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VISAGIE LEADS LIONS IN CRUCIAL KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE CUP CLASH

The Jaco Visagie led Emirates Lions are in action this Saturday in Treviso against Italian outfit Benetton in a Round of 16 clash of the EPCR Challenge Cup. Kick-off at the Stadio Monigo is at 18:30 (SA time)

VISAGIE LEADS LIONS IN CRUCIAL KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE CUP CLASH
VISAGIE LEADS LIONS IN CRUCIAL KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE CUP CLASH

VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH

The Emirates Lions will look to capitalise on last weekend’s historic victory in Galway when they take on Welsh side Ospreys in Round 13 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship in Swansea this Saturday.

VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH
VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH

LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH

The Emirates Lions face up to Irish outfit Connacht in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship hoping to be the first South African franchise to get the better of the men from Galway this Saturday.

LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH
LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH

STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen makes strategic changes to his half-back pairing ahead of the pivotal Round 11 showdown against the Hollywoodbets Sharks in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Catch the action in Johannesburg at 15:00.

STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.
STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.

IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY

The Emirates Lions host the Vodacom Bulls for the return leg of the Jukskei Derby in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick off at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday is at 15:00.

IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY
IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY

LIONS, CANSA JOIN HANDS FOR CANCER AWARENESS

The Johannesburg-based rugby franchise together with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) will on 17 February 2024 host the 22nd edition of the popular Shavathon initiative to be hosted at Emirates Airline Park.

LIONS, CANSA JOIN HANDS FOR CANCER AWARENESS
LIONS, CANSA JOIN HANDS FOR CANCER AWARENESS

PROMISING LIONS PROP CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER

A career-ending medical condition has forced talented loosehead prop Rhynardt Rijnsburger to retire from the sport.

PROMISING LIONS PROP CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER
PROMISING LIONS PROP CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER

EMIRATES LIONS PREPARE FOR PHYSICAL URC JUKSKEI CLASH

The Emirates Lions make the trip across the Jukskei this Saturday for Round 9 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship against the Vodacom Bulls. Victory for the men from Johannesburg this weekend could see them shift into the play-off spot zone, something head coach Ivan van Rooyen hopes could build confidence ahead of a gruelling local derby calendar.

EMIRATES LIONS PREPARE FOR PHYSICAL URC JUKSKEI CLASH
EMIRATES LIONS PREPARE FOR PHYSICAL URC JUKSKEI CLASH

WOLHUTER IN LINE FOR LIONS DEBUT, DREYER RETURNS FOR CHALLENGE CUP

The Emirates Lions head into Round 4 of the EPCR Challenge Cup for an encounter against Welsh outfit Ospreys in what will be the Johannesburg side’s first home fixture of 2024. After the disappointment of last week’s defeat against Pool B leaders Montpellier, Ivan van Rooyen’s men will be looking at achieving a positive result in front of the Lions faithful this Sunday afternoon at Emirates Airline Park.

WOLHUTER IN LINE FOR LIONS DEBUT, DREYER RETURNS FOR CHALLENGE CUP
WOLHUTER IN LINE FOR LIONS DEBUT, DREYER RETURNS FOR CHALLENGE CUP

TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AS LIONS TAKE ON MONTPELLIER IN CHALLENGE CUP DUEL

It’s one vs two in Round 3 of the EPCR Challenge Cup this Saturday night as the Emirates Lions take on Pool 2 leaders Montpellier.

TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AS LIONS TAKE ON MONTPELLIER IN CHALLENGE CUP DUEL
TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AS LIONS TAKE ON MONTPELLIER IN CHALLENGE CUP DUEL

LIONS DEBUTS FOR OOSTHUIZEN, ROETS, HANSEN AND CRONJE FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP OPENER

The Emirates Lions will open their 2023/24 EPCR Challenge Cup account against French outfit USA Perpignan this Sunday at the Stade Aimé Giral.

LIONS DEBUTS FOR OOSTHUIZEN, ROETS, HANSEN AND CRONJE FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP OPENER
LIONS DEBUTS FOR OOSTHUIZEN, ROETS, HANSEN AND CRONJE FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP OPENER

LIONS NAME 26 PLAYERS FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP TRIP

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has named the 26 players who will do duty for him in France for his sides’ first Investec Challenge Cup outing of the 2023/24 season against Perpignan this Sunday.

LIONS NAME 26 PLAYERS FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP TRIP
LIONS NAME 26 PLAYERS FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP TRIP

LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS

Emirates Lions mentor Ivan van Rooyen has named an unchanged match 23 to take on Dragons RFC in Round 7 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airlines Park this Saturday.

LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS
LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS

LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP

The Emirates Lions are back at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday where they will take on Zebre Parma in Round 6 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Fresh from a 4-week tour of Europe, the Joburg-based side will be eager to collect maximum points at home against the Italians, followed by a visit by the Dragons next Saturday (2 December)

LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP
LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP

STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST

The Emirates Lions face Irish outfit Ulster for their final tour match in Round 5 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick-off is at 21:35 (SA time) on Friday evening at Kingspan Stadium.

STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST
STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST

NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN

The Emirates Lions will on Saturday trial a new-look half back combination when they take on the Scarlets in Wales in Round 4 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Lions boss Ivan van Rooyen has tasked his new pairing of Morne van den Berg (scrumhalf) and Sanele Nohamba (flyhalf) to rally the backline against a Welsh outfit fresh from a win against Cardiff last Saturday.

NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN
NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN

STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO

Emirates Lions Head Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named Morgan Naude and flanker Hanru Sirgel in his starting XV ahead of their Sunday afternoon clash against Benetton Rugby in Round 3 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO
STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO

VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH

Speedster Edwill van der Merwe returns to the Emirates Lions starting XV as they take on Scottish outfit Edinburgh for Round 2 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. The Emirates Lions Player of the Year missed out on selection last week due to injury, but slots right back into his familiar left-wing position after being cleared to play.

VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH
VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH

FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG

Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named an exciting match 23 ahead of his side’s opening Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against two-time finalists the DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG
FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG

PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS

The Lions Rugby Company have announced the appointment of Barend Pieterse as the new Emirates Lions forwards and lineout coach.

PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS
PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS

STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS

Former Springbok and two-time British and Irish Lions series winner Morne Steyn joins the Emirates Lions ahead of the 2023/24 Vodacom United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup season.

STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS
STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS

LIONS LEND HELPING HAND TO CHOLERA-HIT HAMMANSKRAAL

The Lions, in partnership with the Gift of the Givers Foundation, recently visited the cholera-hit area of Hammanskraal to deliver much needed relief in the form of bottled water. Jordan Hendrikse, Jarod Cairns and Sibusiso Sangweni from the Lions were on hand to aid residents with water resources, sourced directly from the Emirates Airline Park water plant.

13th Jun 2023

Press Release, Team News

LIONS LEND HELPING HAND TO CHOLERA-HIT HAMMANSKRAAL
LIONS LEND HELPING HAND TO CHOLERA-HIT HAMMANSKRAAL

END OF PLAY-OFF DREAM FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS

It was a disappointing trip to Durban for the Fidelity ADT Lions as the Cell C Sharks overcame a poor start to clinch the Round 13 fixture 29-21 and secure a top spot in the Premier Division standings with their seventh-consecutive win in the competition

END OF PLAY-OFF DREAM FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS
END OF PLAY-OFF DREAM FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS

VAN DER MERWE, VENTER DOUBLES SEAL WIN FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN ATHLONE

The Fidelity ADT Lions scored four tries in the 32-12 win against DHL WP on Friday to keep their hopes alive in competition where play-off positions have reached crunch time.

VAN DER MERWE, VENTER DOUBLES SEAL WIN FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN ATHLONE
VAN DER MERWE, VENTER DOUBLES SEAL WIN FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN ATHLONE

VAN DEN BERG BIDS FAREWELL TO THE LIONS

Emirates Lions Forwards and Lineouts coach Albert van den Berg has opted not to renew his contract with the Lions Rugby Company.

26th Apr 2023

Press Release, Team News

VAN DEN BERG BIDS FAREWELL TO THE LIONS
VAN DEN BERG BIDS FAREWELL TO THE LIONS

STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG

The Emirates Lions take on Irish club Leinster in the second match of this weekend’s Vodacom United Rugby Championship double header of fixtures taking place at Emirates Airline Park. The Vodacom Bulls take on Zebra Parma of Italy in the match before at 13:00, in what will be a full day of rugby at the iconic stadium.

STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG
STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG

LIONS WELCOME RACING 92 FOR EPCR CHALLENGE CUP KNOCKOUT GAME.

The Emirates Lions welcome French giants Racing 92 in their Round of 16 crunch match of the EPCR Challenge Cup at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday. Kick off is at 18:30 SA time.

LIONS WELCOME RACING 92 FOR EPCR CHALLENGE CUP KNOCKOUT GAME.
LIONS WELCOME RACING 92 FOR EPCR CHALLENGE CUP KNOCKOUT GAME.

LIONS AWAIT SHARKS IN CURRIE CUP DUEL IN JOBURG

The Fidelity ADT Lions are in action this Saturday at Emirates Airline Park against the Cell C Sharks in Round 4 of the Currie Cup. Kick-off is at 15:30.

LIONS AWAIT SHARKS IN CURRIE CUP DUEL IN JOBURG
LIONS AWAIT SHARKS IN CURRIE CUP DUEL IN JOBURG

LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY

The Emirates Lions travel across the Jukskei this Saturday when they take on the Vodacom Bulls in their Round 15 clash of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Loftus Versfeld in the country’s capital.

LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY
LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY LIONS RUGBY COMPANY AND MYPLAYERS

MyPlayers- The Rugby Players' Organisation and the Lions Rugby Company recently met to discuss the roll-out and subsequent feedback process of their provincial Sport Psychological Fitness (SPF) assessment initiative.

26th Feb 2023

Press Release, Team News

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY LIONS RUGBY COMPANY AND MYPLAYERS
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY LIONS RUGBY COMPANY AND MYPLAYERS

HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH

The Emirates Lions continue to enjoy the pleasure of playing on their home turf at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday for their rescheduled Round 6 fixture Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against Scottish outfit Glasgow Warriors.

HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH
HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH

LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT

The Emirates Lions return to Emirates Airline Park this Saturday for their Round 14 Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against the Cell C Sharks.

LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT
LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT

LIONS SECURE THE CAPITAL ACCOMMODATION DEAL

The Lions Rugby Company is proud to welcome The Capital Hotel & Apartments as the official accommodation partner.

2nd Feb 2023

Press Release, Team News

LIONS SECURE THE CAPITAL ACCOMMODATION DEAL
LIONS SECURE THE CAPITAL ACCOMMODATION DEAL

Springboks to face Argentina on 29 July 2023 at Emirates Airline Park.

The Springboks will kick off a bumper 2023 season against Australia in Pretoria in July in the opening round of the shortened Castle Lager Rugby Championship and will face Argentina in Johannesburg in their final match on home soil before the build-up to their Rugby World Cup defence starts.

1st Feb 2023

Press Release, Team News

Springboks to face Argentina on 29 July 2023 at Emirates Airline Park.
Springboks to face Argentina on 29 July 2023 at Emirates Airline Park.

EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH

The Emirates Lions take on Irish club Connacht Rugby in Round 13 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at the Sportsground in Galway this Saturday evening.

EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH
EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH

HENDRIKSE BACK FOR LIONS’ DRAGONS CHALLENGE

The Emirates Lions take on Dragons RFC this Sunday in Round 4 of the EPCR Challenge Cup at the Rodney Parade stadium in Newport.

HENDRIKSE BACK FOR LIONS’ DRAGONS CHALLENGE
HENDRIKSE BACK FOR LIONS’ DRAGONS CHALLENGE

DEBUTS FOR PRETORIUS, RIJNSBURGER AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP AFFAIR IN PARIS

The Emirates Lions continue their EPCR Challenge Cup journey when they take on French outfit Stade Francais this Saturday at the Stade Jean Bouin stadium in Paris. Undefeated in the competition, the team from Ellis Park will look to improving their recent run of results with a positive outcome against the Pink Army.

DEBUTS FOR PRETORIUS, RIJNSBURGER AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP AFFAIR IN PARIS
DEBUTS FOR PRETORIUS, RIJNSBURGER AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP AFFAIR IN PARIS

“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN

The Emirates Lions went down 33-3 to Irish outfit Munster in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Championship at Musgrave Park in Cork. Trailing by just nine points at the halftime break, both teams had to navigate gusty winds coupled by non-stop rain for atleast 50 minutes of the encounter.

“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN
“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN

DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER

Emile van Heerden will make his debut this Friday at Musgrave Park as the Emirates Lions take on Irish outfit Munster in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC). The exciting young recruit takes his place in the number 7 jumper alongside Jarod Cairns and Emmanuel Tshituka.

DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER
DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER

EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR

Emirates Lions Head Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named a 29-man touring squad for his team’s upcoming fixtures in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup.

EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR

Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband

The Emirates Lions make the trip to the Mother City this weekend to face current champions DHL Stormers in Round 11 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship on New Year's Eve at the DHL Stadium.

Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband
Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband

NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY

The Emirates Lions travel to Durban this Friday to face the Cell C Sharks for Round 10 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick-off is at 17:00. The men from Doornfontein head into this game on the back of a four-match unbeaten streak at home in all competition and will look to take that momentum into the local derby.

NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY
NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY

HISTORY BECKONS FOR LIONS AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP OPENER

The Emirates Lions will make history this Saturday as the first of two South African teams to participate in the 2022/23 European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) Challenge Cup against the Dragons from Wales at Emirates Airline Park. The Toyota Cheetahs take on Pau in the following match.

HISTORY BECKONS FOR LIONS AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP OPENER
HISTORY BECKONS FOR LIONS AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP OPENER

LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH

Springbok Jaco Kriel returns to the starting XV after a lengthy period on the sidelines.

LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH
LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH

MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS

Speedster Rabz Maxwane makes a return to the Emirates Lions Match 23 for the first time this season.

MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS
MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS

Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby

The Emirates Lions went down 31-22 to the DHL Stormers at Emirates Lions Park in Round 7 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this past Saturday.

Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby
Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby

One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby

The Emirates Lions have made one forced change ahead of their local United Rugby Championship derby against DHL Stormers.

One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby
One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby

Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions

The Emirates Lions have announced young Jordan Hendrikse as their starting ten for Saturday’s Round 6 fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Emirates Airline Park.

Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions
Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions

Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash

The Emirates Lions have announced the return of Willem ‘The Bone Collector’ Alberts to the starting XV as they take on Irish giants Ulster.

Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash
Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash

Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match

Explosive loose-forward Ruan Venter makes his return to the Emirates Lions starting XV this Friday for his team's final Vodacom United Rugby Championship tour match against Edinburgh on Friday.

Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match
Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match

Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales

The Emirates Lions notched up their second win of their 3-week tour against Cardiff Rugby on Friday night.

Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales
Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales

Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff

The Emirates Lions will look at clinching their second win on tour when they take on Cardiff Rugby in Round 3 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this Friday at Cardiff Arms Park.

Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff
Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff

Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash

Emirates Lions have named their match 23 for their Vodacom United Rugby Championship fixture against Welsh side Ospreys at the Swansea.com stadium.

Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash
Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash

Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions

The Emirates Lions will host the Vodacom Bulls in their opening fixture of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this Saturday at Emirates Airline Park

Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions
Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions

22/23 EPCR Draw Confirmed

The Emirates Lions are heading to Paris and the UK for the 22/23 EPCR Challenge Cup season.

22/23 EPCR Draw Confirmed
22/23 EPCR Draw Confirmed

EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed

The Emirates Lions will be making a historic first appearance in the upcoming EPCR competition later this year.

EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed
EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed

Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint

Jordan Hendrikse expressed his delight on joining the Blitzboks.

Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint
Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint

More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash

Instrumental lock forward Reinhard Nothnagel wears the captain's armband in a fixture where the Johannesburg-based outfit will aim to finish on a high in Newport.

More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash
More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash

Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons

Lock Reinhard Nothnagel leads the Emirates Lions for his team's final Vodacom United Rugby Championship match in Wales.

Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons
Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons

LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE

The Emirates Lions announced their match 23 to face Italian club Benetton Rugby this Saturday in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park.

LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE
LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE

Odendaal Back Against Connacht

Captain Burger Odendaal will don the number 12 jersey this Saturday the Emirates Lions take on Irish team, Connacht at Emirates Airline Park in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

Odendaal Back Against Connacht
Odendaal Back Against Connacht

Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions

The Emirates Lions will look to make it five in a row when they face the Cell C Sharks in Durban this Saturday in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions
Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions

Bocks, Mollentze Combine for Nelspruit Visit

Asenathi Ntlabakanye, fresh from Vodacom United Rugby Championship duty, assumes the captain's armband to lead a pack which features powerhouse lock forward PJ Steenkamp.

Bocks, Mollentze Combine for Nelspruit Visit
Bocks, Mollentze Combine for Nelspruit Visit

My Job is to Score Tries

Fans don't realise it but we really appreciate their support from the stands. Ultimately as players we do it for them.

My Job is to Score Tries
My Job is to Score Tries

Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has named loosehead prop JP Smith to start for his team's encounter against Scottish outfit Edinburgh in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday.

Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel
Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel

Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys

The Emirates Lions are set to unleash the Tshituka brothers against Ospreys this Friday night in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park.

Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys
Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys

Sangweni in for Injured Kriel

Burger Odendaal takes over the captaincy reigns in the absence of Jaco Kriel for the Emirates Lions when they take on Munster this weekend.

Sangweni in for Injured Kriel
Sangweni in for Injured Kriel

Welcome return for Nothnagel

Sunday’s clash takes place four months after the original fixture was postponed amid Covid-19 concerns.

Welcome return for Nothnagel
Welcome return for Nothnagel

Lions U20 Welcome DHL WP U20 to the Park

The two teams last met in the 2021 final of the competition which saw the home team clinch a 36-35 victory over their coastal visitors.

Lions U20 Welcome DHL WP U20 to the Park
Lions U20 Welcome DHL WP U20 to the Park

It’s an opportunity to turn our seasons’ results around

It’s an opportunity to turn our seasons’ results around
It’s an opportunity to turn our seasons’ results around

Venter, Horn to Face Leinster

Team Announcement | Emirates Lions & Lions u20 | VURC | SA Rugby u20 Cup

Venter, Horn to Face Leinster
Venter, Horn to Face Leinster

Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka

Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka
Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka

Sigma Lions back for Currie Cup Action

Sigma Lions vs Cell C Sharks team announcement

Sigma Lions back for Currie Cup Action
Sigma Lions back for Currie Cup Action

Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions

Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions
Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions

A much improved effort – Van Rooyen

The Emirates Lions next face the DHL Stormers on 12 February at Emirates Airline Park.

A much improved effort – Van Rooyen
A much improved effort – Van Rooyen

Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg

Emirates Lions team release ahead of return leg of the VURC fixture against the Vodacom Bulls.

Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg
Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg

Assuming the Playmaker Role

We catch up with Emirates Lions flyhalf Fred Zeilinga.

Assuming the Playmaker Role
Assuming the Playmaker Role

Peak Condition

Head of athletic performance at the Lions Stefan van Deventer is the man tasked with keeping the Emirates Lions in top physical condition.

2nd Feb 2022

Team News

Peak Condition
Peak Condition

Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby

Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls | Vodacom URC | Match Report

Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby
Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby

Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby

Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls | Vodacom URC | Team Announcement | Emirates Airline Park | 15:00

Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby
Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby

JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS

The Emirates Lions name their match day 23 to face the Cell C Sharks on Saturday, 22 January at Emirates Airline Park. Kick-off is at 15:00.

JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS
JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS

Sigma Lions Name Match 23 for Pumas Clash

Former Junior Springboks Tyler Bocks and Manuel Rass link up in the midfield. Scrumhalf Ginter Smuts starts in the number 9 position to face his old side.

Sigma Lions Name Match 23 for Pumas Clash
Sigma Lions Name Match 23 for Pumas Clash

Ntlabakanye leads Sigma Lions against DHL Western Province

Tight head prop Asenathi Ntlabakanye will captain the Sigma Lions ahead of their first Carling Currie Cup encounter against DHL Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.

Ntlabakanye leads Sigma Lions against DHL Western Province
Ntlabakanye leads Sigma Lions against DHL Western Province

Lions Stalwart Cronje Calls It A Day

Lions and Springbok scrumhalf, Ross Cronje has called time on his professional rugby career.

13th Jan 2022

Press Release, Team News

Lions Stalwart Cronje Calls It A Day
Lions Stalwart Cronje Calls It A Day

Carling Currie Cup kick-off times confirmed for 2022

The Sigma Lions will open their Carling Currie Cup campaign against the DHL Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday, 15 January at 17:00.

11th Jan 2022

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Carling Currie Cup kick-off times confirmed for 2022
Carling Currie Cup kick-off times confirmed for 2022

It’s vital to start from zero again

The former Stade Français assistant coach is a big advocate of a collective effort which will ultimately reap results for an Emirates Lions side that has displayed passages of positive play in the VURC.

7th Jan 2022

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It’s vital to start from zero again
It’s vital to start from zero again

It is a privilege to lead the Currie Cup side – Nkosi

Mziwakhe Nkosi will lead the Sigma Lions ahead of the 2022 Carling Currie Cup campaign. The former SA Schools mentor will be assisted by former Springbok Wessel Roux (Lions U20 Head Coach), Phillip Lemmer (two-time Vodacom Super Rugby final Assistant Coach) and Wynand Ellis (Lions U20 Assistant Coach).

5th Jan 2022

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It is a privilege to lead the Currie Cup side – Nkosi
It is a privilege to lead the Currie Cup side – Nkosi

LIONS SECURE PUMA PLAYERS IN NEW DEAL

The Lions Rugby Company have secured the services of New Nations Puma players Pieter Jansen van Vuren (lock), Morgan Naude (prop), Matt More (centre) and Ginter Smuts (scrumhalf).

30th Dec 2021

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LIONS SECURE PUMA PLAYERS IN NEW DEAL
LIONS SECURE PUMA PLAYERS IN NEW DEAL

There will be an urge to play attacking rugby – Van Rooyen

The Emirates Lions take on the Cell C Sharks in Round 8 of the VURC at Emirates Airline Park on 22 January.

28th Dec 2021

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There will be an urge to play attacking rugby – Van Rooyen
There will be an urge to play attacking rugby – Van Rooyen

Carling Currie Cup gets January kick off

The Carling Currie Cup will kick off next month with a seven-team Premier Division, following an online meeting of the General Council of the South African Rugby Union on Friday.

