Lions name contracted list

    2014-07-15 17:39
    Johannesburg - The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) has announced its new contracted player list for the 2015 season.

    While financial constraints remain a challenge for the Lions, retaining talent remains their main priority. This is not unheard of as all South African unions have suffered financial constraints and must content with increasing pressure from the lucrative European and Japanese markets.

    With the GLRU not yet covered by a title sponsor, the union has secured the input of several valuable partners to assist in the procurement process. Through building stronger relationships with stakeholders, the Lions put on a record-breaking Super Rugby showing, after the franchise’s return to top flight competition in 2014.

    They finished the Super Rugby season in 12th spot, but surprised many pundits with their seven victories, capped by a 60-25 thrashing of the Cheetahs last weekend.

    An established buy-in value system from coaching staff, players and management has seen the Lions secure the services of both top-class experienced and up-and-coming players


    Via their official website, the Lions unveiled the following contracted players for the 2015 season:

    Marnitz Boshoff
    Fabian Booysen
    Andries Coetzee   
    Robbie Coetzee
    Ruan Combrink
    Ross Cronje
    Ruan Dreyer
    JP du Plessis
    Stokkies Hanekom
    Deon Helberg
    Alwyn Hollenbach
    Elton Jantjies
    Jaco Kriel
    Ruaan Lerm
    MB Lusaseni
    Lionel Mapoe
    Derek Minnie
    Franco Mostert
    Tyson Mulamba
    Martin Muller
    Mark Pretorius
    Julian Redelinghuys
    Ricky Schroeder
    Courtnall Skosan
    Warwick Tecklenburg
    Schalk van der Merwe
    Schalk van Heerden (new signing)
    Jacques van Rooyen
    Armand van der Merwe (new signing)
    Anthony Volmink
    Willie Wepener
    Warren Whitely
    Vainon Willis

    *All current Under-21 players and the players from other unions are not all included in this list due to on-going negotiations.

    The following SA Under-20 players will also remain part of the Golden Lions:

    Malcolm Marx
    Cyle Brink
    Victor Sekekete
    Thabo Mabuza
    Ramone Samuels


    The Lions also secured and recruited top junior players for 2015.

    Players from the GLRU region:

    Juan Lemmer (Eighthman - HS Monument - Lions Cravenweek 2014)
    Gavin Delport (Flanker - HS Monument - Lions Cravenweek 2014 Captain)
    Vean Roodt (Hooker - HS Monument - Blue Bulls Cravenweek 2013) (U/20 in 2015)
    Tshepo Thulo (Centre - Jeppe Boys High - Lions Cravenweek 2013 and 2014

    The GLRU is currently in negotiations with and will look to sign the following junior players from outside the GLRU region:

    Sarel Smit (Prop - HS Eldoraigne - Bulls Craven Week 2014)
    Marco van Vuuren (Scrumhalf - SA Schools 2013 - Falcons Craven Week 2014; SA Schools Sevens 2014)
    Le Roux Roets (Lock - HS Garsfontein) (U/20 in 2015)
    Ruan Ackermann (Flanker - HS Garsfontein) (U/20 in 2015)
    Le Roux Baard (Hooker - HS Outeniqua - SWD Craven Week Captain 2013 and 2014)
    Anton Smith (Lock - HS Outeniqua - SWD Craven Week 2013 and 2014)
    Kenny van Niekerk (Prop - Glenwood High - Craven Week Sharks 2014)
    Driaan Bester (Lock/flanker - HTS Middelburg - Craven Week Pumas 2014)
    Koos Tredoux (Prop - Glenwood High - Craven Week Sharks 2013 & 2014)
    Hendrik Mulder (Flyhalf - HS Centurion - Academy Week - Bulls 2014)
    Jo-Hanko de Villiers (Eighthman - HS Eldoraigne - Bulls U/19 – 2014)
    Wynand Botha (Scrumhalf - HS Eldoraigne - 2014)
    Basil Polydorou (Hooker - HS Waterkloof - 2014)
    Martin van Wyk (Fullback - HS EG Jansen - 2014 - Craven Week Falcons 2014)

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