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Golden Lions / Lions contracted players for 2014

September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Golden Lions Rugby Union can confirm that the following players have renewed their senior contracts with the Union for the 2014 season:

  • Jacques van Rooyen
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Franco van der Merwe
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Ruaan Lerm
  • Ross Cronje
  • Guy Cronje
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Alwyn Hollenbach
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Deon Helberg

The following players are new Golden Lions Rugby Union Senior signings for 2014:

  • Bees Roux
  • Willie Wepener
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Martin Muller
  • MB Lusaseni
  • Lambert Groenewald
  • Willie du Plessis
  • Courtnal Skosan
  • Vainon Willis
  • Chrysander Botha

The following players already have 2014 contracts with the Golden Lions Rugby Union:

  • Francois du Toit
  • Franco Mostert
  • Ruan Venter
  • Hugo Kloppers
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Derick Minnie
  • Willie Britz
  • Michael Bondesio
  • Vian van der Watt
  • Anthony Volmink
  • Stokkies Hanekom
  • Andries Coetzee
  • Ruhan Nel
  • Marais Schmidt
  • JJ de Kock

http://www.lionsrugby.co.za/lionsnews.aspx?item=4128&multiid=864&archive=0

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Lions and Stormers fans get what they want

September 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s not often that everyone get what they hope for but it does happen sometimes.

A number of the Lions senior players extended their contracts (so far only JC Janse van Rensburg and Hendrik Roodt signed elsewhere) and will be available for Super Rugby 2014.

Probably the most awaited signing, by both Lions and Stormers fans is that of Elton Jantjies and the young man realised that the Stormers game just doesn’t suit his style of play. According to Beeld Jantjies re-signed for two years with the Lions.

Other players who have extended their contracts are:

Marnitz Boshoff, Lionel Mapoe, Alwyn Hollenbach, Ruan Combrinck, Franco van der Merwe, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley and Willie Wepener.

Anthony Volmink, Stokkies Hanekom, Andries Coetzee, Derick Minnie and Willie Britz are already under contract through 2014.

Contract negotiations are continuing with other senior players.

The Golden Lions also contracted nine players from EG Jansen High School, winners of the Beeld Trophy, as well as eight players from the Golden Lions Craven Week side. 29 of the 32 new juniors contracted are from Gauteng schools.

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Lions Player Updates – Jantjies, Mapoe loans confirmed

October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Elton Jantjies finally signed on the dotted line and will be on loan to the Stormers for 2013 Super Rugby. With the Stormers struggling with a lack of flyhalves during 2012 they are also trying to convince Catrakilis to stay.

Lionel Mapoe’s loan deal for 2013 Super with the Bulls have also been confirmed. Lionel has been a revelation at #13 this year and this has earned him a spot in the Boks EOYT squad. It will will be interesting to see where he plays for the Bulls.

Butch James seems to have changed his mind about retiring and is negotiating with the Sharks to serve as Pat Lambie’s backup in 2013. According to Keo he says that the deal is about 90% done. He has had a good year with the Lions and there definitely is still some rugby in the old bones.

Lions Player Gains & Losses

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Lions Player Updates – JC Stays!

October 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Latest: JC Janse van Rensburg, speaking after his team’s heartbreaking 16-21 loss to Western Province in the Currie Cup semifinal at the weekend, revealed that he will remain with the team during their exile from Super Rugby next year.

“The [Golden Lions Rugby] Union has, over the years, been great towards me, always willing to give me a contract, and I just feel I have to pay them back.

“It will only be six months not playing Super Rugby but in 2014 we will be back with a bang.”

http://www.rugby365.com/article/50249-jc-and-his-lions-are-not-yet-extinct

Furthermore, Rapport reported (?) that the Lions is trying to get Elton Jantjies to extend his contract to 2014, although he will be on loan to the Stormers in 2013.

As mentioned in my Friday Snippets, the Lions’ two Varsity Cup teams, UJ and Wits, have been hard at work and have signed a number of the Lions youngsters, including four of their u/20 Boks, keeping them in the union. They also managed to recruit some ex-Lions juniors as well as some new talent.

With the Currie Cup over for the Lions some of the rumours about player movement should now be laid to rest as players announce their plans for the future.

