree with you. The Lions have the best chance of bringing rugby to the black population and developing black rugby players. SARU should not have kicked them out. Between the Stormers and Lions SARU had the best chance of getting more non-white players in the Bok team. On that basis, they should have kicked out the Bulls. It's not as if they will achieve anything in Super rugby for the next 20-odd years anyway.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-03 08:24

    Some great players, as a sharks supporter JC Jansen van Rensburg would be top of my shopping list. Best loose head in the country.

  • sam.swanpoel - 2012-10-03 08:29

    SARU Whats there to say about that useless pack of sh@t!

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-10-03 08:35

    and all because of Cheaky Watsons bloody dreams of greatnes!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 08:48

      Wat nooit gaan gebeur nie!!! Hoop hulle word so verneder dat hulle nooit weer sal rugby speel nie!!!!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-10-03 11:45

      @Jaco, maak jou maar reg vir vele verskonings van kots se pa volgende jaar

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 22:44

      Nie verskonings nie. Net meer demands.

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 08:36

    This is so bloody unfair, CC Champs and table topping team currently, being forced to crack open their side, very unfair!!!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-03 08:39

      Lions have not featured in Super Rugby since 1997. That's a VERY long time for continuous non-performance. This is the final result of 16 years of utterly pathetic Super Rugby from the CATastrophes.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 08:57

      So do you agree with all this nonsens?

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-03 09:46

      CC is not what it used to be, water down big time they would be bottom 2 if the Boks were involved and would never of smelt the CC last season

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 10:03

      Don’t kid yourself Luke, the CC is still as important as always, the Lions won the CC against a full strength Sharks side last year? Remember? All the Springboks where back for the Sharks!!!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-10-03 11:47

      Lekker stront praat Luke, lees maar Jaco se comment, as jy dit gaan verstaan jou moroon

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 22:47

      Luke. Yes lets get the Currie Cup back to it's former glory. We should then cancel all Bok matches and don't allow touring teams into the country so that the Springboks play for their respective unions. Oops, we already tried that in the 80's and as far as I remember it didn't go down so well. You win the CC with the best team you can put on the field with the players available.

      wanderering.wanderer - 2012-10-04 07:43

      Ok Luke, then how come the EP kings do not even perform well in the Currie cup, but hey they will excel in Super rugby. Damn your sence of logic is amazing.

  • sean.tearnan - 2012-10-03 08:43

    What did the lions expect.....players want to play and test themselves against the best. It will be hard to remain competitive when all our players leave and be Sad for us loyal supporters

  • chazfury - 2012-10-03 08:44

    Another icon f***ked up by this government

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-03 08:45

      LOL!!!!! Are you blaming the ANC now for the Loser Lions?

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-03 09:48

      ja it's always someone else's fault, blame blame blame, politics... so glad the EC will have top class rugby again They have been missed

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-10-03 11:51

      Jip tel maar jou woorde kots want wie gaan julle blame volgende jaar?? Ek hoor al dukkis sê, ja ma ons is n nuwe span en dit vat tyd, ag my geliewe saru gee ons nog n kans ens ens....julle gaan darem records breek, krieket score tellings teen julle

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 22:50

      Luke, when did the EC have top class rugby? I can only remember when Border shared the CC in 1932 and 1934, but that is a looooooong time ago.

  • sean.schoombie.7 - 2012-10-03 08:48

    I am a big Province/Stormers fan but can't help but stare in disbelief at the situation SARU have created here. They have now singlehandedly managed to cockup two Unions (Lions & Kings more than they were). I really don't see where the Lions go from here. So much tradition gone to waste. The inclusion of new teams ie. Western force, Melbourne Rebels, Lions & Cheetahs should be more than sufficient evidence that new teams cannot compete at the Super Rugby level. You could give the Kings a five year period to stay in the comp without threat of relegation & I would be surprised if they end up any higher than the bottom of the log. I would be willing to bet that in the same time frame, little if any, "transformation" will occur at the Kings Union in terms of player numbers. This does not bode well for South African rugby in general but there is no surprise in how this situation has been dealt with. SARU have learnt from the best!

  • sandile.vanheerden - 2012-10-03 08:55

    What a pity! Gutted!!

