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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

Currie Cup, Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Sharks muscle past Lions

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

5th Jun 2021

Team News

Sharks muscle past Lions
Sharks muscle past Lions

Consistency key after bye

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

3rd Jun 2021

Team News

Consistency key after bye
Consistency key after bye

Leadership Within the Team

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

2nd Jun 2021

Team News

Leadership Within the Team
Leadership Within the Team

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

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

27th May 2021

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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

Team News

First home game for Lions
First home game for Lions

Four tries not enough

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

8th May 2021

Team News

Four tries not enough
Four tries not enough

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks

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

6th May 2021

Team News

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

Slow start to Rainbow Cup SA for Lions

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

1st May 2021

Team News

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

Lions ready to take the next step

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

18th Mar 2021

Team News

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

Lions Rugby Co Announcement: Elton Jantjies

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

13th Apr 2021

Team News

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

Lions opt for experience

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

22nd Apr 2021

Team News

Lions opt for experience
Lions opt for experience

Lions Injury Update

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

16th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions Injury Update
Lions Injury Update

Prop Smith bids Lions farewell

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

15th Mar 2021

Team News

Prop Smith bids Lions farewell
Prop Smith bids Lions farewell

Leading comes easy for Nothies

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

12th Mar 2021

Team News

Leading comes easy for Nothies
Leading comes easy for Nothies

Lions win hard fought battle

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

10th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions win hard fought battle
Lions win hard fought battle

Young Lions talent on show in PE

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

8th Mar 2021

Team News

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

Origin of Jukskei leads Ellis Park bottled water

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

5th Mar 2021

Team News

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

Former Lion in biggest challenge ever

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

3rd Mar 2021

Team News

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

The 2021 Women’s World Cup Postponed

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

3rd Mar 2021

Team News

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

True grit by young Lions side

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

26th Feb 2021

Team News

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

Nothnagel to lead against Pumas

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

23rd Feb 2021

Team News

Nothnagel to lead against Pumas
Nothnagel to lead against Pumas

Tried and tested for semi

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

26th Feb 2021

Team News

Tried and tested for semi
Tried and tested for semi

Tiaan, Willem top stats log for Lions

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

26th Feb 2021

Team News

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

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

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

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

Currie Cup, Team News

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

Golden Lions Rugby Union debut Memorial Cup and Shield competitions

The Golden Lions Rugby Union saw it fit to introduce two new rugby competitions namely the Memorial and Shield Cups in memory of those in the club rugby and overall rugby community who have experienced hardships.

7th Jan 2022

Amateur Rugby

Golden Lions Rugby Union debut Memorial Cup and Shield competitions
Golden Lions Rugby Union debut Memorial Cup and Shield competitions

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Women’s First Division Final: Lions vs Cheetahs

This weekend the Mastercard Golden Lions Women’s team will host the Free State Cheetahs in the First Division Final at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

Women’s First Division Final: Lions vs Cheetahs
Women’s First Division Final: Lions vs Cheetahs

GLRU announces strategic MOU with ASM

It is envisaged that the academy will sufficiently upskill, provide experience, and create development pathways, for players, coaches and administrators which will enable them to transition seamlessly to professional and international level.

23rd Jul 2021

Amateur Rugby

GLRU announces strategic MOU with ASM
GLRU announces strategic MOU with ASM

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Mastercard Women off to the Final

Mastercard Golden Lions Women scored five tries to none and advance to the final and have a shot at defending their title.

11th Jul 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Mastercard Women off to the Final
Mastercard Women off to the Final

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

Team News

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

Unbeaten Mastercard Lions want top spot

A win for the Lions would mean that they have a chance at defending their title.

8th Jul 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Unbeaten Mastercard Lions want top spot
Unbeaten Mastercard Lions want top spot

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Team News

Lions name their Bubble Squad
Lions name their Bubble Squad

Lions’ say goodbye to one of their own

The Lions Family are heartbroken with the sudden passing of Clint van Rooyen.

29th Jun 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Lions’ say goodbye to one of their own
Lions’ say goodbye to one of their own

Lions Women aim for second win

The Mastercard Golden Lions Women’s team will take on the Leopards Women on Saturday, 26 June at Wits University Rugby Club

25th Jun 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Lions Women aim for second win
Lions Women aim for second win