13th Dec 2021

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Carling Currie Cup gets January kick off
Carling Currie Cup gets January kick off

Hendrikse, van Wyk lead Lions’ charge at SA Rugby Awards

Lions players Jordan Hendrikse and Henco van Wyk have both been nominated for this year's SA Rugby prestigious awards.

10th Dec 2021

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Hendrikse, van Wyk lead Lions’ charge at SA Rugby Awards
Hendrikse, van Wyk lead Lions’ charge at SA Rugby Awards

EMIRATES LIONS DOMINATE IN CAPE TOWN

The Emirates Lions left Cape Town victorious after securing a bonus point win against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town during Round 7 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. The final score read 19-37.

4th Dec 2021

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EMIRATES LIONS DOMINATE IN CAPE TOWN
EMIRATES LIONS DOMINATE IN CAPE TOWN

Catching up with Emirates Lions loosehead prop Sti Sithole

We had a quick catch-up with Sti Sithole, loosehead prop of the Emirates Lions ahead of this weekend's Vodacom URC match against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town.

3rd Dec 2021

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Catching up with Emirates Lions loosehead prop Sti Sithole
Catching up with Emirates Lions loosehead prop Sti Sithole

EMIRATES LIONS MAKE FORCED CHANGE FOR DHL STORMERS CLASH

Experienced prop Jannie du Plessis comes in as cover for the injured Dreyer in a match which will see speedster Edwill van der Merwe make his Emirates Lions debut against his former franchise.

2nd Dec 2021

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EMIRATES LIONS MAKE FORCED CHANGE FOR DHL STORMERS CLASH
EMIRATES LIONS MAKE FORCED CHANGE FOR DHL STORMERS CLASH

SA DERBIES ADDED TO THIS WEEKEND’S URC SCHEDULE

Two South African United Rugby Championship derbies originally scheduled for February 2022 have been brought forward and will be played in Durban and Cape Town this weekend.

30th Nov 2021

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SA DERBIES ADDED TO THIS WEEKEND’S URC SCHEDULE
SA DERBIES ADDED TO THIS WEEKEND’S URC SCHEDULE

R6 & R7 South African home games postponed due to new COVID regulations

Due to the sudden developments connected with the new COVID-19 variant (B.1.1.529) that have immediately placed a number of countries, including South Africa, on the UK and EU travel red lists, the scheduled Round 6 and 7 United Rugby Championship fixtures set to take place in South Africa over the next two weekends have been postponed and will be rescheduled later this season.

26th Nov 2021

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R6 & R7 South African home games postponed due to new COVID regulations
R6 & R7 South African home games postponed due to new COVID regulations

Lions unleash vd Merwe, Alberts & Swanepoel for Cardiff clash

New Emirates Lions recruit, Edwill van der Merwe is set to make his debut for the Johannesburg side when the Lions take on Cardiff Rugby on Sunday in Round 6 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) at Emirates Airline Park.

25th Nov 2021

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Lions unleash vd Merwe, Alberts & Swanepoel for Cardiff clash
Lions unleash vd Merwe, Alberts & Swanepoel for Cardiff clash

Emirates Lions Confident Ahead of Cardiff Encounter

Emirates Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli and Head Coach Ivan van Rooyen briefed the media today ahead of the team’s first home game of the Vodacom Rugby Championship against Cardiff Rugby.

23rd Nov 2021

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Emirates Lions Confident Ahead of Cardiff Encounter
Emirates Lions Confident Ahead of Cardiff Encounter

Analysing opposition is key – Van den Berg

Emirates Lions forwards coach, Albert van den Berg believes studying opposition tactics remain a crucial aspect of team preparation. The former Bok lock will be at the helm of his team’s forward and line-out play ahead of their first home fixture against Cardiff Rugby in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) at Emirates Airline Park on Sunday, 28 November.

19th Nov 2021

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Analysing opposition is key – Van den Berg
Analysing opposition is key – Van den Berg

Coaches Talk: Ivan van Rooyen

The Emirates Lions have resumed their preparations for the Vodacom United Rugby Championship after a short break, and after a busy week of training, we had a catch up with Lions head coach, Ivan van Rooyen.

4th Nov 2021

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Coaches Talk: Ivan van Rooyen
Coaches Talk: Ivan van Rooyen

Emirates Lions Injury Report

Tiaan Swanepoel and Willem Alberts are both fit to play after long term injuries.

3rd Nov 2021

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Emirates Lions Injury Report
Emirates Lions Injury Report

Van der Sluys Calls Time On His Career

Emirates Lions lock forward, Wilhelm van der Sluys has called time on his professional rugby career.

2nd Nov 2021

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Van der Sluys Calls Time On His Career
Van der Sluys Calls Time On His Career

Lions Clinch SA Rugby u20 Cup

A man of the match performance by Jurich Claasens with both the boot and general play ensured the Lions U20 played tactical rugby in key areas of the field.

2nd Nov 2021

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Lions Clinch SA Rugby u20 Cup
Lions Clinch SA Rugby u20 Cup

Lions u20 ready for final challenge

"Our approach will not be too different. Obviously, they have grown as a team as well, and there is just a bigger responsibility on us to execute our plans better this time around," explains Roux.

29th Oct 2021

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Lions u20 ready for final challenge
Lions u20 ready for final challenge

I didn’t need to play, I wanted to

Looking ahead to this weekend's SA Rugby U20 Cup Final at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday, Selengbe describes the tournament as being a "blast" so far.

28th Oct 2021

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I didn’t need to play, I wanted to
I didn’t need to play, I wanted to

Powerhouse Venter

Ruan Venter has displayed sterling performances in this year’s SA Rugby u20 competition so far, with the latest of those on show against the Cell C Sharks u20 in the semi-final at Emirates Airline Park. Ruan put in a solid shift, having made 14 tackles and 12 carries.

26th Oct 2021

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Powerhouse Venter
Powerhouse Venter

Know Before You Go: Under 20 Final

Emirates Airline Park suite owners and 2020 Lions Members will be able to attend the SA Rugby u20 Cup final between Lions and Western Province.

25th Oct 2021

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Know Before You Go: Under 20 Final
Know Before You Go: Under 20 Final

Vodacom URC heads to South Africa in November

South Africa will be the destination for four European teams when the Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers host their first Vodacom United Rugby Championship matches next month.

18th Oct 2021

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Vodacom URC heads to South Africa in November
Vodacom URC heads to South Africa in November

We Believe in Our System – Odendaal

With round 6 and 7 of the VURC set to take place in South Africa on 28 November and 4 December respectively, the Emirates Lions are backing themselves to collect points at Emirates Airline Park.

16th Oct 2021

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We Believe in Our System – Odendaal
We Believe in Our System – Odendaal

Emirates Lions to Face Ulster

The Emirates Lions will head to Belfast in their final tour fixture of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) to face Irish side, Ulster at Kingspan Stadium on Friday.

14th Oct 2021

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Emirates Lions to Face Ulster
Emirates Lions to Face Ulster

Franco: #ULSvLIO Is Going To Be A Cracker

We caught up with former Springbok, Lions and Ulster forward, Franco van der Merwe on all things life, the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) and his thoughts on the Ulster vs Emirates Lions in Belfast for round four of the tournament.

13th Oct 2021

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Franco: #ULSvLIO Is Going To Be A Cracker
Franco: #ULSvLIO Is Going To Be A Cracker

Message to Lions Supporters

The most recent announcement by Government to allow for return of spectators at events is certainly the most positive news we have received in a very long time!

12th Oct 2021

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Message to Lions Supporters
Message to Lions Supporters

Emirates Lions Injury Update

Fred Zeilinga has joined the touring squad as cover for Jordan Hendrikse & Eddie Fouché.

11th Oct 2021

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Emirates Lions Injury Update
Emirates Lions Injury Update

Odendaal Proud of Lions’ Efforts

Captain Burger Odendaal expressed his team's disappointment post-match whilst heaping praise on the effort put in.

10th Oct 2021

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Odendaal Proud of Lions’ Efforts
Odendaal Proud of Lions’ Efforts

Strauss Believes Lions Should Play to Strengths

Strauss, who appeared over 50 times for the Lions and has a century of appearances for the Glasgow-based Warriors, suggests it will be a tough encounter.

9th Oct 2021

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Strauss Believes Lions Should Play to Strengths
Strauss Believes Lions Should Play to Strengths

Changes for Lions ahead of Warriors Encounter

Emirates Lions head coach, Ivan van Rooyen named a new-look match 23 ahead of his team's third round Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday.

8th Oct 2021

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Changes for Lions ahead of Warriors Encounter
Changes for Lions ahead of Warriors Encounter

Match Wrap-Up: Scarlets vs Lions

The Johannesburg side went down 36-13 to the Scarlets in Llanelli after showing glimpses of positive play in both halves of the game in front of an 8000- strong crowd at Parc y Scarlets stadium.

2nd Oct 2021

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Match Wrap-Up: Scarlets vs Lions
Match Wrap-Up: Scarlets vs Lions

Lions name unchanged 23 for Scarlets

The Emirates Lions have named an unchanged match 23 to face Welsh side Scarlets for their second round fixture of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) at the Parc y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli, Wales on Friday.

30th Sep 2021

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Lions name unchanged 23 for Scarlets
Lions name unchanged 23 for Scarlets

Lions Take Trip Down Memory Lane in Italy

The former 1995 Rugby World Cup winner spent two years in the region, with half of that time at the Petrarca Sport before returning to South Africa for the country's first ever international rugby showpiece.

29th Sep 2021

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Lions Take Trip Down Memory Lane in Italy
Lions Take Trip Down Memory Lane in Italy

Emirates Lions name strong line-up for Zebre clash

The Emirates Lions have named a strong 23-man side to face Italian-based outfit Zebre in their opening fixture of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship match on Friday in Parma.

23rd Sep 2021

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Emirates Lions name strong line-up for Zebre clash
Emirates Lions name strong line-up for Zebre clash

Emirates Lions Reveal New Kit Sponsor

Italian athleisure brand Macron have partnered with the Emirates Lions in a deal which will see the Johannesburg team appear in the traditional red and white strip featuring the Macron logo ahead of their opening fixture against Zebre on 24 September in Parma.

19th Sep 2021

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Emirates Lions Reveal New Kit Sponsor
Emirates Lions Reveal New Kit Sponsor

Lions cubs looking for 4th victory

Sasko Ndlovu is back at the helm, and will look to steer this young side to their fourth victory of the season.

16th Sep 2021

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Lions cubs looking for 4th victory
Lions cubs looking for 4th victory

Lions Announce Touring Squad

The Emirates Lions have today announced a 33-man touring squad ahead of their inaugural United Rugby Championship (URC) campaign.

14th Sep 2021

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Lions Announce Touring Squad
Lions Announce Touring Squad

Lions u20s keep to their winning ways

The Lions travelled to Bloemfontein on Saturday and returned from the Toyota Stadium with a full house of points.

6th Sep 2021

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Lions u20s keep to their winning ways
Lions u20s keep to their winning ways

Lions Announce New Coaching Structure

The Lions Rugby Company have today announced the appointment of three former Springboks to bolster their coaching setup ahead of the inaugural United Rugby Championship (URC) competition starting 24 September 2021.