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-03 08:56

    EP KINGS ON THE RISE!!!!! Lions julle het geweet die laaste span in Super Rugby gaan uitval .... nou kla julle? jou is julle top of the log in 'n Currie Cup waar selfs Griquas met hulle mickey mouse spelers die Sharks, Bulle en Lions wen ..... die standaard van die Currie Cup is swak as die 30+ Bokke nie deelneem nie .... dit is bewys in 2012 Super Rugby toe die Currie Cup champs laaste ge eindig het .... EP KINGS on the Riseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ... ohhhh its trueeeeeeeeeeeee

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-03 09:33

      Toemaar... eendag, net eendag, sal jou ook nog wakker word!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-10-03 11:53

      Jip hulle gaan rise, gaan rise na die grootse grap in rugby geskiedenis, ha ha...

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-10-03 16:05

      Yes you will rise. An hour after each game when you've been massacred!

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-10-03 16:06

      Crusaders will have you for breakfeast

      wanderering.wanderer - 2012-10-04 07:44

      And the EP had 120 years to win the Currie cup and not one win to their name, now rumour has it that Super rugby is at a higher level than the Currie cup. Now would the most logical step not be to first at least be competitive in the Currie cup proper and then play Super rugby? The Kings surely do have a right to play top rugby, but do not use the excuse of demanding their place at expence of the LIONS that the LIONS have not performed. The reasoning of growing the game is rightous at best but agree with me that if proper sporting facilities are built in the areas and proper coaching structures are put in place (without corruption and medling) then and then only will the game grow. I think that killing the game in one area for the benifit of another does not make for good administration.

      wanderering.wanderer - 2012-10-04 07:45

      Ok Dieter, then how come the EP kings do not even perform well in the Currie cup, but hey they will excel in Super rugby. Damn your sence of logic is amazing

  • Jack - 2012-10-03 08:59

    No the government never fkd it up your amateur era thinking administraters fkd it up.1.Turn away good investers for internal baggage -altmun allers.2.Underperform for to many years knowing full well nothings going to happen.\r\nWithout a superrugby franchise you cant attract the best players as proven with the exodus.Now the lions can feel how the other 10 unions have managed since 1996,Financially and player wise the lions will still be better off than the cavaliers,pumas etc.

  • moederstad.wp - 2012-10-03 09:09

    The only people to e blamed is SA Rugby for the stuff-up!! Now the Stomer/WP only need a coach, to manage and coach the players.

  • viva.lebok - 2012-10-03 09:12

    Jaco Tauter signing with the Stormers will not be good. he will sit behind JdJ and never get game time or will he derail Joe from the FB position.

      eden.vanderwiel - 2012-10-04 23:45

      Onthou net JDV het nie meer lank oor nie.. Die sharks se senters is nog jong manne

  • jjskosana - 2012-10-03 09:31

    the sharks is the team 4 u jaco, runing rugby, and the stormers are talent killers. . . jst l00k at , gerard vdn heeven and habana. h0pe its n0t gona hapend 2 elton jantjies

  • jjskosana - 2012-10-03 09:34

    Jaco taute dis leker ini haai tenk.

  • jeandre.esterhuizen.9 - 2012-10-03 09:36

    Maybe if they had qualified for the super 15 instead of just geting it then it would be fair to take them to the kings but no rugby player with pride would play for those clowns now

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-03 09:44

    Apparently all Kings opposition have agreed to give 10 BEE Bonus points start as part of transformation !

  • Flemstone - 2012-10-03 09:47

    Jantjies wont be first choice when Grant gets back from Japan. I think we're all forgetting how long the season is. In Europe they rotate players. Something that the Southern Hemisphere is slowly learning.

  • jimi.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-10-03 09:51

    Notice nobody signing for the Super Kings.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-10-03 09:53

    Dog Wie Pie is goed genoeg.... die beste.... en enigste..... So, Hoe verbeter jy die beste span... jy koop spelers van die swakste, ne?!!

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-03 10:11

      So jy wil he hulle moet sit en niks doen nie eerder? Colorado Avalanche, 11 years cupless and counting.

  • njabulo.jama.5 - 2012-10-03 09:54

    I wouldve liked to see the Kings being put into the CC firts before they're thrown in the deep-end.

  • riaan.ferreira.71 - 2012-10-03 10:03

    Micheal Rhodes is the big fish along with Taute. Rhodes has the Springbok look about him when he plays. Would be good to see him in action playing alongside Burger, Kolisi and Vermeulen.

