• Andries Coetzee
    15

    DOB

    1 March 1990

    Height (M)

    1.82

    Weight (KG)

    90

    Coetzee was schooled at HTS Middelburg and has been contracted to Lions Rugby since 2011. He shone from a young age and made the step up from U21 level in 2011 to Senior level in 2012 with ease.

    Coetzee is known for his flexibility as a utility back and, while he has a small build, he possesses substantial pace and strength. He is an elusive and unpredictable player.

    When Coetzee is not playing rugby he enjoys beach holidays. He is also one of the fan favorites in the team because he is always friendly and remains down to earth.

    Utility Back
    Back
  • Anthony Volmink
    11

    DOB

    10 February 1990

    Height (M)

    1.82

    Weight (KG)

    100

    Volmink broke a South African record for the most tries in a first-class match as he ran in nine tries during a match against the Limpopo Blue Bulls in 2003. He has earned his nick-name, “jet shoes” because of his lightning pace. Volmink can run an average of 100m in just under 10.4 seconds.

    Attending school in Bredasdorp, Volmink participated in athletics as well as rugby. In 2011 he played Varsity Shield rugby for the University of the Western Cape before joining the Golden Lions at Senior level.

    Volmink prides himself on his friendliness and he is an individual who always perseveres. With a loyal nature and close relationship with his family, Volmink is as down to earth as they come!

    Wing
    Back
  • Courtnall Skosan
    14

    DOB

    24 July 1991

    Height (M)

    1.83

    Weight (KG)

    92

    Skosan started his rugby career with the Blue Bulls juniors and earned a call-up to the South Africa U20 team for the 2011 Junior World Championship. He has also played Varsity Cup and shone while playing for the University of Pretoria (Tuks).

    Skosan is quite the fitness fanatic and spends some free time training at the gym. As a result of his fitness he has one of the lowest body fat percentages in the squad.

    But Skosan is not all rugby and fitness; he is a social person too. He tries to visit his family in Cape Town as often as he can. Skosan is also completing business short courses.

    Wing
    Back
  • Cyle Brink
    6

    DOB

    16 January 1994

    Height (M)

    1.90

    Weight (KG)

    118

    Brink joined the Golden Lions U19 in 2013 after completing matric and representing the 1st XV at King Edward School (KES) in Johannesburg.

    Brink worked his way up the Golden Lions Junior ranks with ease. He was one of the stand-out performers at the 2014 Junior World Championships in New Zealand, where he represented the Baby Boks.

    He is a strong and aggressive ball carrier at blindside flank but he is equally adept at filling the number four lock berth. Brink is a friendly character who always tries to adapt quickly to new situations.

    Loose Forward
    Forward
  • Fabian Booysen
    18

    DOB

    21 February 1992

    Height (M)

    1.90

    Weight (KG)

    106

    Fabian Booysen attended Florida High and has been involved with the Lions Rugby structures since school days.

    He played U16 Grant Khomo and U18 Craven Week rugby for the Golden Lions.

    He then went on to represent the Union at U19 and U21 level.

    Booysen was selected for the IRB Junior World Championship Springbok side in 2012.

    He has played Varsity Cup rugby for the University of Johannesburg.

    He is a talented youngster to watch in the future!

     

    Eighthman
    Forward
  • Franco Mostert
    5

    DOB

    27 November 1990

    Height (M)

    1.98

    Weight (KG)

    112

    Mostert made his Lions Rugby debut in 2014 during the Super Rugby competition. Previously he played for the University of Pretoria (Tuks) and had a stint with the Blue Bulls at junior level.

    Mostert has worked his way up the rugby ranks and in 2015 his talents caught the eye of national selectors as he was called up to the Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

    Lock
    Forward
  • Howard Mnisi
    12

    DOB

    13 July 1989

    Height (M)

    1.83

    Weight (KG)

    98

    Mnisi broke onto the rugby scene through the Varsity Cup competition. This was where he began to developed name for himself while playing for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Madibaz. He was voted the “Back that Rocks” for the tournament in 2013. Mnisi then moved for a stint at the Griquas at Senior level before linking up with the Golden Lions.

    Mnisi attended Standerton High School and played his youth rugby for the Pumas during 2006 and 2007. 

    Many pundits have compared Mnisi’s style of play to that of Sonny Bill Williams so he is certainly a player to watch! He has done exceptionally well for the Emirates Lions in the Super Rugby tournament.

    Mnisi has a calm nature and mature personality. He is also very good friends with fellow teammate, MB Lusaseni.

