Oh, the ironing of it all!
October 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
With Lionel Mapoe the latest Lions player to be called up to the Bok squad I can’t help thinking that 2012 will always be remembered as a year of mixed fortunes for the Lions.
In a year
- that an injury depleted Lions team struggled in Super Rugby,
- when off-field dramas bedeviled the union and
- they were out of Super Rugby
- come back fighting in the Currie Cup,
- have their best year in yonks in terms of Springbok caps and call ups, with
- five players in the Bok squad for the final Rugby Championship game against the All Blacks and
- gettting three new test Springboks
Before the Jabuts complain that the Lions are playing with their Super Rugby side I just want to put the record straight:
- Gone: Josh Strauss, Wikus van Heerden, Doppies la Grange, Michael Killian, Grant Hattingh
- Injured: Derick Minnie, Jacobie Adriaanse, Hendrik Roodt, Alwyn Hollenbach, Waylon Murray
- Compassionate leave: Bandise Maku
- Springbok squad: Jaco Taute, Elton Jantjies, Pat Cilliers, CJ vd Linde, Lionel Mapoe
However the union hasn’t given up and is fighting to stay alive and in an effort to keep its players they have reportedly arranged 17 games for the Lions during the Super Rugby season next year, 12 of which will be played at Ellis Park.
With three new Springboks and another potential Bok called in the squad the end of the Lions’ topsy-turvy year is still not in sight. The Springbok end of year tour to the UK is still to come and more Lions could feature there, especially if Heyneke Meyer decides to rest some of his overplayed senior players.
Potential Lions to be called up:
- Lionel Mapoe – wing/centre
- Andries Coetzee – fullback/wing/centre/flyhalf
- Michael Bondesio – scrumhalf
- Michael Rhodes – flank/lock
- JC Janse van Rensburg – loosehead prop
Wouldn’t it be ironic that in the year the Lions are kicked out of Super Rugby they may end very well end up with with five, six or seven new Boks.
Only in Africa, I’m sure.