Potential Lions side for Vodacom Cup and other matches based on known contracted players and ignoring rumours:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrink, 13 Dylan Des Fountain, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volminck, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Venter, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

16 Mark Pretorius, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenberg, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Marais Schmidt, 22 Deon Helberg

Gains:

Warwick Tecklenburg – flank (Bulls)
Marnitz Boshoff – flyhalf (Griquas)
Franco Mostert – lock (Bulls) (rumoured)
Schalk van Heerden (Wikus’s brother) – lock (Bulls) (rumoured)
Kobus de Kock – fullback (Sharks)

On Loan (Confirmed):

Elton Jantjies – Stormers (agreement to be finalised)
Franco van der Merwe – Sharks
Jaco Taute – Stormers (agreement to be finalised)
Callie Visagie – Bulls

On Loan (Rumours):

Lionel Mapoe – Bulls

Losses so far:

12 Jul 2012: Grant Hattingh – Bulls (although he was only on a short term contract till the end of Super Rugby)
14 Aug 2012: Rudy Paige – Bulls
24 Aug 2012: Jacobie Adriaanse – Llanelli Scarletts (Wales)
25 Aug 2012: Caylib Oosthuizen – Cheetahs
27 Aug 2012: Paul Willemse – Bulls
28 Aug 2012: Ruan Botha – WP
11 Sept 2012: Josh Strauss – Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)
14 Sept 2012: Etienne Oosthuizen – Brumbies (Australia)
19 Sept 2012: Wikus van Heerden – Retired
3 Oct 2012: Pat Cilliers – Stormers
3 Oct 2012: Michael Rhodes – Stormers
15 Oct 2012: Cobus Grobbelaar – Retired

Rumours & rumours of rumours:

Bandise Maku – Kings
Warren Whiteley – Kings
Butch James – Retire
Alwyn Hollenbach – Sharks
Martin Bezuidenhout – Unknown
Waylon Murray – Unknown

Sources (but not the only ones):

http://www.sudrugby.com/transferts/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2012%E2%80%9313_Super_Rugby_transfers

The players who are extending or are signing their first contracts are

2013 Under 19s:

Malcolm Marx (2012 SA Schools), hooker, 2013 – 2014
Jano Venter (2012 SA Schools), loose forward 2013 – 2014
Akhona Sihunu (2012 SA Schools) scrumhalf 2013 – 2014
Jaco van der Walt (2011 SA Schools) flyhalf 2013 – 2014

2013 Under-21s:
Mark Pretorius, hooker, 2013
Gideon Muller, prop, 2013
Ruan Venter, lock, 2013 – 2014
Stephan de Witt, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Ruan Lerm, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Fabian Booysen, loose forward, 2013
Jacques Kotze, prop – 2013
Marais Schmidt – flyhalf
Vian van der Watt – scrumhalf

New/extended contracts or still contracted
2013 Seniors:

Francois du Toit , hooker 2013 – 2014
Ruan Dreyer, prop, 2013 – 2014
Derick Minnie, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Willie Britz, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Warwick Tecklenberg, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Marais Schmidt, flyhalf, 2013 – 2014
Robert du Bruyn Centre 2013
Anthony Volmink, wing, 2013 – 2014
JR Esterhuizen, wing, 2013
Deon Helberg, wing, 2013
Andries Coetzee, fullback/flyhalf – 2013 – 2014
Ruan Combrinck, Wing/fulback – 2013
Marnitz Boshoff, flyhalf – 2013 – 2014
JC Janse van Rensburg, prop – 2013
CJ van der Linde, prop – 2013
Hendrik Roodt, lock – 2013
Jaco Kriel, flank – 2013
Stephan Greeff, lock – 2013
Warren Whiteley, eighthman – 2013
Michael Bondesio, scrumhalf – 2013
Ross Cronje, scrumhalf – 2013
Whestley Moolman, scrumhalf – 2013
Guy Cronje, flyhalf – 2013
Alwyn Hollenbach, centre – 2013
Dylan Des Fountain, centre – 2013
Bradley Moolman, centre – 2013
Deon van Rensburg, centre/wing – 2013
Deon Helberg, centre/wing – 2013
James Kamana, wing/fullback – 2013

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Lions Player Updates – Taute, Jantjies decided (maybe)

October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Latest: Cyberspace is atwitter about Jaco Taute and Elton Jantjies having decided to go to the Stormers on loan agreements although these moves are still subject to the agreements to be finalised and signed and there has beeN no official word on either of these moves yet.