1st Sep 2021

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Lions Announce New Coaching Structure
Lions Announce New Coaching Structure

Lions Cubs 2 for 2

The Lions not only secured a four-try bonus point win at Emirates Airline Park, but they also managed to keep the Cell C Sharks from gaining any log points from the trip

30th Aug 2021

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Lions Cubs 2 for 2
Lions Cubs 2 for 2

Lions release Courtnall Skosan

The Lions Rugby Co wishes Courtnall and his family all the best with their new journey. Thank you for the memories!

23rd Aug 2021

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Lions release Courtnall Skosan
Lions release Courtnall Skosan

Team Announcement: Lions vs Sharks

PJ Botha and Carlu Sadie are welcomed back to the fray, while Emmanuel Tshituka, Ross Cronje and Dan Kriel will get starting berths.

20th Aug 2021

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Team Announcement: Lions vs Sharks
Team Announcement: Lions vs Sharks

Team Announcement: WP vs Lions

Jannie du Plessis, Carlu Sadie and Mark Snyman will sit this match out, while Asenathi Ntlabakanye, Chergin Fillies and MJ Pelser will don the red and white jersey. Ruan Dreyer is on family responsibility leave due to the birth of his twins.

17th Aug 2021

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Team Announcement: WP vs Lions
Team Announcement: WP vs Lions

Team Announcement: Lions vs Bulls

In a short turn around from Wednesday, Sigma Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has made some rotational changes to the team that will host the Vodacom Bulls at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

13th Aug 2021

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Team Announcement: Lions vs Bulls
Team Announcement: Lions vs Bulls

Try fest in Bloem

After 12 tries in Bloemfontein, the final score is 44 all.

11th Aug 2021

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Try fest in Bloem
Try fest in Bloem

Sigma Lions Team Change

Due to pre-cautionary medical protocols, the Sigma Lions team to face the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this evening will be captained by Burger Odendaal.

11th Aug 2021

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Sigma Lions Team Change
Sigma Lions Team Change

Kriel back for the Lions

Kriel, who has previously captained the Lions, will make his 51st appearance for the Joburg-based side when he takes to the field tomorrow night.

10th Aug 2021

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Kriel back for the Lions
Kriel back for the Lions

Match Report: Griquas vs Lions

The Sigma Lions are coming home with the win after beating the Tafel Lager Griquas 45-42 on Wednesday, 6 August.

6th Aug 2021

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Match Report: Griquas vs Lions
Match Report: Griquas vs Lions

50 Caps for Odendaal

In the backline Burger Odendaal and Duncan Matthews is welcomed back to the fray. Burger will be running out in his 50th Currie Cup match.

5th Aug 2021

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50 Caps for Odendaal
50 Caps for Odendaal

Injury Update: 3 August

The Sigma Lions team will be announced on Thursday, 05 August. 

3rd Aug 2021

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Injury Update: 3 August
Injury Update: 3 August

Team Announcement: Lions vs Pumas

Sibusiso Sangweni will get a starting berth after an early injury forced Roelof Smit to leave the field in last week’s Carling Currie Cup match against the Vodacom Bulls, while Morne van den Berg will bring energy from the bench.

Team Announcement: Lions vs Pumas
Team Announcement: Lions vs Pumas

Team Announcement: Bulls vs Lions

Wandisile Simelane is back from Bok duty and will start, along with Roelof Smit, Vincent Tshituka, Courtnall Skosan and Dan Kriel.

24th Jul 2021

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Team Announcement: Bulls vs Lions
Team Announcement: Bulls vs Lions

Team Announcement: Lions vs Griquas

Sigma Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has made several changes to the side that will host the Tafel Lager Griquas at Emirates Airline Park on Wednesday afternoon.

20th Jul 2021

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Team Announcement: Lions vs Griquas
Team Announcement: Lions vs Griquas

Get to know: FP Pelser

FP started his professional career at the Lions, where he made his senior debut in 2016 in the Currie Cup

16th Jul 2021

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Get to know: FP Pelser
Get to know: FP Pelser

Cancellation of matches in Johannesburg

Furthermore, the Women’s First Division Final, between the Mastercard Golden Lions and Free State, also scheduled for Emirates Airline Park, has been postponed.

Cancellation of matches in Johannesburg
Cancellation of matches in Johannesburg

Cell C Sharks vs Sigma Lions match cancelled

The Cell C Sharks’ match against the Sigma Lions in the Carling Currie Cup on Saturday has been cancelled with a decision on the points allocation to be confirmed.

8th Jul 2021

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Cell C Sharks vs Sigma Lions match cancelled
Cell C Sharks vs Sigma Lions match cancelled

Team Announcement: Sigma Lions vs British and Irish Lions

Jordan Hendrikse is back and ready to start for the Sigma Lions when they meet the British and Irish Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

1st Jul 2021

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Team Announcement: Sigma Lions vs British and Irish Lions
Team Announcement: Sigma Lions vs British and Irish Lions

Sigma Lions Sponsorship Announcement

Lions Rugby Company is delighted to announce that Sigma Connected will be the new title holder for the Carling Currie Cup 2021 season, launching their partnership with this weekend’s match against the British & Irish Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday, 03 July 2021.

1st Jul 2021

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Sigma Lions Sponsorship Announcement
Sigma Lions Sponsorship Announcement

Lions name their Bubble Squad

The Lions players and management, who will head into the bubble ahead of their match against the British and Irish Lions on the 3rd of July at Emirates Airline Park.

30th Jun 2021

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Lions name their Bubble Squad
Lions name their Bubble Squad

Lions welcome back their Seniors

In a short turn-around from their last match on Friday, the team welcomes back numerous players. These include Ruben Schoeman, Jaco Visagie and Morné van den Berg. Jannie du Plessis, Jaco Kriel, MJ Pelser, Roelof Smit and Divan Rossouw are returning to play and busy with preparations for the upcoming fixtures.

22nd Jun 2021

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Lions welcome back their Seniors
Lions welcome back their Seniors

Horn to lead Lions in Mbombela

Exciting youngsters like Morne Brandon, Banele Mthenjane, Ruhan Straeuli, Emmanuel Tshituka and Aidyn Cupido will all look to make their debuts from the bench.

17th Jun 2021

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Horn to lead Lions in Mbombela
Horn to lead Lions in Mbombela

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH

The Emirates Lions will look to capitalise on last weekend’s historic victory in Galway when they take on Welsh side Ospreys in Round 13 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship in Swansea this Saturday.

VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH
VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH

NTLABAKHANYE COPS THREE-WEEK SUSPENSION

The Disciplinary process related to Asenathi Nltabakanye Red Card in the BKT United Rugby Championship Round 12 game against Connacht on Saturday, March 24 has resulted in an three game suspension.

NTLABAKHANYE COPS THREE-WEEK SUSPENSION
NTLABAKHANYE COPS THREE-WEEK SUSPENSION

LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH

The Emirates Lions face up to Irish outfit Connacht in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship hoping to be the first South African franchise to get the better of the men from Galway this Saturday.

LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH
LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH

STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen makes strategic changes to his half-back pairing ahead of the pivotal Round 11 showdown against the Hollywoodbets Sharks in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Catch the action in Johannesburg at 15:00.

STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.
STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.

IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY

The Emirates Lions host the Vodacom Bulls for the return leg of the Jukskei Derby in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick off at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday is at 15:00.

IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY
IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY

LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS

Emirates Lions mentor Ivan van Rooyen has named an unchanged match 23 to take on Dragons RFC in Round 7 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airlines Park this Saturday.

LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS
LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS

LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP

The Emirates Lions are back at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday where they will take on Zebre Parma in Round 6 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Fresh from a 4-week tour of Europe, the Joburg-based side will be eager to collect maximum points at home against the Italians, followed by a visit by the Dragons next Saturday (2 December)

LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP
LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP

STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST

The Emirates Lions face Irish outfit Ulster for their final tour match in Round 5 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick-off is at 21:35 (SA time) on Friday evening at Kingspan Stadium.

STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST
STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST

NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN

The Emirates Lions will on Saturday trial a new-look half back combination when they take on the Scarlets in Wales in Round 4 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Lions boss Ivan van Rooyen has tasked his new pairing of Morne van den Berg (scrumhalf) and Sanele Nohamba (flyhalf) to rally the backline against a Welsh outfit fresh from a win against Cardiff last Saturday.

NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN
NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN

STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO

Emirates Lions Head Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named Morgan Naude and flanker Hanru Sirgel in his starting XV ahead of their Sunday afternoon clash against Benetton Rugby in Round 3 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO
STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO

VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH

Speedster Edwill van der Merwe returns to the Emirates Lions starting XV as they take on Scottish outfit Edinburgh for Round 2 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. The Emirates Lions Player of the Year missed out on selection last week due to injury, but slots right back into his familiar left-wing position after being cleared to play.

VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH
VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH

FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG

Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named an exciting match 23 ahead of his side’s opening Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against two-time finalists the DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG
FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG

PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS

The Lions Rugby Company have announced the appointment of Barend Pieterse as the new Emirates Lions forwards and lineout coach.

PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS
PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS

STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS

Former Springbok and two-time British and Irish Lions series winner Morne Steyn joins the Emirates Lions ahead of the 2023/24 Vodacom United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup season.

STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS
STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS

VODACOM URC RELEASES FIXTURES 102 days before Kick-OFF

With 102 days until the new Vodacom United Rugby Championship season kicks off the league can confirm its fixture schedule in full for the 2023/24 campaign.

VODACOM URC RELEASES FIXTURES 102 days before Kick-OFF
VODACOM URC RELEASES FIXTURES 102 days before Kick-OFF

HORN CLAIMS URC IRONMAN AWARD

Emirates Lions fullback Quan Horn claimed Vodacom United Rugby Championship’s esteem award of IRONMAN. The youngster, who has become a rock in his team’s last line of defence, continues to consistently put up standout performances in the international competition.

HORN CLAIMS URC IRONMAN AWARD
HORN CLAIMS URC IRONMAN AWARD

STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG

The Emirates Lions take on Irish club Leinster in the second match of this weekend’s Vodacom United Rugby Championship double header of fixtures taking place at Emirates Airline Park. The Vodacom Bulls take on Zebra Parma of Italy in the match before at 13:00, in what will be a full day of rugby at the iconic stadium.

STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG
STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG

LIONS RELY ON MOMENTUM IN TREVISO FOR BENETTON URC CLASH

The Emirates Lions face Italian outfit Benetton Rugby at Stadio Monigo this Saturday in Round 16 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Nineth placed Benetton and eleventh placed Emirates Lions are both fighting for a top 8 finish in the competition, with two rounds remaining after Saturday.

LIONS RELY ON MOMENTUM IN TREVISO FOR BENETTON URC CLASH
LIONS RELY ON MOMENTUM IN TREVISO FOR BENETTON URC CLASH

COETZEE, CAIRNS, SCHOEMAN FEATURE FOR LIONS AHEAD OF MBOMBELA VISIT

Fidelity ADT Lions forwards guru Wessel Roux believes his team can latch onto a few positives despite going down 28-44 to DHL Western Province last weekend in their Currie Cup opener.