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-10-03 10:04

    This is a big disgrace to SA rugby and I blame SARU for it. Its going to have a negative impact to SA rugby. EP kings is going to get such a hiding in super rugby it is going to be a disgrace. So Iam going to withdraw me from SA rugby supporter, due to poor decisions from SARU. Good luck

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-10-03 10:08

    pat is the only option and a possible Rhodes . why get elton when we could have given dimitri better contract and rather have grant sit out?the young guys do the hard work and gain valuable experience in cc and actually are out performing the stars at present but get dropped when Japan and boks return! i don't blame young players leaving to earn money cause they won't get a s15 start.

  • JOHNY63 - 2012-10-03 10:13

    Middle finger to SARU and Southern King!!!

  • walter.freitas.37 - 2012-10-03 10:20

    For all the comments below about the Lions not performing in Currie Cup and Super Rugby, remember we lost plenty players as soon as they had one good season and had to rebuild all over beginning of every season. Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Louis Ludik, Ernst Joubert, Willem Alberts,Jano Vermaak just to name a few all got tighed up by other provinces thats why they (other teams) are now shining. The reason for the Lions being CC champs was coz they started playing together with the same team for 2 seasons without anyone buying their players and for the record they thrashed WP and the Sharks with ALL their Springboks in the semis and finals last season's Currie Cup. Another record, they beat the Sharks in Super Rugby this season and last season again and again with their Springboks. Wake up people, lets not forget what is happening to SA Rugby here.

      adriaan.albertyn - 2012-10-03 10:48

      I am a stormers supporter,bit it's really sad what's happening to the lions now.I know the stormers are going to benefit alot but the manner in which they and the other teams do doesn't feel right.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-10-03 10:25

    Me thinks this is not worth commenting on, SARU once again has made a huge error in dealing with this issue, this will have serious negative affects on so many levels, the brainless factions in and amongt SARU will live te regret......

  • hans.naude1 - 2012-10-03 10:52


      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 11:07

      Ouch, my ears are hurting!

  • shaun.mcdonald.7311 - 2012-10-03 11:20

    jantjies will become the next ac's january,conrad jantjies and earl rose dissappear. SARU please tell the rugby nation y r we the only playing country to regulate a top team (lions) for a team that was beaten badly by the cc A sides. also y allow a lower team to make sa rugby a laughing stock in world rugby. SARU did NZ and AUS drop their bottom teams.I hope lions management get it rite to have the top14 french sides to play here and f*** the others.

  • shaun.mcdonald.7311 - 2012-10-03 11:41

    SARU asb se vir ons rugby nasie wat gaan gebeer wanna die blou bulle laste eindig. moet of gaan hule regulation/promotion teen kings speel en indien kings wen gaan die bulle in die 2014 seisoen van die super 15 speel. indien die kings verloor en die leeus die 2012 cc wen vir 2 jaar in a ry regverdig wees dat hule uit die 2013 super 15 wees.

  • rassie.venter.5 - 2012-10-03 15:56

    Why would SARU step in as they are the main instigator in this whole SAGA SUPPORTED by Western Province who had their eyes on the Lions players as they can not win a cup with their own

  • rassie.venter.5 - 2012-10-03 16:04

    I am positive that many of the Lions fans will now not support any SARU organised games be it Springboks or Super 15, Kevin de Klerk forgot to mention the longest knife stabed in their backs...... by SARU.... The wheel is turning

      gerhardus.windpomp - 2012-10-03 17:09

      True. The rest of the SA teams benefit from the Lions woes and the Spears import players. Ridiculous.

  • charl.toit - 2012-10-03 19:00

    Every player has the right to say where they want to play SARU cannot say where they must go. That is manipilation.

  • ForeverWP - 2012-10-04 07:50

    I don't think the Lions will fall away. They have produced really good players recently and when the Southern Kings have to play them in prom/releg match next year (and they will end motherlessly last) the Lions loan players will return and demolish them and that will be that for the Southern Kings as they will never get back in. I am a Stormers supporter and we need talented players. After all our injuries we had to pull in club players and inexperience. Super 15 is a tough competition you need 30 top players not 15 to survive.

  • ForeverWP - 2012-10-04 07:55

    ...and why all the bitching and moaning at the Stormers. We got Elton only on loan so he goes back for them in the following S15. Michael Rhodes and Pat Cilliers are no superstars and Jaco Taute is top class but has not even decided and will probably also be on loan. So the superstars will return to the Lions and they would have had top game time. Once they klap the S Kings they will be back. Plus lets face it the Lions have been the bottom team in S15 for the last how many years??

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