Callie Visagie, the Lions hooker, has extended his contract with the Lions but will be loaned to the Bulls for the 2013 Super Rugby season. I expected Callie to stay in Gauteng as he is busy with his accountancy articles at a Joburg firm.

In news of lesser impact, the Lions signed Griquas backup flyhalf, Marnitz Boshoff, in a move to counter the loss of Elton Jantjies and Butch James, who is said to retire from rugby after the Currie Cup season.

In other news, Bandise Maku’s future is still unclear and both the Kings and the Lions want to sign him up but he hasn’t made a decision as yet.

The Lions CEO, Ruben Moggee, also confirmed that the Kings eventually emailed them about making players available. The Kings’ email will be passed on to the players and discussions will be held with interested players. However there will not be a large scale lending of players.

Gains:

Warwick Tecklenburg – flank (Bulls)
Marnitz Boshoff – flyhalf (Griquas)
Franco Mostert – lock (Bulls) (rumoured)
Schalk van Heerden (Wikus’s son) – lock (Bulls) (rumoured)
Kobus de Kock – fullback (Sharks)

On Loan (Confirmed):

Elton Jantjies – Stormers (agreement to be finalised)
Franco van der Merwe – Sharks
Jaco Taute – Stormers (agreement to be finalised)
Callie Visagie – Bulls

On Loan (Rumours):

Lionel Mapoe – Bulls

Losses so far:

12 Jul 2012: Grant Hattingh – Bulls (although he was only on a short term contract till the end of Super Rugby)
14 Aug 2012: Rudy Paige – Bulls
24 Aug 2012: Jacobie Adriaanse – Llanelli Scarletts (Wales)
25 Aug 2012: Caylib Oosthuizen – Cheetahs
27 Aug 2012: Paul Willemse – Bulls
28 Aug 2012: Ruan Botha – WP
11 Sept 2012: Josh Strauss – Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)
14 Sept 2012: Etienne Oosthuizen – Brumbies (Australia)
19 Sept 2012: Wikus van Heerden – Retired
3 Oct 2012: Pat Cilliers – Stormers
3 Oct 2012: Michael Rhodes – Stormers
15 Oct 2012: Cobus Grobbelaar – Retired

Rumours & rumours of rumours:

Bandise Maku – Kings
Warren Whiteley – Kings
Butch James – Retire
Alwyn Hollenbach – Sharks
Martin Bezuidenhout – Unknown
Waylon Murray – Unknown

Sources (but not the only ones):

http://www.sudrugby.com/transferts/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2012%E2%80%9313_Super_Rugby_transfers

The players who are extending or are signing their first contracts are

2013 Under 19s:

Malcolm Marx (2012 SA Schools), hooker, 2013 – 2014
Jano Venter (2012 SA Schools), loose forward 2013 – 2014
Akhona Sihunu (2012 SA Schools) scrumhalf 2013 – 2014
Jaco van der Walt (2011 SA Schools) flyhalf 2013 – 2014

2013 Under-21s:
Mark Pretorius, hooker, 2013
Gideon Muller, prop, 2013
Ruan Venter, lock, 2013 – 2014
Stephan de Witt, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Ruan Lerm, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Fabian Booysen, loose forward, 2013
Jacques Kotze, prop – 2013

2013 Seniors:

Francois du Toit , hooker 2013 – 2014
Ruan Dreyer, prop, 2013 – 2014
Derick Minnie, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Willie Britz, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Warwick Tecklenberg, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Marais Schmidt, flyhalf, 2013 – 2014
Robert du Bruyn Centre 2013
Anthony Volmink, wing, 2013 – 2014
JR Esterhuizen, wing, 2013
Deon Helberg, wing, 2013
Andries Coetzee, fullback/flyhalf – 2013 – 2014
Ruan Combrinck, Wing/fulback – 2013
Marnitz Boshoff, flyhalf – 2013 – 2014

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Lions Players Update – New or extended contracts

October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Golden Lions announced the players who extended their contracts or who signed new contracts with the union. These players are in addition to players already under contract.