    Center
    Back
  • Jaco Kriel
    6

    DOB

    21 August 1989

    Height (M)

    1.84

    Weight (KG)

    100

    Kriel is one of the most respected members of the Golden Lions squad, due to his high work rate and his determination.

    Kriel never needs to be asked twice to put in extra hours to improve. He is known for his physicality and is excellent at getting the ball over the advantage line and making dicey breaks when necessary.

    Kriel won the Forward of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year awards at the 2014 Golden Lions Rugby Union Awards evening. He was included in the 2014 Springbok squad which toured the Northern Hemisphere.

    There is more to Kriel than just rugby, however. He also enjoys doing charity work during his off time and also looks forward to taking time to go on holidays with his loved ones in order to relax.

    Flank
    Captain
  • Jaco van der Walt
    20

    DOB

    1 February 1994

    Height (M)

    1.82

    Weight (KG)

    88

    Born in Johannesburg, this local up and coming star has spent his entire career with Lions Rugby.

    Van der Walt went to school at Monnas, a local rugby powerhouse and has been a loyal player for the Golden Lions as he originally joined at U13 level.

    Van der Walt made the step up from U21 level to Senior level during the 2014 Currie Cup competition. He has also played Varsity Cup for the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

    Rugby runs in the family as Van der Walt’s younger brother, Gerdus, is also involved in the Golden Lions junior teams. Van der Walt has also been friends with Kwagga Smith and Harold Vorster since they first linked up with Lions Rugby together.

    Utility Back
    Back
  • Jacques van Rooyen
    1

    DOB

    24 October 1986

    Height (M)

    1.86

    Weight (KG)

    122

    Excelling at the Pretoria Police Rugby Club and participating at the first ever Community Cup tournament with this club side, Van Rooyen is one of few local players to have played amateur rugby and made the step up directly into the professional game.

    He joined Lions Rugby in 2014 and has played two seasons of Super Rugby thus far.

    Van Rooyen also played Varsity Cup rugby and became one of the ‘veterans’ of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) side between 2008 and 2011. He is a solid scrummager with brute strength.

    Van Rooyen is a very soft-spoken and relaxed person. He may be fiery on the field but he brings an element of calm to the team room.

    Prop
    Forward
  • Julian Redelinghuys
    3

    DOB

    11 September 1989

    Height (M)

    1.76

    Weight (KG)

    113

    Redelinghuys impressed national selectors and earned a spot on the 2014 Springbok tour to the Northern Hemisphere. He also made his Springbok debut against Italy on the same tour.

    Redelinghuys is a solid scrummager with a good work-rate.

    He has an Accounting Degree and has started to work part-time to gain business experience. But rugby and work aside, this outgoing man enjoys hunting, fishing and golf.

    2014 was a big year not only professionally but personally as he got married to his long-time partner, Sumari.

    Prop
    Forward
  • Lourens Erasmus
    4

    DOB

    14 June 1993

    Height (M)

    2.03

    Weight (KG)

    117

    Lourens is one of the young stars in the Lions senior team, making his debut in Currie Cup late in 2015. He carrie the nickname Makou and made his mark in rugby for UJ in the Varsity Cup. He was also part of the Under Baby Boks training camp in 2014

    Lock
    Forward
  • Marnitz Boshoff
    10

    DOB

    11 January 1989

    Height (M)

    1.78

    Weight (KG)

    86

    Boshoff joined Lions Rugby in 2013 coming from the Griquas.

    He went on to be the highest point’s scorer in the 2013 Currie Cup tournament which earned him the well-deserved reputation as one of the most reliable goal kickers in the country. He also had a stellar 2014 Super Rugby campaign with the Lions.

    In 2014, Boshoff made his Springbok debut.

    Boshoff was selected to represent the Barbarians for their matches in England.

    When Boshoff is not on the field he enjoys spending quality time with his family as they are a close-knit group.

     

    Utility Back
    Back
  • Marx Malcolm
    16

    DOB

    13 July 1994

    Height (M)

    1.89

    Weight (KG)

    114

    Marx was called up to the Senior squad after spending some time with the U19 and U21 Golden Lions teams.

    Competing his Matric at the King Edward School in Johannesburg, Marx has remained good friends with his school mates who are also current players; Cyle Brink, Dylan Smith. This group can often be spotted training together.

    Marx was named 2013 Golden Lions Rugby Union U19 Forward Player of the Year.

    Marx may come across as gentle off the field, but he is a fearsome scrummager and is well-known for his brilliant ball-carrying skills.

    He has made the step-up to Senior rugby with ease and has played in both the Currie Cup and Super Rugby tournaments.