COETZEE, CAIRNS, SCHOEMAN FEATURE FOR LIONS AHEAD OF MBOMBELA VISIT
COETZEE, CAIRNS, SCHOEMAN FEATURE FOR LIONS AHEAD OF MBOMBELA VISIT

EMIRATES LIONS AND VODACOM BULLS UNITE TO HOST DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKENDS

The Emirates Lions, Vodacom Bulls, Leinster Rugby, Zebre Parma and the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) have come together in the spirit of united rugby to serve fans and lovers of enthralling sportainment in Gauteng, with a rugby feast to remember.

EMIRATES LIONS AND VODACOM BULLS UNITE TO HOST DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKENDS
EMIRATES LIONS AND VODACOM BULLS UNITE TO HOST DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKENDS

LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY

The Emirates Lions travel across the Jukskei this Saturday when they take on the Vodacom Bulls in their Round 15 clash of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Loftus Versfeld in the country’s capital.

LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY
LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY

HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH

The Emirates Lions continue to enjoy the pleasure of playing on their home turf at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday for their rescheduled Round 6 fixture Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against Scottish outfit Glasgow Warriors.

HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH
HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH

LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT

The Emirates Lions return to Emirates Airline Park this Saturday for their Round 14 Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against the Cell C Sharks.

LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT
LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT

EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH

The Emirates Lions take on Irish club Connacht Rugby in Round 13 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at the Sportsground in Galway this Saturday evening.

EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH
EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH

“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN

The Emirates Lions went down 33-3 to Irish outfit Munster in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Championship at Musgrave Park in Cork. Trailing by just nine points at the halftime break, both teams had to navigate gusty winds coupled by non-stop rain for atleast 50 minutes of the encounter.

“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN
“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN

DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER

Emile van Heerden will make his debut this Friday at Musgrave Park as the Emirates Lions take on Irish outfit Munster in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC). The exciting young recruit takes his place in the number 7 jumper alongside Jarod Cairns and Emmanuel Tshituka.

DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER
DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER

EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR

Emirates Lions Head Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named a 29-man touring squad for his team’s upcoming fixtures in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup.

EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR

Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband

The Emirates Lions make the trip to the Mother City this weekend to face current champions DHL Stormers in Round 11 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship on New Year's Eve at the DHL Stadium.

Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband
Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband

NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY

The Emirates Lions travel to Durban this Friday to face the Cell C Sharks for Round 10 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick-off is at 17:00. The men from Doornfontein head into this game on the back of a four-match unbeaten streak at home in all competition and will look to take that momentum into the local derby.

NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY
NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY

BONUS POINT VICTORY FOR LIONS AT THE PARK

The Emirates Lions completed a 32-15 bonus-point victory over the Scarlets from Wales on Sunday afternoon in Round 9 of the United Rugby Championship at a scorching Emirates Airline Park.

BONUS POINT VICTORY FOR LIONS AT THE PARK
BONUS POINT VICTORY FOR LIONS AT THE PARK

LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH

Springbok Jaco Kriel returns to the starting XV after a lengthy period on the sidelines.

LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH
LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH

MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS

Speedster Rabz Maxwane makes a return to the Emirates Lions Match 23 for the first time this season.

MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS
MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS

Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby

The Emirates Lions went down 31-22 to the DHL Stormers at Emirates Lions Park in Round 7 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this past Saturday.

Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby
Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby

One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby

The Emirates Lions have made one forced change ahead of their local United Rugby Championship derby against DHL Stormers.

One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby
One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby

Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions

The Emirates Lions have announced young Jordan Hendrikse as their starting ten for Saturday’s Round 6 fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Emirates Airline Park.

Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions
Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions

Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash

The Emirates Lions have announced the return of Willem ‘The Bone Collector’ Alberts to the starting XV as they take on Irish giants Ulster.

Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash
Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash

Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match

Explosive loose-forward Ruan Venter makes his return to the Emirates Lions starting XV this Friday for his team's final Vodacom United Rugby Championship tour match against Edinburgh on Friday.

Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match
Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match

Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales

The Emirates Lions notched up their second win of their 3-week tour against Cardiff Rugby on Friday night.

Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales
Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales

Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff

The Emirates Lions will look at clinching their second win on tour when they take on Cardiff Rugby in Round 3 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this Friday at Cardiff Arms Park.

Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff
Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff

“I’m really proud of the effort & character’ – Van Rooyen

The Emirates Lions claimed their first tour victory against Welsh outfit Ospreys at Swansea.com Stadium in Swansea on Saturday night.

“I’m really proud of the effort & character’ – Van Rooyen
“I’m really proud of the effort & character’ – Van Rooyen

Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash

Emirates Lions have named their match 23 for their Vodacom United Rugby Championship fixture against Welsh side Ospreys at the Swansea.com stadium.

Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash
Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash

Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions

The Emirates Lions will host the Vodacom Bulls in their opening fixture of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this Saturday at Emirates Airline Park

Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions
Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions

EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed

The Emirates Lions will be making a historic first appearance in the upcoming EPCR competition later this year.

EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed
EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed

Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint

Jordan Hendrikse expressed his delight on joining the Blitzboks.

Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint
Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint

More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash

Instrumental lock forward Reinhard Nothnagel wears the captain's armband in a fixture where the Johannesburg-based outfit will aim to finish on a high in Newport.

More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash
More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash

Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons

Lock Reinhard Nothnagel leads the Emirates Lions for his team's final Vodacom United Rugby Championship match in Wales.

Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons
Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons

LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE

The Emirates Lions announced their match 23 to face Italian club Benetton Rugby this Saturday in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park.

LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE
LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE

Odendaal Back Against Connacht

Captain Burger Odendaal will don the number 12 jersey this Saturday the Emirates Lions take on Irish team, Connacht at Emirates Airline Park in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

Odendaal Back Against Connacht
Odendaal Back Against Connacht

Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions

The Emirates Lions will look to make it five in a row when they face the Cell C Sharks in Durban this Saturday in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions
Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions

Lions Make it Four in a Row

The Emirates Lions made it four in a row against international opposition when they overcame Scottish giants Edinburgh in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park.

Lions Make it Four in a Row
Lions Make it Four in a Row

My Job is to Score Tries

Fans don't realise it but we really appreciate their support from the stands. Ultimately as players we do it for them.

My Job is to Score Tries
My Job is to Score Tries

Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has named loosehead prop JP Smith to start for his team's encounter against Scottish outfit Edinburgh in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday.

Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel
Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel

Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys

The Emirates Lions are set to unleash the Tshituka brothers against Ospreys this Friday night in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park.

Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys
Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys

Sangweni in for Injured Kriel

Burger Odendaal takes over the captaincy reigns in the absence of Jaco Kriel for the Emirates Lions when they take on Munster this weekend.

Sangweni in for Injured Kriel
Sangweni in for Injured Kriel

Welcome return for Nothnagel

Sunday’s clash takes place four months after the original fixture was postponed amid Covid-19 concerns.

Welcome return for Nothnagel
Welcome return for Nothnagel

Lions come close to upsetting Leinster

Lions come close to upsetting Leinster
Lions come close to upsetting Leinster

Venter, Horn to Face Leinster

Team Announcement | Emirates Lions & Lions u20 | VURC | SA Rugby u20 Cup

Venter, Horn to Face Leinster
Venter, Horn to Face Leinster

Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka

Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka
Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka

Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions

Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions
Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions

Cardiff, Munster heading to Johannesburg

Cardiff, Munster heading to Johannesburg
Cardiff, Munster heading to Johannesburg

A much improved effort – Van Rooyen

The Emirates Lions next face the DHL Stormers on 12 February at Emirates Airline Park.

A much improved effort – Van Rooyen
A much improved effort – Van Rooyen

Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg

Emirates Lions team release ahead of return leg of the VURC fixture against the Vodacom Bulls.

Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg
Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg

Assuming the Playmaker Role

We catch up with Emirates Lions flyhalf Fred Zeilinga.

Assuming the Playmaker Role
Assuming the Playmaker Role

Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby

Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls | Vodacom URC | Match Report

Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby
Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby

Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby

Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls | Vodacom URC | Team Announcement | Emirates Airline Park | 15:00

Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby
Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby

An Emirates Airline Park Try Festival

Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks | Vodacom URC | Round 8 | Match Report

An Emirates Airline Park Try Festival
An Emirates Airline Park Try Festival

JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS

The Emirates Lions name their match day 23 to face the Cell C Sharks on Saturday, 22 January at Emirates Airline Park. Kick-off is at 15:00.

JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS
JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS

VISAGIE LEADS LIONS IN CRUCIAL KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE CUP CLASH

The Jaco Visagie led Emirates Lions are in action this Saturday in Treviso against Italian outfit Benetton in a Round of 16 clash of the EPCR Challenge Cup. Kick-off at the Stadio Monigo is at 18:30 (SA time)

VISAGIE LEADS LIONS IN CRUCIAL KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE CUP CLASH
VISAGIE LEADS LIONS IN CRUCIAL KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE CUP CLASH

VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH

The Emirates Lions will look to capitalise on last weekend’s historic victory in Galway when they take on Welsh side Ospreys in Round 13 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship in Swansea this Saturday.

VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH
VAN VUUREN IN, FIFTY FOR VAN DER MERWE FOR LIONS OSPREYS CLASH

NTLABAKHANYE COPS THREE-WEEK SUSPENSION

The Disciplinary process related to Asenathi Nltabakanye Red Card in the BKT United Rugby Championship Round 12 game against Connacht on Saturday, March 24 has resulted in an three game suspension.

NTLABAKHANYE COPS THREE-WEEK SUSPENSION
NTLABAKHANYE COPS THREE-WEEK SUSPENSION

LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH

The Emirates Lions face up to Irish outfit Connacht in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship hoping to be the first South African franchise to get the better of the men from Galway this Saturday.

LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH
LIONS READY FOR A TOUGH, HOSTILE EVENING IN GALWAY FOR CONNACHT CLASH

LIONS LAND MIDAS AS NEW SPONSOR

The Lions have welcomed well known South African brand Midas as their new associate sponsor. The partnership runs for a three- and-a- half-year period and will see the Midas logo appear on the match shorts of all Lions senior teams.

2nd Mar 2024

Press Release

LIONS LAND MIDAS AS NEW SPONSOR
LIONS LAND MIDAS AS NEW SPONSOR

STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen makes strategic changes to his half-back pairing ahead of the pivotal Round 11 showdown against the Hollywoodbets Sharks in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Catch the action in Johannesburg at 15:00.

STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.
STARTS FOR HENDRIKSE, PRETORIUS AS LIONS HOST SHARKS IN URC DERBY.

IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY

The Emirates Lions host the Vodacom Bulls for the return leg of the Jukskei Derby in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick off at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday is at 15:00.

IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY
IT’S JOHANNESBURG VS PRETORIA IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED JUKSKEI DERBY

LIONS, CANSA JOIN HANDS FOR CANCER AWARENESS

The Johannesburg-based rugby franchise together with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) will on 17 February 2024 host the 22nd edition of the popular Shavathon initiative to be hosted at Emirates Airline Park.

LIONS, CANSA JOIN HANDS FOR CANCER AWARENESS
LIONS, CANSA JOIN HANDS FOR CANCER AWARENESS

PROMISING LIONS PROP CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER

A career-ending medical condition has forced talented loosehead prop Rhynardt Rijnsburger to retire from the sport.

PROMISING LIONS PROP CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER
PROMISING LIONS PROP CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER

EMIRATES LIONS PREPARE FOR PHYSICAL URC JUKSKEI CLASH

The Emirates Lions make the trip across the Jukskei this Saturday for Round 9 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship against the Vodacom Bulls. Victory for the men from Johannesburg this weekend could see them shift into the play-off spot zone, something head coach Ivan van Rooyen hopes could build confidence ahead of a gruelling local derby calendar.