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

Team News

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

Team News

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

Lions Women kick-off against the Bulls

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

11th Jun 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

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

Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers cancelled

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

11th Jun 2021

Team News

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

Sharks muscle past Lions

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

5th Jun 2021

Team News

Sharks muscle past Lions
Sharks muscle past Lions

Consistency key after bye

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

3rd Jun 2021

Team News

Consistency key after bye
Consistency key after bye

Leadership Within the Team

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

2nd Jun 2021

Team News

Leadership Within the Team
Leadership Within the Team

Former Lion JP’s bro to officiate VC final

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

31st May 2021

Uncategorised

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

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

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

27th May 2021

Team News

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

Big win for Lions

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

22nd May 2021

Uncategorised

Big win for Lions
Big win for Lions

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls

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

21st May 2021

Uncategorised

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

Matchday Gallery: Emirates Lions vs DHL Stormers

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

19th May 2021

Gallery

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

Matchday Gallery: Cell C Sharks vs Emirates Lions

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

19th May 2021

Gallery

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

Matchday Gallery: Bulls vs Lions

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

16th May 2021

Gallery

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

Lions Members Update

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

18th May 2021

Uncategorised

Lions Members Update
Lions Members Update

Lions snubbed at the death

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

15th May 2021

Team News

Lions snubbed at the death
Lions snubbed at the death

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

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

14th May 2021

Uncategorised

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

Revised Castle Lager Lions Series schedule confirmed

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

14th May 2021

Uncategorised

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

First home game for Lions

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

13th May 2021

Team News

First home game for Lions
First home game for Lions

Four tries not enough

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

8th May 2021

Team News

Four tries not enough
Four tries not enough

Team Announcement: Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks

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

6th May 2021

Team News

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

Slow start to Rainbow Cup SA for Lions

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

1st May 2021

Team News

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

Lions ready to take the next step

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

18th Mar 2021

Team News

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

Lions Rugby Co Announcement: Elton Jantjies

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

13th Apr 2021

Team News

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

Lions opt for experience

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

22nd Apr 2021

Team News

Lions opt for experience
Lions opt for experience

Lions Injury Update

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

16th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions Injury Update
Lions Injury Update

Prop Smith bids Lions farewell

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

15th Mar 2021

Team News

Prop Smith bids Lions farewell
Prop Smith bids Lions farewell

Leading comes easy for Nothies

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

12th Mar 2021

Team News

Leading comes easy for Nothies
Leading comes easy for Nothies

Lions win hard fought battle

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

10th Mar 2021

Team News

Lions win hard fought battle
Lions win hard fought battle

Young Lions talent on show in PE

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

8th Mar 2021

Team News

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

Origin of Jukskei leads Ellis Park bottled water

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

5th Mar 2021

Team News

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

Former Lion in biggest challenge ever

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

3rd Mar 2021

Team News

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

The 2021 Women’s World Cup Postponed

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

3rd Mar 2021

Team News

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

True grit by young Lions side

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

26th Feb 2021

Team News

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

Nothnagel to lead against Pumas

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

23rd Feb 2021

Team News

Nothnagel to lead against Pumas
Nothnagel to lead against Pumas

Shaping A New Generation

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

26th Apr 2021

Training & Development

Shaping A New Generation
Shaping A New Generation

Golden Lions Womens Amateur Rugby Clinch Victory Over SWD

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

26th Apr 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

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

Rose Gumede: Kitchen & Administration (EPS)

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

25th Apr 2021

Hear me roar

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

Tried and tested for semi

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

26th Feb 2021

Team News

Tried and tested for semi
Tried and tested for semi

Tebogo Takalane: Creditors Clerk (EPS)

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

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

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

Timmy Goodwin: Manager- Training, Education and Development

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

1st Mar 2021

Hear me roar

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

Lions Share: Warren Whiteley

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

18th Sep 2020

podcast

Lions Share: Warren Whiteley
Lions Share: Warren Whiteley

Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC

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

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC
Avril Krause Personal Assistant LRC

Lawrence Ndlazi: Electrician (EPS)

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

30th Mar 2021

Hear me roar

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

Tiaan, Willem top stats log for Lions

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

26th Feb 2021

Team News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Currie Cup, Team News

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

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

Lions Share: Warren Whiteley

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

18th Sep 2020

podcast

Lions Share: Warren Whiteley
Lions Share: Warren Whiteley

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

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

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

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

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

Lions come close to upsetting Leinster

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s First Division Final: Lions vs Cheetahs

This weekend the Mastercard Golden Lions Women’s team will host the Free State Cheetahs in the First Division Final at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

Women’s First Division Final: Lions vs Cheetahs
Women’s First Division Final: Lions vs Cheetahs

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

Mastercard Women off to the Final

Mastercard Golden Lions Women scored five tries to none and advance to the final and have a shot at defending their title.

11th Jul 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Mastercard Women off to the Final
Mastercard Women off to the Final

Unbeaten Mastercard Lions want top spot

A win for the Lions would mean that they have a chance at defending their title.

8th Jul 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Unbeaten Mastercard Lions want top spot
Unbeaten Mastercard Lions want top spot

Lions’ say goodbye to one of their own

The Lions Family are heartbroken with the sudden passing of Clint van Rooyen.

29th Jun 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Lions’ say goodbye to one of their own
Lions’ say goodbye to one of their own

Lions Women aim for second win

The Mastercard Golden Lions Women’s team will take on the Leopards Women on Saturday, 26 June at Wits University Rugby Club

25th Jun 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

Lions Women aim for second win
Lions Women aim for second win

Lions Women kick-off against the Bulls

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

11th Jun 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

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

Golden Lions Womens Amateur Rugby Clinch Victory Over SWD

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

26th Apr 2021

Womens Amateur Rugby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardiff, Munster heading to Johannesburg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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