     

    Hooker
    Forward
  • Robbie Coetzee
    2

    DOB

    2 May 1989

    Height (M)

    1.87

    Weight (KG)

    111

    Coetzee joined the Golden Lions in 2013 coming from the Blue Bulls. He gained a great deal of experience, starting out at the Free State at U19 level. Coetzee has also played Varsity Cup for University of Pretoria (TUKS).

    In November 2014 Coetzee was selected to tour with the Springboks for their Northern Hemisphere tour.

    With an eye for fashion, Coetzee can often be seen attending social events. He also keeps up with trends and in involved with a fashion design company. Coetzee also invests his time into various charities.

    Hooker
    Forward
  • Ross Cronje
    9

    DOB

    26 July 1989

    Height (M)

    180

    Weight (KG)

    85

    Cronjé will join the squad as a replacement for Rudy Paige, who suffered an ankle injury in training earlier this week, ruling him out of action for four weeks.

    Vermaak had been part of the squad for the first three November Tests, but had to return to France this week as the Test against Wales falls outside of the official Test window. Despite requests from Saru for his services, he will turn out for Toulouse in the Top 14 this weekend.

    For Cronjé it's his first involvement with the senior squad, having been part of the Junior Boks squad at the 2009 Junior World Championship.

    Scrum-half
    Forward
  • Ruan Dreyer
    17

    DOB

    16 September 1990

    Height (M)

    1.86

    Weight (KG)

    112

    This silent assassin joined the Golden Lions in 2010 at the age of 19. Dreyer has represented South Africa in the 2010 Junior World Championship competition. He has a great deal of experience when taking his age into consideration.

    Dreyer was called up to the Springbok- year-end tour squad for their trip to the Northern Hemisphere.

    Dreyer may be a quiet and reserved individual but when his boots touch grass he shocks his opponents with his strength and defensive abilities. His is an outstanding scrummager.

    Prop
    Forward
  • Sampie Mastriet
    22

    DOB

    3 August 1990

    Height (M)

    1.78

    Weight (KG)

    92

    Mastriet has played for the U20 South African team and the Blue Bulls where he played U19 and U21, eventually joining the Golden Lions in 2014.

    Mastriet’s Rugby history dates back to his school days where he participated in the U16 Grant Khomo Week and the U18 Craven Week representing Boland in his early career. He attended HTS Drostdy in the Cape. Mastriet has shown his blinding pace and a quick step within his stints in the Sevens game.

    Mastriet may seem very relaxed as a person, but put him on the rugby field and his inner Lion comes out!

    Wing
    Back
  • Stephan de Wit
    19

    DOB

    1 January 1992

    Height (M)

    1.84

    Weight (KG)

    103

    De Wit joined the Lions Rugby family after school where he played U19 and U21 rugby over three seasons. His Senior experience started when representing the Vodacom Cup side.

    De Wit attended the Transvalia High School and represented the Falcons at school level. He also has a great deal of physicality and pace.

    Watching De Wit on the rugby field, turning on the heat and placing the opposition under pressure, it is hard to believe that he is actually quite shy!

    Off the field he enjoys the outdoors with his loved ones as they have a close bond.

    Loose Forward
    Forward
  • Stokkies Hanekom
    21

    DOB

    17 May 1989

    Height (M)

    1.93

    Weight (KG)

    96

    Nicolaas ‘Stokkies’ Hanekom was born in the Western Cape and spent a great deal of time honing his rugby talents at junior level in that area.

    Hanekom was schooled at Paarl Gimnasium and went on to be selected for the Western Province U19 squad straight out of school. He represented South Africa at the Junior World Championships in 2009. Hanekom also played Varsity Cup rugby for the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) before linking up with the SWD Eagles to play First Division rugby.

    On his days off Hanekom can be spotted on the golf course.

    Utility Back
    Back
  • Warren Whiteley
    8

    DOB

    18 September 1987

    Height (M)

    1.90

    Weight (KG)

    105

    Whiteley was able to make his Springbok Test debut and also continued to represent the Springbok Sevens during 2014.

    Whiteley was a member of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Blitzbokke side, who went on to secure a gold medal.

    As a result of his performances, work ethic and brilliant leadership skills, Whiteley is highly respected and praised by his teammates. Additionally, Whiteley was named the 2014 Golden Lions Rugby Union Player of the Year.

    2015 has not gotten off to a bad start for Whiteley either; he recently became a father for the first time as daughter, Ava, arrived in early January.

    He is currently a member of the Springbok squad after excelling once again during this year’s Super Rugby competition.

    Eighthman
    Forward

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