I am particularly glad to see Malcolm Marx’s name on the list as I was worried that we’d lose him. At 1,88m and 108 kg the SA Schools hooker is a monster and I won’t be surprised seeing him play some senior rugby next year.

The players who are extending or are signing their first contracts are

2013 Under 19s:

Malcolm Marx (2012 SA Schools), hooker, 2013 – 2014
Jano Venter (2012 SA Schools), loose forward 2013 – 2014
Akhona Sihunu (2012 SA Schools) scrumhalf 2013 – 2014
Jaco van der Walt (2011 SA Schools) flyhalf 2013 – 2014

2013 Under-21s:
Mark Pretorius, hooker, 2013
Gideon Muller, prop, 2013
Ruan Venter, lock, 2013 – 2014
Stephan de Witt, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Ruan Lerm, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Fabian Booysen, loose forward, 2013
Jacques Kotze, prop – 2013

2013 Seniors:

Francois du Toit , hooker 2013 – 2014
Ruan Dreyer, prop, 2013 – 2014
Derick Minnie, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Willie Britz, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Warwick Tecklenberg, loose forward, 2013 – 2014
Marais Schmidt, flyhalf, 2013 – 2014
Robert du Bruyn Centre 2013
Anthony Volmink, wing, 2013 – 2014
JR Esterhuizen, wing, 2013
Deon Helberg, wing, 2013
Andries Coetzee, fullback/flyhalf – 2013 – 2014
Ruan Combrinck, Wing/fulback – 2013
Marnitz Boshoff, flyhalf – 2013 – 2014

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Lions Player Updates – Confirmed moves

October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Latest: Golden Lions Rugby Union CEO Ruben Moggee confirmed that Springbok prop Patric Cilliers and utility forward Michael Rhodes will both play for the Stormers next year.

Moggee also revealed that veteran Lions lock Franco van der Merwe will go “on loan” to the Sharks for Super Rugby in 2013.

The Lions boss also confirmed that Bok backline stars Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute have yet to decide where they will play their Super Rugby in 2013, although they will be loaned to other franchises.

New Bok utility back Lionel Mapoe, called up to the national team for the first time this week, has been linked to the Bulls. However, his movements in 2013 must also still be confirmed.

http://www.rugby365.com/article/49941-stormers-snag-two-big-lions

It was confirmed at the media briefing that Derick Minnie signed with the Lions until 2014.

Gains:

Warwick Tecklenburg – flank (Bulls)
Franco Mostert – lock (Bulls)
Schalk van Heerden (Wikus’s son) – lock (Bulls) (rumoured)

On Loan (Confirmed):

Elton Jantjies – confirmed but destination as yet unknown, probably Sharks or Stormers
Franco van der Merwe – Sharks
Jaco Taute – confirmed but destination as yet unknown

On Loan (Rumours):

Lionel Mapoe – Bulls

Losses so far:

12 Jul 2012: Grant Hattingh – Bulls (although he was only on a short term contract till the end of Super Rugby)
14 Aug 2012: Rudy Paige – Bulls
24 Aug 2012: Jacobie Adriaanse – Llanelli Scarletts (Wales)
25 Aug 2012: Caylib Oosthuizen – Cheetahs
27 Aug 2012: Paul Willemse – Bulls
28 Aug 2012: Ruan Botha – WP
11 Sept 2012: Josh Strauss – Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)
14 Sept 2012: Etienne Oosthuizen – Brumbies (Australia)
19 Sept 2012: Wikus van Heerden – Retired
3 Oct 2012: Pat Cilliers – Stormers
3 Oct 2012: Michael Rhodes – Stormers
3 October: Bandise Maku – Kings

Rumours & rumours of rumours:

Callie Visagie – Kings or WP
Warren Whiteley – Kings
Butch James – Sharks/Retiring
Alwyn Hollenbach – Sharks
Martin Bezuidenhout – Unknown
Ruan Combrinck – Unknown
Cobus Grobbelaar – Unknown
Waylon Murray – Unknown

Sources (but not the only ones):

http://www.sudrugby.com/transferts/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2012%E2%80%9313_Super_Rugby_transfers

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Lions player updates – Another Bull to become a Lion

October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Latest: Lions CEO Ruben Moggee says flyhalf Elton Jantjies is likely to join the Sharks or Stormers on loan for the 2013 Super Rugby campaign. However, Moggee confirmed to this site that nothing has been finalised yet.

