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Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers cancelled

“While the cancellation is unfortunate, their approach ensures that the risk of cancellation of their match against the British & Irish Lions in the Castle Lager Lions Series on 3 July is well managed.”

11th Jun 2021

Team News

Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers cancelled
Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers cancelled

Sharks muscle past Lions

The Lions’ first try, in the tenth minute by Andre Warner, saw the scrumhalf take a quick tap and go when he saw the gap and went for it. And it was just reward for the men in red who camped out on the Sharks goal line from the outset of the game.

5th Jun 2021

Team News

Sharks muscle past Lions
Sharks muscle past Lions

Consistency key after bye

Going into their third home game in this competition, the Lions will take inspiration from their last performance on home soil. A look at the stats from the tournament highlight two Lions players who have had sterling performances. EW Viljoen is second on the list with his 43 carries, just one behind the 44 of Damian Willemse, while MJ Pelser, together with Lukhanyo Am are the turn-over kings with their four each.

3rd Jun 2021

Team News

Consistency key after bye
Consistency key after bye

Leadership Within the Team

As players, we challenge one another to get better, and I can learn a lot from all the players in our team. Team always first.

2nd Jun 2021

Team News

Leadership Within the Team
Leadership Within the Team

Italy to Host Historic ‘North v South’ Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Final in Treviso

Treviso’s Stadio di Monigo will play host to the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup ‘North v South’ Final on June 19 thanks to the support of the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR) and the Italian government. 

27th May 2021

Team News

Italy to Host Historic ‘North v South’ Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Final in Treviso
Italy to Host Historic ‘North v South’ Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Final in Treviso

Lions snubbed at the death

The Lions were good at converting their opportunities into points. This started in the 12th minute when Wandisile Simelane read the situation and snapped up a loose ball on the Stormers goal-line to score the first of five tries. 

15th May 2021

Team News

Lions snubbed at the death
Lions snubbed at the death

First home game for Lions

The Emirates Lions continue to work hard to achieve consistency as they head into their first home-game of the Rainbow Cup SA against the DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

13th May 2021

Team News

First home game for Lions
First home game for Lions

Four tries not enough

Vincent Tshituka again showed his class as he went over with seconds remaining in the Rainbow Cup SA match against the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday for the Emirates Lions’ bonus point try in their 26-34 loss.

8th May 2021

Team News

Four tries not enough
Four tries not enough

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks

The Emirates Lions team to face the Cell C Sharks in Durban at Jonsson Kings Park (16:00) on Saturday show four changes for their second Rainbow Cup SA encounter.

6th May 2021

Team News

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks
Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks

Slow start to Rainbow Cup SA for Lions

The Emirates Lions had a disappointing start to their Rainbow Cup SA campaign as they went down 22-9 to the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

1st May 2021

Team News

Slow start to Rainbow Cup SA for Lions
Slow start to Rainbow Cup SA for Lions

Lions ready to take the next step

The Lions are known for backing their youngsters that have continuously come through their ranks and Ivan Van Rooyen clearly did not waver from this viewpoint.

18th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions ready to take the next step
Lions ready to take the next step

Lions Rugby Co Announcement: Elton Jantjies

The Lions Rugby Company has released Elton Jantjies for an opportunity as medical joker with French club Pau

13th Apr 2021

Team News

Lions Rugby Co Announcement: Elton Jantjies
Lions Rugby Co Announcement: Elton Jantjies

Lions opt for experience

The Lions have given all their players an opportunity during these preparation games and by next week everyone returning to action should also get a run.

22nd Apr 2021

Team News

Lions opt for experience
Lions opt for experience

Lions Injury Update

The Lions Rugby Company had 70 players and staff tested for Covid-19 on Monday 15 March and all have been cleared with negatives results.

16th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions Injury Update
Lions Injury Update

Prop Smith bids Lions farewell

The Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd. and Dylan Smith have agreed to a mutual separation with immediate effect.

15th Mar 2021

Team News

Prop Smith bids Lions farewell
Prop Smith bids Lions farewell

Leading comes easy for Nothies

Reinhard Nothnagel has extended his contract with the Lions Rugby Company for another three years and have captained the Lions in their first two preparation games.

12th Mar 2021

Team News

Leading comes easy for Nothies
Leading comes easy for Nothies

Lions win hard fought battle

The Lions managed to secure a 54-24 win against the EP Elephants in what must go down as one of the most error ridden, stoppage filled matches in a long time.