EMIRATES LIONS PREPARE FOR PHYSICAL URC JUKSKEI CLASH
EMIRATES LIONS PREPARE FOR PHYSICAL URC JUKSKEI CLASH

WOLHUTER IN LINE FOR LIONS DEBUT, DREYER RETURNS FOR CHALLENGE CUP

The Emirates Lions head into Round 4 of the EPCR Challenge Cup for an encounter against Welsh outfit Ospreys in what will be the Johannesburg side’s first home fixture of 2024. After the disappointment of last week’s defeat against Pool B leaders Montpellier, Ivan van Rooyen’s men will be looking at achieving a positive result in front of the Lions faithful this Sunday afternoon at Emirates Airline Park.

WOLHUTER IN LINE FOR LIONS DEBUT, DREYER RETURNS FOR CHALLENGE CUP
WOLHUTER IN LINE FOR LIONS DEBUT, DREYER RETURNS FOR CHALLENGE CUP

TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AS LIONS TAKE ON MONTPELLIER IN CHALLENGE CUP DUEL

It’s one vs two in Round 3 of the EPCR Challenge Cup this Saturday night as the Emirates Lions take on Pool 2 leaders Montpellier.

TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AS LIONS TAKE ON MONTPELLIER IN CHALLENGE CUP DUEL
TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AS LIONS TAKE ON MONTPELLIER IN CHALLENGE CUP DUEL

LIONS DEBUTS FOR OOSTHUIZEN, ROETS, HANSEN AND CRONJE FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP OPENER

The Emirates Lions will open their 2023/24 EPCR Challenge Cup account against French outfit USA Perpignan this Sunday at the Stade Aimé Giral.

LIONS DEBUTS FOR OOSTHUIZEN, ROETS, HANSEN AND CRONJE FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP OPENER
LIONS DEBUTS FOR OOSTHUIZEN, ROETS, HANSEN AND CRONJE FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP OPENER

LIONS NAME 26 PLAYERS FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP TRIP

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has named the 26 players who will do duty for him in France for his sides’ first Investec Challenge Cup outing of the 2023/24 season against Perpignan this Sunday.

LIONS NAME 26 PLAYERS FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP TRIP
LIONS NAME 26 PLAYERS FOR PERPIGNAN CHALLENGE CUP TRIP

LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS

Emirates Lions mentor Ivan van Rooyen has named an unchanged match 23 to take on Dragons RFC in Round 7 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airlines Park this Saturday.

LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS
LIONS NAME AN UNCHANGED 23 FOR DRAGONS

LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP

The Emirates Lions are back at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday where they will take on Zebre Parma in Round 6 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Fresh from a 4-week tour of Europe, the Joburg-based side will be eager to collect maximum points at home against the Italians, followed by a visit by the Dragons next Saturday (2 December)

LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP
LIONS BACK HOME ON THE HUNT FOR A ZEBRE SCALP

LIONS RUGBY MOURN THE DEATH OF HANNES STRYDOM

The Lions Rugby Company has learnt with great sadness the passing of former Lions and Springbok lock Hannes Strydom. The 1995 World Cup winner passed away in a car accident on Sunday evening.

20th Nov 2023

Press Release

LIONS RUGBY MOURN THE DEATH OF HANNES STRYDOM
LIONS RUGBY MOURN THE DEATH OF HANNES STRYDOM

STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST

The Emirates Lions face Irish outfit Ulster for their final tour match in Round 5 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick-off is at 21:35 (SA time) on Friday evening at Kingspan Stadium.

STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST
STARTS FOR NTLABAKANYE, ALBERTS IN LIONS’ FINAL TOUR MATCH IN BELFAST

NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN

The Emirates Lions will on Saturday trial a new-look half back combination when they take on the Scarlets in Wales in Round 4 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Lions boss Ivan van Rooyen has tasked his new pairing of Morne van den Berg (scrumhalf) and Sanele Nohamba (flyhalf) to rally the backline against a Welsh outfit fresh from a win against Cardiff last Saturday.

NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN
NEW HALF BACK COMBO FOR LIONS IN QUEST FOR FIRST SEASON WIN

STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO

Emirates Lions Head Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named Morgan Naude and flanker Hanru Sirgel in his starting XV ahead of their Sunday afternoon clash against Benetton Rugby in Round 3 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO
STARTS FOR NAUDE, SIRGEL FOR LIONS’ ITALIAN JOB IN TREVISO

LIONS STAR INSPIRES LEARNERS AT SKATEISTAN

Sibusiso Sangweni, loose forward for the Emirates Lions, delivered an emotional presentation to the children at the Skateistan 2023 Career Expo. During the presentation, Sangweni shared his journey towards becoming a professional rugby player while pursuing a degree in psychology.

31st Oct 2023

Press Release

LIONS STAR INSPIRES LEARNERS AT SKATEISTAN
LIONS STAR INSPIRES LEARNERS AT SKATEISTAN

VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH

Speedster Edwill van der Merwe returns to the Emirates Lions starting XV as they take on Scottish outfit Edinburgh for Round 2 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. The Emirates Lions Player of the Year missed out on selection last week due to injury, but slots right back into his familiar left-wing position after being cleared to play.

VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH
VAN DER MERWE RETURNS FOR THE BATTLE IN EDINBURGH

LIONS WELCOME KINGSLEY BEVERAGES AS NEW SPORTS DRINK PARTNER

The Lions Rugby Company is pleased to announce a significant partnership with Kingsley Beverages (Pty) Ltd, solidifying Isorade as the official sport drink.

23rd Oct 2023

Press Release

LIONS WELCOME KINGSLEY BEVERAGES AS NEW SPORTS DRINK PARTNER
LIONS WELCOME KINGSLEY BEVERAGES AS NEW SPORTS DRINK PARTNER

FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG

Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named an exciting match 23 ahead of his side’s opening Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against two-time finalists the DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG
FIFTY UP FOR BOTHA, KRIEL DEBUTS IN LIONS URC SEASON OPENER IN JOHANNESBURG

LIONS RUGBY WELCOMES BSL GLOBAL TO THE PRIDE

The Lions Rugby Company has announced networking firm BSL Global as their new associate sponsor ahead of the 2023/24 season. The three-year partnership sees BSL global appear on the playing shorts as well as other inventory within the franchise’s stable.

24th Sep 2023

Press Release

LIONS RUGBY WELCOMES BSL GLOBAL TO THE PRIDE
LIONS RUGBY WELCOMES BSL GLOBAL TO THE PRIDE

FORMER BOK PROP LAUDS 7-1 SPLIT

As a member of the forwards club, former Springbok tighthead prop Julian Redelinghuys has nothing but praise for Jacques Nienaber’s trending bench split innovation - especially with the number of forwards it comprises!

22nd Sep 2023

Press Release

FORMER BOK PROP LAUDS 7-1 SPLIT
FORMER BOK PROP LAUDS 7-1 SPLIT

VAN DER MERWE SCOOPS LIONS MVP

The Emirates Lions speedster was on Sunday voted the Emirates Player of the Year for the 2022/23 season. The try-scoring machine also picked up the Players' Player award, a category voted for by his fellow teammates.

22nd Sep 2023

Press Release

VAN DER MERWE SCOOPS LIONS MVP
VAN DER MERWE SCOOPS LIONS MVP

LIONS SECURE INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE DEAL

The Lions Rugby Company has announced international automobile manufacturer Chery as their official vehicle partner. The partnership was announced at the Lions Family Day hosted at Emirates Airline Park in the presence of members and players.

19th Sep 2023

Press Release

LIONS SECURE INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE DEAL
LIONS SECURE INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE DEAL

PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS

The Lions Rugby Company have announced the appointment of Barend Pieterse as the new Emirates Lions forwards and lineout coach.

PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS
PIETERSE THE WAY FORWARD FOR LIONS

STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS

Former Springbok and two-time British and Irish Lions series winner Morne Steyn joins the Emirates Lions ahead of the 2023/24 Vodacom United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup season.

STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS
STEYN SIGNS FOR LIONS

VODACOM URC RELEASES FIXTURES 102 days before Kick-OFF

With 102 days until the new Vodacom United Rugby Championship season kicks off the league can confirm its fixture schedule in full for the 2023/24 campaign.

VODACOM URC RELEASES FIXTURES 102 days before Kick-OFF
VODACOM URC RELEASES FIXTURES 102 days before Kick-OFF

HEAVYWEIGHT CLASHES TO SAVOUR FOR 2023/24 SEASON AS EPCR POOL DRAWS COMPLETED

The first key step in preparation for the 2023/24 EPCR season was taken today (Wednesday 21 June) when the pool draws for the Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup were staged at the superbly-appointed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

HEAVYWEIGHT CLASHES TO SAVOUR FOR 2023/24 SEASON AS EPCR POOL DRAWS COMPLETED
HEAVYWEIGHT CLASHES TO SAVOUR FOR 2023/24 SEASON AS EPCR POOL DRAWS COMPLETED

2023/24 EPCR TOURNAMENT FORMATS ANNOUNCED

Following a spectacularly successful season which included the historic introduction of the top South African clubs into its tournaments, record-breaking attendances and a memorable Finals Weekend, EPCR is pleased to announce new formats for the 2023/24 Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup.

2023/24 EPCR TOURNAMENT FORMATS ANNOUNCED
2023/24 EPCR TOURNAMENT FORMATS ANNOUNCED

EPCR POOL DRAWS FOR 2023/24 SEASON

The pool draws for the 2023/24 Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup tournaments will be staged at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Wednesday 21 June.

EPCR POOL DRAWS FOR 2023/24 SEASON
EPCR POOL DRAWS FOR 2023/24 SEASON

LIONS LEND HELPING HAND TO CHOLERA-HIT HAMMANSKRAAL

The Lions, in partnership with the Gift of the Givers Foundation, recently visited the cholera-hit area of Hammanskraal to deliver much needed relief in the form of bottled water. Jordan Hendrikse, Jarod Cairns and Sibusiso Sangweni from the Lions were on hand to aid residents with water resources, sourced directly from the Emirates Airline Park water plant.

13th Jun 2023

Press Release, Team News

LIONS LEND HELPING HAND TO CHOLERA-HIT HAMMANSKRAAL
LIONS LEND HELPING HAND TO CHOLERA-HIT HAMMANSKRAAL

FIDELITY ADT LIONS END CURRIE CAMPAIGN ON A HIGH

The Fidelity ADT Lions claimed a 39-22 bonus-point win against the NovaVit Griffons in Welkom on Friday as they wrapped up their 2023 Currie Cup campaign.

12th Jun 2023

Currie Cup, Press Release

FIDELITY ADT LIONS END CURRIE CAMPAIGN ON A HIGH
FIDELITY ADT LIONS END CURRIE CAMPAIGN ON A HIGH

END OF PLAY-OFF DREAM FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS

It was a disappointing trip to Durban for the Fidelity ADT Lions as the Cell C Sharks overcame a poor start to clinch the Round 13 fixture 29-21 and secure a top spot in the Premier Division standings with their seventh-consecutive win in the competition

END OF PLAY-OFF DREAM FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS
END OF PLAY-OFF DREAM FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS

VAN DER MERWE, VENTER DOUBLES SEAL WIN FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN ATHLONE

The Fidelity ADT Lions scored four tries in the 32-12 win against DHL WP on Friday to keep their hopes alive in competition where play-off positions have reached crunch time.