‘We realise that our best players need to play at the highest level. And that is Super Rugby,’ said Moggee. ‘We are still planning to play in an alternative tournament with European, American and South Sea clubs next season, so we’ll need to have a competitive squad.

‘But we can afford to loan out a few of our best players to other Super Rugby franchises, if they can get starting opportunities. We won’t loan them out to be benched.

http://keo.co.za/2012/10/03/sharks-stormers-in-line-for-jantjies/

Young Blue Bull lock, Franco Mostert (21), has signed with the Lions for 2013. This follows on the news that Blue Bulls loose forward Warwick Tecklenburg signed with the Lions. Both these players get limited game time at the Bulls waiting behind Juandre Kruger and Flip van der Merwe (Mostert) or Dewald Potgieter, Arno Botha, CJ Standers, etc. (Tevklenburg). An exchange deal in process between the Bulls and the Lions to use their “bubbling under” players?

Die Beeld reports that Butch James will be retiring after the Currie Cup.

Gains:

Warwick Tecklenburg
Franco Mostert

On Loan (Confirmed):

On Loan (Rumours):

Elton Jantjies – Sharks/Stormers
Franco van der Merwe – Sharks

Losses so far:

12 Jul 2012: Grant Hattingh – Bulls (although he was only on a short term contract till the end of Super Rugby)
14 Aug 2012: Rudy Paige – Bulls
24 Aug 2012: Jacobie Adriaanse – Llanelli Scarletts (Wales)
25 Aug 2012: Caylib Oosthuizen – Cheetahs
27 Aug 2012: Paul Willemse – Bulls
28 Aug 2012: Ruan Botha – WP
11 Sept 2012: Josh Strauss – Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)
14 Sept 2012: Etienne Oosthuizen – Brumbies (Australia)
19 Sept 2012: Wikus van Heerden – Retired

Rumours & rumours of rumours:

Elton Jantjies – WP/Sharks (on loan) (It’s an open secret that WP wants him but he has also been linked to the Bulls)
Jaco Taute – Bulls, WP or Sharks
Derick Minnie – Sharks (Comments on LionWorld suggest he won’t be going anywhere)
Bandise Maku – Kings or WP
Callie Visagie – Kings or WP
Warren Whiteley – Kings
Butch James – Sharks/Retiring
Pat Cilliers – WP
Alwyn Hollenbach – Sharks
Franco van der Merwe – Sharks (on loan)/Cheetahs
Michael Rhodes – WP

A source (but not the only one): http://www.sudrugby.com/transferts/

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Lions Player Contracts, Loans, Releases & Other Issues

September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

It has already been made known that some players are leaving (Josh being the latest), that others have contracts until October 2013 and yet others have contracts that allow them to play for another team in Super Rugby so it all seems signed, settled and hunky dory in Lions country, at least as far as player issues go.

Many Lions supporters try to be optimistic about the future and seem to feel that even if we lose our top senior players “at least we still have the school boys and juniors coming through to rebuild”.

But all is not always as it seems, unfortunately, and many Lions supporters live in Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Legal Contracts:

The reality that faces the Lions is that most big unions and franchises will not want to sign a player for one Super Rugby season and then release him back to the Lions. If we learned anything from what happened at the SARU General Council vote most unions are not interested in the Lions future and they will do whatever they can to renege on any loan agreement. And if they really want the player they will, at best, offer to buy out his contract with the Lions and, at worst, just keep him and force the Lions into a legal battle they can ill afford.

And with the Lions unable to ensure competitive game time and exposure for their top players, and therefore unable to provide him with meaningful employment, they stand a good chance of losing in court irrespective of what the contracts say.