10th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions win hard fought battle
Lions win hard fought battle

Young Lions talent on show in PE

The Lions team that travels to Eastern Province will give another host of young players the opportunity to showcase their talents when they face the EP Elephants on Wednesday afternoon.

8th Mar 2021

Team News

Young Lions talent on show in PE
Young Lions talent on show in PE

Origin of Jukskei leads Ellis Park bottled water

The story of how a rugby stadium started bottling natural spring water is worth telling.

5th Mar 2021

Team News

Origin of Jukskei leads Ellis Park bottled water
Origin of Jukskei leads Ellis Park bottled water

Former Lion in biggest challenge ever

Former Lions lock Martin Muller and three of his teammates at the Valley RFC in Hong Kong will take part in the worlds toughest rowing race, the Atlantic Challenge, later in the year.

3rd Mar 2021

Team News

Former Lion in biggest challenge ever
Former Lion in biggest challenge ever

The 2021 Women’s World Cup Postponed

World Rugby has announced that the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand is set to be postponed until next year due to ‘the uncertain and challenging global Covid-19 landscape’.

3rd Mar 2021

Team News

The 2021 Women’s World Cup Postponed
The 2021 Women’s World Cup Postponed

True grit by young Lions side

A young Lions side showed true mettle in their 32-28 victory over the New Nation Pumas at Emirates Airline Park on a chilly Friday evening.

26th Feb 2021

Team News

True grit by young Lions side
True grit by young Lions side

Nothnagel to lead against Pumas

Coach Mziwakhe Nkosi will lead the Lions team for the preparation matches and will be assisted by Wessel Roux.

23rd Feb 2021

Team News

Nothnagel to lead against Pumas
Nothnagel to lead against Pumas

Tried and tested for semi

Swanepoel's inclusion at fullback, in place of the injured EW Viljoen, is one of only two changes to the side that grabbed a come-from-behind win over Tafel Lager Griquas last weekend, with his short cameo off the bench in Kimberley enough proof to Xerox Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen to hand him a first start in South Africa's oldest competition.

26th Feb 2021

Team News

Tried and tested for semi
Tried and tested for semi

Tiaan, Willem top stats log for Lions

Swanepoel’s inclusion at fullback, in place of the injured EW Viljoen, is one of only two changes to the side that grabbed a come-from-behind win over Tafel Lager Griquas last weekend, with his short cameo off the bench in Kimberley enough proof to Xerox Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen to hand him a first start in South Africa’s oldest competition.

26th Feb 2021

Team News

Tiaan, Willem top stats log for Lions
Tiaan, Willem top stats log for Lions

Lions Women kick-off against the Bulls

The Mastercard Golden Lions will kick-off their First Division tournament when they take on the Limpopo Blue Bulls on Saturday in Polokwane.

11th Jun 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Lions Women kick-off against the Bulls
Lions Women kick-off against the Bulls

Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers cancelled

“While the cancellation is unfortunate, their approach ensures that the risk of cancellation of their match against the British & Irish Lions in the Castle Lager Lions Series on 3 July is well managed.”

11th Jun 2021

Team News

Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers cancelled
Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers cancelled

Sharks muscle past Lions

The Lions’ first try, in the tenth minute by Andre Warner, saw the scrumhalf take a quick tap and go when he saw the gap and went for it. And it was just reward for the men in red who camped out on the Sharks goal line from the outset of the game.

5th Jun 2021

Team News

Sharks muscle past Lions
Sharks muscle past Lions

Consistency key after bye

Going into their third home game in this competition, the Lions will take inspiration from their last performance on home soil. A look at the stats from the tournament highlight two Lions players who have had sterling performances. EW Viljoen is second on the list with his 43 carries, just one behind the 44 of Damian Willemse, while MJ Pelser, together with Lukhanyo Am are the turn-over kings with their four each.

3rd Jun 2021

Team News

Consistency key after bye
Consistency key after bye

Leadership Within the Team

As players, we challenge one another to get better, and I can learn a lot from all the players in our team. Team always first.

2nd Jun 2021

Team News

Leadership Within the Team
Leadership Within the Team

Former Lion JP’s bro to officiate VC final

Morné Ferreira has been appointed as the referee for the final of the Varsity Cup that takes place later today.

31st May 2021

Uncategorised

Former Lion JP’s bro to officiate VC final
Former Lion JP’s bro to officiate VC final

Italy to Host Historic ‘North v South’ Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Final in Treviso

Treviso’s Stadio di Monigo will play host to the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup ‘North v South’ Final on June 19 thanks to the support of the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR) and the Italian government. 

