Derick Minnie

Lionel MapoeCourtnall SkosanDerick MinnieLionsThe Lions medical staff have released an injury update, following the Vodacom Super Rugby outfit’s 41-13 loss to the Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday.

Unfortunately utility backs Lionel Mapoe (MCL), Courtnall Skosan (Hamstring) and forward Derick Minnie (concussion) have returned to South Africa this morning. They will undergo further scans and tests upon their arrival.


Coenie van Wyk and Alwyn Hollenbach departs for Perth on Monday evening in order to provide cover.

The team is still extremely positive and will be hungry to get their first win while on tour, against the Force on Saturday.

LionsThis is the fourth in the series of the Lions Squad Contenders for Super Rugby 2014. We do 2 articles per week per South African Super Rugby participating franchise.

We discuss the players IN the Super Rugby Group, and not all the options beyond that.

In this Article we look at the contenders for LOOSE FORWARDS in the Lions 2014 Super Rugby group, and whether they could force their way into Bok contention.

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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:

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In todays edition of the Lions Super Rugby contenders we look at the Rugby equivalent of the hyena and jackal, the Loose Frowards.

The men who have to get low down and dirty, and win the ball wherever it’s available, but mostly on the ground.

I’ll kick off with the stalwarts of the 2011 season.

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