Possibly the most significant signing is that of Warwick Tecklenberg, the promising young loose forward from the Blue Bulls.
Other exciting youngsters include a number of the victorious SA Under 20 World Championship winning side, all of whom should go a long way to building the Lions’ squad for their expected return to Super Rugby in 2014.
Also notable is that Lions stalwart of the last few years Derek Minnie, has re-commited until the end of 2014.
The full press release reads:
MTN Golden Lions Player Contracts
Johannesburg, 3 October 2012… The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced the renewal and extension of some player contracts for 2013 this afternoon, as well as the signing of Loose Forward Warwick Tecklenberg for two years until 2014.
Tecklenberg hails from the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and Forward Coach Johan Ackermann said he is excited about the signing of Tecklenberg.
The players who are extending and signing their first contracts are:
|Malcolm Marx (2012 SA Schools)||U/19||Hooker||2013 – 2014|
|Jano Venter (2012 SA Schools)||U/19||Loose Forward||2013 – 2014|
|Akhona Sihunu (2012 SA Schools)||U/19||Scrumhalf||2013 – 2014|
|Jaco van der Walt (2011 SA Schools)||U/19||Scrumhalf||2013 – 2014|
|Ruan Venter||U/21||Lock||2013 – 2014|
|Stephan de Witt||U/21||Loose Forward||2013 – 2014|
|Ruan Lerm||U/21||Loose Forward||2013 – 2014|
|Fabian Booysen||U/21||Loose Forward||2013|
|Francois du Toit||Senior||Hooker||2013 – 2014|
|Ruan Dreyer||Senior||Prop||2013 – 2014|
|Derick Minnie||Senior||Loose Forward||2013 – 2014|
|Willie Britz||Senior||Loose Forward||2013 – 2014|
|Warwick Tecklenberg||Senior||Loose Forward||2013 – 2014|
|Marais Schmidt||Senior||Fly Half||2013 – 2014|
|Robert du Bruyn||Senior||Centre||2013|
|Anthony Volmink||Senior||Wing||2013 – 2014|
MTN Lions coach Johan Ackermann said, “the signing of these players shows their commitment to the Golden Lions Rugby Union, despite what many have called “uncertain times” at the Union following the relegation from Super Rugby. However, the renewals of these player contracts shows that there are in fact some very exciting times ahead of the franchise, and an announcement should be made within the next two weeks on the way forward for 2013”.