27th May 2021

Team News

Italy to Host Historic ‘North v South’ Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Final in Treviso
Italy to Host Historic ‘North v South’ Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Final in Treviso

Big win for Lions

The Lion’s front-row again reigned supreme and controlled most of the battles upfront and in the loose.  This set up the platform from which their four tries were scored.

22nd May 2021

Uncategorised

Big win for Lions
Big win for Lions

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls

“Consistency is the main thing for us; consistency in training, consistency in attitude and consistency in team selection. We are facing the team at the top of the log and it will be tough. We have a lot of respect for the Bulls,” said Van Rooyen.

21st May 2021

Uncategorised

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls
Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls

Matchday Gallery: Emirates Lions vs DHL Stormers

Rainbow Cup Round 3: Emirates Lions vs DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park.
View the gallery.

19th May 2021

Gallery

Matchday Gallery: Emirates Lions vs DHL Stormers
Matchday Gallery: Emirates Lions vs DHL Stormers

Matchday Gallery: Cell C Sharks vs Emirates Lions

Rainbow Cup Round 2: Cell C Sharks vs Emirates Lions at JONSSON KINGS PARK.
View the gallery.

19th May 2021

Gallery

Matchday Gallery: Cell C Sharks vs Emirates Lions
Matchday Gallery: Cell C Sharks vs Emirates Lions

Matchday Gallery: Bulls vs Lions

Rainbow Cup Round 1: Bulls vs Lions at Loftus Versfeld.
View the gallery.

16th May 2021

Gallery

Matchday Gallery: Bulls vs Lions
Matchday Gallery: Bulls vs Lions

Lions Members Update

As all other Franchises in South Africa, we are unable to refund all 2020 Lions Memberships. With that being said, we are not ignoring the issue nor expecting you to shoulder the loss on your own. We are working tirelessly with industry partners and the government to keep rugby afloat, create new opportunities and hopefully gain approval for a phased approach to spectator attendance at stadia and events in South Africa.

18th May 2021

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Lions Members Update
Lions Members Update

Lions snubbed at the death

The Lions were good at converting their opportunities into points. This started in the 12th minute when Wandisile Simelane read the situation and snapped up a loose ball on the Stormers goal-line to score the first of five tries. 

15th May 2021

Team News

Lions snubbed at the death
Lions snubbed at the death

All you need to know – Castle Lager Lions Series ticket holders

Refunds to ticket holders will be made automatically. Ticket holders will have first right to buy tickets for the revised schedule if the South African Government announces the lifting of restrictions in sufficient time to deliver the necessary safety protocols.

14th May 2021

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All you need to know – Castle Lager Lions Series ticket holders
All you need to know – Castle Lager Lions Series ticket holders

Revised Castle Lager Lions Series schedule confirmed

The Castle Lager Lions Series will now kick off in Gauteng (rather than Cape Town) with three matches against provincial opposition before moving to Cape Town for two more warm-up matches before the first Test at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday 24 July.

14th May 2021

Uncategorised

Revised Castle Lager Lions Series schedule confirmed
Revised Castle Lager Lions Series schedule confirmed

First home game for Lions

The Emirates Lions continue to work hard to achieve consistency as they head into their first home-game of the Rainbow Cup SA against the DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

13th May 2021

Team News

First home game for Lions
First home game for Lions

Four tries not enough

Vincent Tshituka again showed his class as he went over with seconds remaining in the Rainbow Cup SA match against the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday for the Emirates Lions’ bonus point try in their 26-34 loss.

8th May 2021

Team News

Four tries not enough
Four tries not enough

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks

The Emirates Lions team to face the Cell C Sharks in Durban at Jonsson Kings Park (16:00) on Saturday show four changes for their second Rainbow Cup SA encounter.

6th May 2021

Team News

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks
Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks

Slow start to Rainbow Cup SA for Lions

The Emirates Lions had a disappointing start to their Rainbow Cup SA campaign as they went down 22-9 to the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

1st May 2021

Team News

Slow start to Rainbow Cup SA for Lions
Slow start to Rainbow Cup SA for Lions

Lions ready to take the next step

The Lions are known for backing their youngsters that have continuously come through their ranks and Ivan Van Rooyen clearly did not waver from this viewpoint.

18th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions ready to take the next step
Lions ready to take the next step

Lions Rugby Co Announcement: Elton Jantjies

The Lions Rugby Company has released Elton Jantjies for an opportunity as medical joker with French club Pau

13th Apr 2021

Team News

Lions Rugby Co Announcement: Elton Jantjies
Lions Rugby Co Announcement: Elton Jantjies

Lions opt for experience

The Lions have given all their players an opportunity during these preparation games and by next week everyone returning to action should also get a run.

