Doppies quits Lions for Italy

2012-05-08 13:19

Johannesburg - Lions centre Doppies La Grange has signed a two-year contract with Benetton Treviso in Italy.

La Grange will be leaving the Lions on June 30, 2012 to take up his new contract.

La Grange, who was named vice-captain of the Lions this Super Rugby season, has seen his playing time curtailed by injury.

The Lions, currently on tour in Australasia, take on the Blues in Auckland on Friday. Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.




15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Franco Van der Merwe, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ Van der Linde, 18 Cobus Grobbelaar, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Ruan Combrinck, 22 James Kamana


  • Nico - 2012-05-08 13:37

    Big loss for the Lions, very underrated player! Good luck Doppies!!

  • Reinhard - 2012-05-08 13:47

    Neeeeeeeeeeee Doppies! Daar gaan nog 1 van my favourite spelers..... Maar sterkte en ek wens jou al jou geluk toe.

  • Rohann - 2012-05-08 13:53

    Ai, I really feel for the Lions. They will bounce back eventually. Goodluck Doppies!

  • Acta - 2012-05-08 14:01

    Good luck Doppies!

  • grantcg - 2012-05-08 14:01

    This man was the best inside centre in SA at times, never taking a backward step against the best in the world. A true servant to lions rugby and will be a massive loss to them in the coming seasons. Good luck Doppies!

  • bezvalley - 2012-05-08 14:18

    The Saru/Kings promise means the Lions as lowest placed SA team, are prime candidates to be replaced in Super Rugby. Union faces uncertainty, and the loss of players will continue.

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-05-08 14:19

    Sterkte Doppies, Die Leeus gaan jou mis

  • Bennie - 2012-05-08 14:43

    And so my Lions disintegrate! If this union loses his Superugby status and SARU allows the Kings to participate in place of the Lions, I will no longer support SA Rugby and Springbok rugby. Sad times ahead!

  • Theunis - 2012-05-08 15:40

    Hier begin die groot uittog uit Lions na ander lande en Prifinsies - Dankie Doppies maar Lions speel nie S 15 volgende jaar nie

  • Mark - 2012-05-08 15:40

    Good luck Doppies, gonna miss an honest hardworking centre.

  • Clinton Mac - 2012-05-08 15:59

    The article does not mention the 10 years of loyal service by Doppies to the Lions union, I wish you all the very best in Italy Doppies and we hope that we can see your class shine up north. Mac

  • marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-08 21:05

    Farewell Doppies and good luck. You were and great servant to you province. Had you moved to another province, who knowes maybe you would have been a Springbok.

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