VAN DER MERWE, VENTER DOUBLES SEAL WIN FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN ATHLONE
VAN DER MERWE, VENTER DOUBLES SEAL WIN FOR FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN ATHLONE

HORN CLAIMS URC IRONMAN AWARD

Emirates Lions fullback Quan Horn claimed Vodacom United Rugby Championship’s esteem award of IRONMAN. The youngster, who has become a rock in his team’s last line of defence, continues to consistently put up standout performances in the international competition.

HORN CLAIMS URC IRONMAN AWARD
HORN CLAIMS URC IRONMAN AWARD

DEAD-EYE NOHAMBA LEADS FIDELITY ADT LIONS TO VICTORY OVER TOYOTA CHEETAHS

The Alice-born Nohamba contributed 18 points as the Fidelity ADT Lions powered to a 33-26 win over the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

13th May 2023

Currie Cup, Press Release

DEAD-EYE NOHAMBA LEADS FIDELITY ADT LIONS TO VICTORY OVER TOYOTA CHEETAHS
DEAD-EYE NOHAMBA LEADS FIDELITY ADT LIONS TO VICTORY OVER TOYOTA CHEETAHS

SPIRITED EFFORT BY FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN KIMBERLEY

Windhoek Draught Griquas held on to claim a 25-21 victory over the Fidelity ADT Lions in Kimberley on Friday. The hosts suffered a couple of early setbacks when they conceded a penalty try in the 22nd minute and Sako Makata was sent to the sin bin. Despite the one-man disadvantage, they rallied to finish the half with a 19-7 lead.

5th May 2023

Currie Cup, Press Release

SPIRITED EFFORT BY FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN KIMBERLEY
SPIRITED EFFORT BY FIDELITY ADT LIONS IN KIMBERLEY

VAN DEN BERG BIDS FAREWELL TO THE LIONS

Emirates Lions Forwards and Lineouts coach Albert van den Berg has opted not to renew his contract with the Lions Rugby Company.

26th Apr 2023

Press Release, Team News

VAN DEN BERG BIDS FAREWELL TO THE LIONS
VAN DEN BERG BIDS FAREWELL TO THE LIONS

STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG

The Emirates Lions take on Irish club Leinster in the second match of this weekend’s Vodacom United Rugby Championship double header of fixtures taking place at Emirates Airline Park. The Vodacom Bulls take on Zebra Parma of Italy in the match before at 13:00, in what will be a full day of rugby at the iconic stadium.

STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG
STARTS FOR RIJNSBURGER, DELPORT IN LIONS’ DOUBLE HEADER SATURDAY IN JOHANNESBURG

LIONS WELCOME RACING 92 FOR EPCR CHALLENGE CUP KNOCKOUT GAME.

The Emirates Lions welcome French giants Racing 92 in their Round of 16 crunch match of the EPCR Challenge Cup at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday. Kick off is at 18:30 SA time.

LIONS WELCOME RACING 92 FOR EPCR CHALLENGE CUP KNOCKOUT GAME.
LIONS WELCOME RACING 92 FOR EPCR CHALLENGE CUP KNOCKOUT GAME.

LIONS AWAIT SHARKS IN CURRIE CUP DUEL IN JOBURG

The Fidelity ADT Lions are in action this Saturday at Emirates Airline Park against the Cell C Sharks in Round 4 of the Currie Cup. Kick-off is at 15:30.

LIONS AWAIT SHARKS IN CURRIE CUP DUEL IN JOBURG
LIONS AWAIT SHARKS IN CURRIE CUP DUEL IN JOBURG

LIONS RELY ON MOMENTUM IN TREVISO FOR BENETTON URC CLASH

The Emirates Lions face Italian outfit Benetton Rugby at Stadio Monigo this Saturday in Round 16 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Nineth placed Benetton and eleventh placed Emirates Lions are both fighting for a top 8 finish in the competition, with two rounds remaining after Saturday.

LIONS RELY ON MOMENTUM IN TREVISO FOR BENETTON URC CLASH
LIONS RELY ON MOMENTUM IN TREVISO FOR BENETTON URC CLASH

COETZEE, CAIRNS, SCHOEMAN FEATURE FOR LIONS AHEAD OF MBOMBELA VISIT

Fidelity ADT Lions forwards guru Wessel Roux believes his team can latch onto a few positives despite going down 28-44 to DHL Western Province last weekend in their Currie Cup opener.

COETZEE, CAIRNS, SCHOEMAN FEATURE FOR LIONS AHEAD OF MBOMBELA VISIT
COETZEE, CAIRNS, SCHOEMAN FEATURE FOR LIONS AHEAD OF MBOMBELA VISIT

EMIRATES LIONS AND VODACOM BULLS UNITE TO HOST DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKENDS

The Emirates Lions, Vodacom Bulls, Leinster Rugby, Zebre Parma and the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC) have come together in the spirit of united rugby to serve fans and lovers of enthralling sportainment in Gauteng, with a rugby feast to remember.

EMIRATES LIONS AND VODACOM BULLS UNITE TO HOST DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKENDS
EMIRATES LIONS AND VODACOM BULLS UNITE TO HOST DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKENDS

LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY

The Emirates Lions travel across the Jukskei this Saturday when they take on the Vodacom Bulls in their Round 15 clash of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Loftus Versfeld in the country’s capital.

LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY
LIONS ROAR WITH CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF URC JUKSKEI DERBY

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY LIONS RUGBY COMPANY AND MYPLAYERS

MyPlayers- The Rugby Players' Organisation and the Lions Rugby Company recently met to discuss the roll-out and subsequent feedback process of their provincial Sport Psychological Fitness (SPF) assessment initiative.

26th Feb 2023

Press Release, Team News

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY LIONS RUGBY COMPANY AND MYPLAYERS
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY LIONS RUGBY COMPANY AND MYPLAYERS

FIDELITY ADT STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH LIONS RUGBY

Fidelity Services Group, Southern Africa’s largest integrated security solutions provider and the industry leader in protection innovation, is delighted to have strengthened its ties with the Lions Rugby Company in what is a major boost for the franchise.

24th Feb 2023

Currie Cup, Press Release

FIDELITY ADT STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH LIONS RUGBY
FIDELITY ADT STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH LIONS RUGBY

HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH

The Emirates Lions continue to enjoy the pleasure of playing on their home turf at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday for their rescheduled Round 6 fixture Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against Scottish outfit Glasgow Warriors.

HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH
HORN BACK FOR RESCHEDULED URC LIONS vs GLASGOW CLASH

LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT

The Emirates Lions return to Emirates Airline Park this Saturday for their Round 14 Vodacom United Rugby Championship encounter against the Cell C Sharks.

LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT
LIONS BACK AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK FOR SHARKS VISIT

LIONS SECURE THE CAPITAL ACCOMMODATION DEAL

The Lions Rugby Company is proud to welcome The Capital Hotel & Apartments as the official accommodation partner.

2nd Feb 2023

Press Release, Team News

LIONS SECURE THE CAPITAL ACCOMMODATION DEAL
LIONS SECURE THE CAPITAL ACCOMMODATION DEAL

Springboks to face Argentina on 29 July 2023 at Emirates Airline Park.

The Springboks will kick off a bumper 2023 season against Australia in Pretoria in July in the opening round of the shortened Castle Lager Rugby Championship and will face Argentina in Johannesburg in their final match on home soil before the build-up to their Rugby World Cup defence starts.

1st Feb 2023

Press Release, Team News

Springboks to face Argentina on 29 July 2023 at Emirates Airline Park.
Springboks to face Argentina on 29 July 2023 at Emirates Airline Park.

EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH

The Emirates Lions take on Irish club Connacht Rugby in Round 13 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at the Sportsground in Galway this Saturday evening.

EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH
EMIRATES LIONS LOOK TO FINISH TOUR ON HIGH IN URC CONNACHT CLASH

EMIRATES LIONS MARCH TO CHALLENGE CUP ROUND OF 16

The Emirates Lions have booked their place in the Round of 16 of the EPCR Challenge Cup in dramatic fashion. This was a result of a nail-biting 30-25 finish on Sunday against Dragons RFC who also qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

EMIRATES LIONS MARCH TO CHALLENGE CUP ROUND OF 16
EMIRATES LIONS MARCH TO CHALLENGE CUP ROUND OF 16

HENDRIKSE BACK FOR LIONS’ DRAGONS CHALLENGE

The Emirates Lions take on Dragons RFC this Sunday in Round 4 of the EPCR Challenge Cup at the Rodney Parade stadium in Newport.

HENDRIKSE BACK FOR LIONS’ DRAGONS CHALLENGE
HENDRIKSE BACK FOR LIONS’ DRAGONS CHALLENGE

DEBUTS FOR PRETORIUS, RIJNSBURGER AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP AFFAIR IN PARIS

The Emirates Lions continue their EPCR Challenge Cup journey when they take on French outfit Stade Francais this Saturday at the Stade Jean Bouin stadium in Paris. Undefeated in the competition, the team from Ellis Park will look to improving their recent run of results with a positive outcome against the Pink Army.

DEBUTS FOR PRETORIUS, RIJNSBURGER AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP AFFAIR IN PARIS
DEBUTS FOR PRETORIUS, RIJNSBURGER AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP AFFAIR IN PARIS

“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN

The Emirates Lions went down 33-3 to Irish outfit Munster in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Championship at Musgrave Park in Cork. Trailing by just nine points at the halftime break, both teams had to navigate gusty winds coupled by non-stop rain for atleast 50 minutes of the encounter.

“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN
“WE NEED TO GET BACK ONTO THE HORSE AND MAKE IT COUNT”- VAN ROOYEN

DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER

Emile van Heerden will make his debut this Friday at Musgrave Park as the Emirates Lions take on Irish outfit Munster in Round 12 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (VURC). The exciting young recruit takes his place in the number 7 jumper alongside Jarod Cairns and Emmanuel Tshituka.

DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER
DEBUT FOR VAN HEERDEN AS LIONS FACE MUNSTER

EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR

Emirates Lions Head Coach Ivan van Rooyen has named a 29-man touring squad for his team’s upcoming fixtures in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup.

EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
EMIRATES LIONS ANNOUNCE 29-MAN SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN TOUR

Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband

The Emirates Lions make the trip to the Mother City this weekend to face current champions DHL Stormers in Round 11 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship on New Year's Eve at the DHL Stadium.

Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband
Marius Louw takes the captain’s armband

NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY

The Emirates Lions travel to Durban this Friday to face the Cell C Sharks for Round 10 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Kick-off is at 17:00. The men from Doornfontein head into this game on the back of a four-match unbeaten streak at home in all competition and will look to take that momentum into the local derby.

NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY
NOTHNAGEL BACK TO LEAD LIONS FOR KZN FESTIVE DERBY

HISTORY BECKONS FOR LIONS AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP OPENER

The Emirates Lions will make history this Saturday as the first of two South African teams to participate in the 2022/23 European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) Challenge Cup against the Dragons from Wales at Emirates Airline Park. The Toyota Cheetahs take on Pau in the following match.