22nd Apr 2021

Team News

Lions opt for experience
Lions opt for experience

Lions Injury Update

The Lions Rugby Company had 70 players and staff tested for Covid-19 on Monday 15 March and all have been cleared with negatives results.

16th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions Injury Update
Lions Injury Update

Prop Smith bids Lions farewell

The Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd. and Dylan Smith have agreed to a mutual separation with immediate effect.

15th Mar 2021

Team News

Prop Smith bids Lions farewell
Prop Smith bids Lions farewell

Leading comes easy for Nothies

Reinhard Nothnagel has extended his contract with the Lions Rugby Company for another three years and have captained the Lions in their first two preparation games.

12th Mar 2021

Team News

Leading comes easy for Nothies
Leading comes easy for Nothies

Lions win hard fought battle

The Lions managed to secure a 54-24 win against the EP Elephants in what must go down as one of the most error ridden, stoppage filled matches in a long time.

10th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions win hard fought battle
Lions win hard fought battle

Young Lions talent on show in PE

The Lions team that travels to Eastern Province will give another host of young players the opportunity to showcase their talents when they face the EP Elephants on Wednesday afternoon.

8th Mar 2021

Team News

Young Lions talent on show in PE
Young Lions talent on show in PE

Origin of Jukskei leads Ellis Park bottled water

The story of how a rugby stadium started bottling natural spring water is worth telling.

5th Mar 2021

Team News

Origin of Jukskei leads Ellis Park bottled water
Origin of Jukskei leads Ellis Park bottled water

Former Lion in biggest challenge ever

Former Lions lock Martin Muller and three of his teammates at the Valley RFC in Hong Kong will take part in the worlds toughest rowing race, the Atlantic Challenge, later in the year.

3rd Mar 2021

Team News

Former Lion in biggest challenge ever
Former Lion in biggest challenge ever

The 2021 Women’s World Cup Postponed

World Rugby has announced that the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand is set to be postponed until next year due to ‘the uncertain and challenging global Covid-19 landscape’.

3rd Mar 2021

Team News

The 2021 Women’s World Cup Postponed
The 2021 Women’s World Cup Postponed

True grit by young Lions side

A young Lions side showed true mettle in their 32-28 victory over the New Nation Pumas at Emirates Airline Park on a chilly Friday evening.

26th Feb 2021

Team News

True grit by young Lions side
True grit by young Lions side

Nothnagel to lead against Pumas

Coach Mziwakhe Nkosi will lead the Lions team for the preparation matches and will be assisted by Wessel Roux.

23rd Feb 2021

Team News

Nothnagel to lead against Pumas
Nothnagel to lead against Pumas

Shaping A New Generation

We know that talent can be found anywhere. And given the right opportunities, it can be nurtured into something truly special. Only problem is that most kids in South Africa will never be discovered.

26th Apr 2021

Training & Development

Shaping A New Generation
Shaping A New Generation

Golden Lions Womens Amateur Rugby Clinch Victory Over SWD

Extra time was needed in the B-Section final which went into sudden death as the Golden Lions and SWD went hammer and tongs against each other.  In the end, a try by Golden Lions replacement flanker Ntabi Sejamoholo clinched victory for the team from Johannesburg

26th Apr 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Golden Lions Womens Amateur Rugby Clinch Victory Over SWD
Golden Lions Womens Amateur Rugby Clinch Victory Over SWD

Rose Gumede: Kitchen & Administration (EPS)

Rose Gumede is one of the longest serving staff members at the Lions Rugby Company with 20 years on board as part of the kitchen and administration staff.

25th Apr 2021

Hear me roar

Rose Gumede: Kitchen & Administration (EPS)
Rose Gumede: Kitchen & Administration (EPS)

Tried and tested for semi

Swanepoel's inclusion at fullback, in place of the injured EW Viljoen, is one of only two changes to the side that grabbed a come-from-behind win over Tafel Lager Griquas last weekend, with his short cameo off the bench in Kimberley enough proof to Xerox Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen to hand him a first start in South Africa's oldest competition.

26th Feb 2021

Team News

Tried and tested for semi
Tried and tested for semi

Tebogo Takalane: Creditors Clerk (EPS)

I was interviewed for a position in finance in 2009 and while the company went through tirbulant times between 2012 and 2013 I was retained by God’s Grace.