The country is fill of journeymen playing for the lesser unions, of which the GLRU is now one, but there is limited opportunity for top players to showcase their skills and the fact is that not a single player from the lesser unions make it into the Springbok side. It will, therefore, be very difficult for the GLRU to make a case for keeping a player who has a chance of making it at national level.

Moral Contracts:

Apart from the legal issue there is also the moral issue of a union being responsible for looking after a player’s career and advancement opportunities, something that will be virtually impossible to do when not competing at the top level.

What is Kevin de Klerk going to do is one of the players come to him with a two-year or three-year contract offer and asks: “Please release me and let me go”? Refuse him? (We just saw Josh released to sign a three year contract with Glasgow Warriors)

Junior Players:

So, the Lions will have to look at building and rebuilding from their junior ranks?

Once a again this is a bit of a pipe dream as the best juniors and schoolboys will look to further their careers and the Lions will have very little to offer these youngsters. Players like Paul Willemse, Ruan Botha, Caylib Oosthuizen, Rudy Paige and others will look to move to unions where the playing opportunities are better.

And it is not merely a case that they might have the opportunity to play Super Rugby one day. The fact is that during the Super Rugby competition opportunities to play senior rugby open up as the franchises use their top players for Super Rugby and draw on the junior players to play Vodacom Cup, something lesser unions are not able to do. In non-Super Rugby unions their top players play Vodacom Cup leaving little for the junior players except play club and varsity rugby.

Unfortunately we have yet to see the ripple effect of the decision to kick the Lions out of Super Rugby but I dread the day comes for us to play a knock out match to get back into Super Rugby, even against the Kings, with all our top players gone.

I would love it if Kevin de Klerk and the Lions management can counter the impact of the SARU decision will have on player migration but unfortunately I do not see how they are going to do it.

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Lions Player Loss Updates

August 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Latest: 19 Year Lions old utility forward Etienne Oosthuizen has signed a two year contract with the Brumbies, according to Die Beeld. Oosthuizen is one of the Lions top young locks and was named Lions u/19 Player of the Year and he played Super Rugby, Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup for the Lions. Although he was in the u/20 Boks practice squad this year he didn’t make the team for the JRWC and he can still qualify to play for Australia in three years. The move hasn’t been confirmed by the Lions yet.
http://www.beeld.com/Sport/Rugby/Jake-lok-jong-Leeus-slot-na-Brumbies-met-kontrak-20120913

The Lions player exodus has started and can be attributed, in part at least, to SARU’s decision to kick the Lions out of Super Rugby. How can it be good for SA rugby that one union gets irreparably damaged to artificially advance another?

“The Golden Lions Rugby Union this afternoon announced that a few of its junior and senior players have not renewed their contracts after 31 October 2012. These players have elected not to renew their contracts following the uncertainty leading up to the Vodacom Super Rugby 2013 decision. The players received great exposure at the Lions and we wish them well in their future endeavors. The players will remain part of the group until 31 October 2012. These players are: Jacobie Adriaanse, Caylib Oosthuizen, Paul Willemse and Ruan Botha.”
From the Golden Lions Facebook page.

Losses so far:

12 Jul 2012: Grant Hattingh – Bulls (although he was only on a short term contract till the end of Super Rugby)
14 Aug 2012: Rudy Paige – Bulls
24 Aug 2012: Jacobie Adriaanse – Llanelli Scarletts (Wales)
25 Aug 2012: Caylib Oosthuizen – Cheetahs
27 Aug 2012: Paul Willemse – Bulls
28 Aug 2012: Ruan Botha – WP
11 Sept 2012: Josh Strauss – Glasgow Warriors (Scotland)
14 Sept 2012: Etienne Oosthuizen

Rumours & rumours of rumours:

Elton Jantjies – WP (It’s an open secret that WP wants him but he has also been linked to the Bulls)
Jaco Taute – Bulls or Sharks
Derick Minnie – Sharks
Bandise Maku - Kings or WP
Callie VisagieKings or WP
Warren Whiteley - Kings
Butch James – Sharks
Pat Cilliers – WP
Alwyn Hollenbach – Sharks
Franco van der Merwe – Cheetahs
Michael Rhodes – WP

A source (but not the only one): http://www.sudrugby.com/transferts/

BTW there’s also a rumour that Heinrich Brussouw is going to the Brumbies.