HISTORY BECKONS FOR LIONS AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP OPENER
HISTORY BECKONS FOR LIONS AHEAD OF EPCR CHALLENGE CUP OPENER

BONUS POINT VICTORY FOR LIONS AT THE PARK

The Emirates Lions completed a 32-15 bonus-point victory over the Scarlets from Wales on Sunday afternoon in Round 9 of the United Rugby Championship at a scorching Emirates Airline Park.

BONUS POINT VICTORY FOR LIONS AT THE PARK
BONUS POINT VICTORY FOR LIONS AT THE PARK

LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH

Springbok Jaco Kriel returns to the starting XV after a lengthy period on the sidelines.

LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH
LIONS STALWART KRIEL BACK FOR SCARLETS URC CLASH

MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS

Speedster Rabz Maxwane makes a return to the Emirates Lions Match 23 for the first time this season.

MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS
MAXWANE BACK FOR LIONS TO FACE DRAGONS

Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby

The Emirates Lions went down 31-22 to the DHL Stormers at Emirates Lions Park in Round 7 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this past Saturday.

Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby
Lions Face Stormers Second Half Onslaught In URC Derby

One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby

The Emirates Lions have made one forced change ahead of their local United Rugby Championship derby against DHL Stormers.

One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby
One Change For Lions Ahead Of Local URC Derby

Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions

The Emirates Lions have announced young Jordan Hendrikse as their starting ten for Saturday’s Round 6 fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Emirates Airline Park.

Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions
Hendrikse Back At Pivot For Lions

Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash

The Emirates Lions have announced the return of Willem ‘The Bone Collector’ Alberts to the starting XV as they take on Irish giants Ulster.

Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash
Bone Collector Back For Lions URC Ulster Clash

Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match

Explosive loose-forward Ruan Venter makes his return to the Emirates Lions starting XV this Friday for his team's final Vodacom United Rugby Championship tour match against Edinburgh on Friday.

Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match
Venter Returns For Lions In Final URC Tour Match

Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales

The Emirates Lions notched up their second win of their 3-week tour against Cardiff Rugby on Friday night.

Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales
Lions Make It Two From Two In Wales

Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff

The Emirates Lions will look at clinching their second win on tour when they take on Cardiff Rugby in Round 3 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this Friday at Cardiff Arms Park.

Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff
Emirates Lions On The Prowl For Second Win In Cardiff

“I’m really proud of the effort & character’ – Van Rooyen

The Emirates Lions claimed their first tour victory against Welsh outfit Ospreys at Swansea.com Stadium in Swansea on Saturday night.

“I’m really proud of the effort & character’ – Van Rooyen
“I’m really proud of the effort & character’ – Van Rooyen

Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash

Emirates Lions have named their match 23 for their Vodacom United Rugby Championship fixture against Welsh side Ospreys at the Swansea.com stadium.

Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash
Nohamba, Lombard Combine For Ospreys URC Clash

Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions

The Emirates Lions will host the Vodacom Bulls in their opening fixture of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship this Saturday at Emirates Airline Park

Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions
Louw, Coetzee Start For Emirates Lions

22/23 EPCR Draw Confirmed

The Emirates Lions are heading to Paris and the UK for the 22/23 EPCR Challenge Cup season.

22/23 EPCR Draw Confirmed
22/23 EPCR Draw Confirmed

EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed

The Emirates Lions will be making a historic first appearance in the upcoming EPCR competition later this year.

EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed
EPCR tournament formats and qualifiers confirmed

Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint

Jordan Hendrikse expressed his delight on joining the Blitzboks.

Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint
Hendrikse Relishing Sevens Stint

Bestmed and GLRU Announce New Partnership

The deal sees Bestmed journey with the union’s referees until November 2022

2nd Jun 2022

GLRU, Press Release

Bestmed and GLRU Announce New Partnership
Bestmed and GLRU Announce New Partnership

More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash

Instrumental lock forward Reinhard Nothnagel wears the captain's armband in a fixture where the Johannesburg-based outfit will aim to finish on a high in Newport.

More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash
More, van Wyk Combine for Lions’ Final URC Clash

Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons

Lock Reinhard Nothnagel leads the Emirates Lions for his team's final Vodacom United Rugby Championship match in Wales.

Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons
Emirates Lions Squad for Dragons

LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE

The Emirates Lions announced their match 23 to face Italian club Benetton Rugby this Saturday in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park.

LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE
LIONS LOOK TO FINISH STRONG IN FINAL URC HOME FIXTURE

Odendaal Back Against Connacht

Captain Burger Odendaal will don the number 12 jersey this Saturday the Emirates Lions take on Irish team, Connacht at Emirates Airline Park in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

Odendaal Back Against Connacht
Odendaal Back Against Connacht

GLRU pays tribute to Moby Dick

It was with great sadness we heard of the passing of one of the Lions own ‐ a pillar of University and Club Rugby.

20th Apr 2022

Amateur Rugby, GLRU

GLRU pays tribute to Moby Dick
GLRU pays tribute to Moby Dick

Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions

The Emirates Lions will look to make it five in a row when they face the Cell C Sharks in Durban this Saturday in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.

Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions
Du Plessis back for Emirates Lions

Tough Mbombela Outing for Sigma Lions

The Sigma Lions next host the Windhoek Draught Griquas on Good Friday at Emirates Airline Park.

7th Apr 2022

Currie Cup, Match News

Tough Mbombela Outing for Sigma Lions
Tough Mbombela Outing for Sigma Lions

Bocks, Mollentze Combine for Nelspruit Visit

Asenathi Ntlabakanye, fresh from Vodacom United Rugby Championship duty, assumes the captain's armband to lead a pack which features powerhouse lock forward PJ Steenkamp.

Bocks, Mollentze Combine for Nelspruit Visit
Bocks, Mollentze Combine for Nelspruit Visit

Lions Make it Four in a Row

The Emirates Lions made it four in a row against international opposition when they overcame Scottish giants Edinburgh in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park.

Lions Make it Four in a Row
Lions Make it Four in a Row

My Job is to Score Tries

Fans don't realise it but we really appreciate their support from the stands. Ultimately as players we do it for them.

My Job is to Score Tries
My Job is to Score Tries

Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel

Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen has named loosehead prop JP Smith to start for his team's encounter against Scottish outfit Edinburgh in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday.

Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel
Starting Berth for Smith Ahead of Edinburgh Duel

Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys

The Emirates Lions are set to unleash the Tshituka brothers against Ospreys this Friday night in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship at Emirates Airline Park.

Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys
Tshituka Brothers Combine to Face Ospreys

Rugby welcomes 50 percent supporter return

Rugby venues would be permitted to accept up to 50 percent of its capacity for vaccinated or COVID-19 negative attendees.

23rd Mar 2022

Press Release

Rugby welcomes 50 percent supporter return
Rugby welcomes 50 percent supporter return

Sangweni in for Injured Kriel

Burger Odendaal takes over the captaincy reigns in the absence of Jaco Kriel for the Emirates Lions when they take on Munster this weekend.

Sangweni in for Injured Kriel
Sangweni in for Injured Kriel

Welcome return for Nothnagel

Sunday’s clash takes place four months after the original fixture was postponed amid Covid-19 concerns.

Welcome return for Nothnagel
Welcome return for Nothnagel

Lions U20 Welcome DHL WP U20 to the Park

The two teams last met in the 2021 final of the competition which saw the home team clinch a 36-35 victory over their coastal visitors.

Lions U20 Welcome DHL WP U20 to the Park
Lions U20 Welcome DHL WP U20 to the Park

It’s an opportunity to turn our seasons’ results around

It’s an opportunity to turn our seasons’ results around
It’s an opportunity to turn our seasons’ results around

Lions come close to upsetting Leinster

Lions come close to upsetting Leinster
Lions come close to upsetting Leinster

GLRU pays tribute to Soweto Eagles Chairman, Mr. Thando Mhlongo

In paying tribute to Thando, the GLRU would like to acknowledge his immense contribution to Rugby in the Province as he tirelessly sought to level the playing fields and afford opportunities for young players over many years.

28th Feb 2022

Amateur Rugby, GLRU

GLRU pays tribute to Soweto Eagles Chairman, Mr. Thando Mhlongo
GLRU pays tribute to Soweto Eagles Chairman, Mr. Thando Mhlongo

Venter, Horn to Face Leinster

Team Announcement | Emirates Lions & Lions u20 | VURC | SA Rugby u20 Cup

Venter, Horn to Face Leinster
Venter, Horn to Face Leinster

Golden Lions pay tribute to the late Ebrahim Patel

Golden Lions Rugby Union President, Mr. Neville Jardine paid tribute to the first president of the South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) Ebrahim Patel.

22nd Feb 2022

Amateur Rugby, GLRU

Golden Lions pay tribute to the late Ebrahim Patel
Golden Lions pay tribute to the late Ebrahim Patel

Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka

Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka
Statement on Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka

Sigma Lions back for Currie Cup Action

Sigma Lions vs Cell C Sharks team announcement

Sigma Lions back for Currie Cup Action
Sigma Lions back for Currie Cup Action

Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions

Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions
Tshituka, Hendrikse back for Emirates Lions

Cardiff, Munster heading to Johannesburg

Cardiff, Munster heading to Johannesburg
Cardiff, Munster heading to Johannesburg

A much improved effort – Van Rooyen

The Emirates Lions next face the DHL Stormers on 12 February at Emirates Airline Park.

A much improved effort – Van Rooyen
A much improved effort – Van Rooyen

Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg

Emirates Lions team release ahead of return leg of the VURC fixture against the Vodacom Bulls.

Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg
Lions Focus on Positives ahead of Loftus VURC Return Leg

Assuming the Playmaker Role

We catch up with Emirates Lions flyhalf Fred Zeilinga.

Assuming the Playmaker Role
Assuming the Playmaker Role

Peak Condition

Head of athletic performance at the Lions Stefan van Deventer is the man tasked with keeping the Emirates Lions in top physical condition.

2nd Feb 2022

Team News

Peak Condition
Peak Condition

Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby

Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls | Vodacom URC | Match Report

Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby
Vodacom Bulls go one-up in Jukskei Derby

Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby

Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls | Vodacom URC | Team Announcement | Emirates Airline Park | 15:00

Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby
Alberts at lock for URC Jukskei Derby

An Emirates Airline Park Try Festival

Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks | Vodacom URC | Round 8 | Match Report

An Emirates Airline Park Try Festival
An Emirates Airline Park Try Festival

JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS

The Emirates Lions name their match day 23 to face the Cell C Sharks on Saturday, 22 January at Emirates Airline Park. Kick-off is at 15:00.

JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS
JANSEN VAN VUREN RETURNS FOR EMIRATES LIONS

Sigma Lions Name Match 23 for Pumas Clash

Former Junior Springboks Tyler Bocks and Manuel Rass link up in the midfield. Scrumhalf Ginter Smuts starts in the number 9 position to face his old side.

Sigma Lions Name Match 23 for Pumas Clash
Sigma Lions Name Match 23 for Pumas Clash

Ntlabakanye leads Sigma Lions against DHL Western Province

Tight head prop Asenathi Ntlabakanye will captain the Sigma Lions ahead of their first Carling Currie Cup encounter against DHL Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.

Ntlabakanye leads Sigma Lions against DHL Western Province
Ntlabakanye leads Sigma Lions against DHL Western Province

Lions Stalwart Cronje Calls It A Day

Lions and Springbok scrumhalf, Ross Cronje has called time on his professional rugby career.

13th Jan 2022

Press Release, Team News