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Tebogo Takalane: Creditors Clerk (EPS)
Tebogo Takalane: Creditors Clerk (EPS)

Timmy Goodwin: Manager- Training, Education and Development

I joined the Lions in 2002 as the Technical Analyst for the Cats Super Rugby teams. My single proudest moment at the Lions was having being the coach of the 2004 Vodacom Cup team

1st Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Timmy Goodwin: Manager- Training, Education and Development
Timmy Goodwin: Manager- Training, Education and Development

Lions Share: Warren Whiteley

We caught up with Warren to find out if he will ever play rugby again and to share information about his injury. He shares his difficulty in making his decision and life after rugby.

18th Sep 2020

podcast

Lions Share: Warren Whiteley
Lions Share: Warren Whiteley

Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC

My job is my dream come true, I am the Personal Assistant to Lions Rugby Company CEO Rudolf Straeuli! When I received a call in December 2013 that a Creditors Clerk position was vacant and would I be interested in applying for the position, I was ecstatic!

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC
Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC

Lawrence Ndlazi: Electrician (EPS)

One of the longest serving staff members at Emirates Airline Park is Lawrence Ndlazi, an electrician. He has been with the company for 30 years.

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Lawrence Ndlazi: Electrician (EPS)
Lawrence Ndlazi: Electrician (EPS)

Tiaan, Willem top stats log for Lions

Swanepoel’s inclusion at fullback, in place of the injured EW Viljoen, is one of only two changes to the side that grabbed a come-from-behind win over Tafel Lager Griquas last weekend, with his short cameo off the bench in Kimberley enough proof to Xerox Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen to hand him a first start in South Africa’s oldest competition.

26th Feb 2021

Team News

Tiaan, Willem top stats log for Lions
Tiaan, Willem top stats log for Lions

Rose Gumede: Kitchen & Administration (EPS)

Rose Gumede is one of the longest serving staff members at the Lions Rugby Company with 20 years on board as part of the kitchen and administration staff.

25th Apr 2021

Hear me roar

Rose Gumede: Kitchen & Administration (EPS)
Rose Gumede: Kitchen & Administration (EPS)

Tebogo Takalane: Creditors Clerk (EPS)

I was interviewed for a position in finance in 2009 and while the company went through tirbulant times between 2012 and 2013 I was retained by God’s Grace.

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Tebogo Takalane: Creditors Clerk (EPS)
Tebogo Takalane: Creditors Clerk (EPS)

Timmy Goodwin: Manager- Training, Education and Development

I joined the Lions in 2002 as the Technical Analyst for the Cats Super Rugby teams. My single proudest moment at the Lions was having being the coach of the 2004 Vodacom Cup team

1st Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Timmy Goodwin: Manager- Training, Education and Development
Timmy Goodwin: Manager- Training, Education and Development

Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC

My job is my dream come true, I am the Personal Assistant to Lions Rugby Company CEO Rudolf Straeuli! When I received a call in December 2013 that a Creditors Clerk position was vacant and would I be interested in applying for the position, I was ecstatic!

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC
Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC

Lawrence Ndlazi: Electrician (EPS)

One of the longest serving staff members at Emirates Airline Park is Lawrence Ndlazi, an electrician. He has been with the company for 30 years.

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Lawrence Ndlazi: Electrician (EPS)
Lawrence Ndlazi: Electrician (EPS)

Lions Share: Warren Whiteley

We caught up with Warren to find out if he will ever play rugby again and to share information about his injury. He shares his difficulty in making his decision and life after rugby.

18th Sep 2020

podcast

Lions Share: Warren Whiteley
Lions Share: Warren Whiteley

Lions Women kick-off against the Bulls

The Mastercard Golden Lions will kick-off their First Division tournament when they take on the Limpopo Blue Bulls on Saturday in Polokwane.

11th Jun 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Lions Women kick-off against the Bulls
Lions Women kick-off against the Bulls

Golden Lions Womens Amateur Rugby Clinch Victory Over SWD

Extra time was needed in the B-Section final which went into sudden death as the Golden Lions and SWD went hammer and tongs against each other.  In the end, a try by Golden Lions replacement flanker Ntabi Sejamoholo clinched victory for the team from Johannesburg

26th Apr 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Golden Lions Womens Amateur Rugby Clinch Victory Over SWD
Golden Lions Womens Amateur Rugby Clinch Victory Over SWD

Shaping A New Generation

We know that talent can be found anywhere. And given the right opportunities, it can be nurtured into something truly special. Only problem is that most kids in South Africa will never be discovered.

26th Apr 2021

Training & Development

Shaping A New Generation
Shaping A New Generation