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The Golden Lions Rugby Union have issued a press release listing new player contract signings, and current player contract extensions.

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:

Player 2013   U/19s Position Period
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


Player 2013   U21s Position Period
Mark   Pretorius U/21 Hooker 2013
Gideon   Muller U/21 Prop 2013
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


Player 2013   Seniors Position Period
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
JR   Esterhuizen Senior Wing 2013
Deon   Helberg Senior Wing 2013

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”.



7 Responses to Lions New Signings & Contract Extensions

  • 1

    At least we will not lose too many players

  • 2

    I suppose this is a little good news.

    Pity that Rhodes and Cilliers have decided to go to the back stabbing Stormers permanently.

    As for the players going to play Super Rugby on “loan” (vd Merwe; Jantjies; Mapoe and Taute), well I suppose nobody can blame them.

  • 3

    Backstabbing Stormers? Ha! Useless Lions management knew what was coming long ago, but instead of pulling the finger from their arsehole, the muppets stagnated in S15.
    They deserve to be there as much as the Kings and those other moegoes in orange. Its pretty obvious SA (like Aus) should only have 3 Super rugby sides.

  • 4

    This will be good news for Lions fans to see players committing in spite of some pretty topsy turvy times at the union, with a good combination of existing experienced players and upcoming youngsters siging contracts. Does this mean positive things are happenning in the background at the Lions that we are unaware of or can I be a bit harsh and suggest for many of these perhaps more especially the young ones that they have not been able to secure contracts elsewhere?

  • 5

    Hello Lion4ever I don’t now if I have it wrong but am sure I read somewhere yesterday the Mapoe is going to be joining the Bulls on loan for the 2013 Super rugby, is this right? If so its quite interesting then we certainly seem to be stock piling centres at the Bulls although many of them will not have much experience going into next year’s Super rugby, not sure whether Wynand Olivier will be back from Japan for that so I suppose it makes sense to have the experience of Mapoe there and his versatility will be a bonus to have as a wing/centre option from the bench.

  • 6

    @ Rugbyprof:
    I totally agree with you oon the three SR sides, and yes, the Lions management were totally slapgat and unprofessional in meeting the challenge that they knew was out there waiting to kick them in the b@lls.

    However, the back stabbing Stormers can’t be disputed either. (Same applies to the Cheetahs.) All 5 SR franchises signed and presented a document to SARU stating that the inclusion of the Kings could not be at the detriment of any of the Super Rugby franchises and that they (the SR franchises)would stand together on the issue.

    The Stormers and Cheetahs then proceeded to vote against the Lions at the SARU meeting held to decide the 2013 SR participants.

    Hence not only are the Stormers (and Cheetahs) back stabbers, but their word is about as much use as their trophy cabinet. F ALL. Oh sorry forgot, WP won the Vodacom Cup for the first time this year.

  • 7

    5 @ BullscotBok:
    Hello Scotty. The number of decent youngsters that have signed is indeed promising, but I don’t expect them all to go through and become fixtures at the Lions in the future.

    The youngsters nearly always want to stay close to “home”, but as they gain experience and exposure are more likely to move away to other provinces.

    Then of course there are the blood sucking agents constantly whispering bullsh1t in their ears promising them the earth! Less a healthy slice of commission of course.


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