Why the loan system works for the Lions

South Africa’s leading Super Rugby franchise have no problem snapping up unwanted players. And they tend to make them pretty good too.

Given the stable nature of their contracted squad over the past four years, the fact that the Lions have loaned two prominent players for the upcoming Super Rugby campaign is eye-catching.

Why the loan system works for the Lions
Why the loan system works for the Lions

Why the loan system works for the Lions

South Africa’s leading Super Rugby franchise have no problem snapping up unwanted players. And they tend to make them pretty good too.

Pollard still pulls strings, even if he’s not skipper anymore

Pollard still pulls strings, even if he’s not skipper anymore

The Bulls and Springbok pivot is anyway part of a bigger leadership group under Pote Human.
Lizo and Dylan: The similar tales of two promising looseheads

Lizo and Dylan: The similar tales of two promising looseheads

The injury-plagued Bulls and Lions props are back and add vital national depth to the No 1 jersey, which will have Rassie Erasmus smiling.
Naka now pondering suing hospitals

Naka now pondering suing hospitals

The former Springbok was critically wounded in an armed attack on his family, but his real troubles started after his first discharge.
WATCH: Former Springbok in court for stealing golf clubs

WATCH: Former Springbok in court for stealing golf clubs

CCTV footage that went viral on social media apparently prompted Earl Rose to hand himself over to police.
SA can’t have just one team in Super Rugby mix again, says Swys

SA can’t have just one team in Super Rugby mix again, says Swys

But the Lions coach is positive that their competitors will step up in this year’s campaign.
‘Trembling, headaches, migraines’: Concussion forces Boks star Lambie to quit

‘Trembling, headaches, migraines’: Concussion forces Boks star Lambie to quit

The sudden retirement of Pat Lambie because of post-concussion problems “is a shock,” team-mate Dimitri Szarzewski said after Racing 92 beat Scarlets in Europe on Saturday.
Whiteley having no sleepless nights over lurking Duane

Whiteley having no sleepless nights over lurking Duane

The Lions skipper and Springbok No 8 has a world class competitor in Super Rugby this year again. But he’s won the battle before.
Sharks shrug off ‘controversial’ Jean-Luc injury

Sharks shrug off ‘controversial’ Jean-Luc injury

The bruising Bok flanker is out for about three months after cramming in a short-term stint with English club Sale in a hectic schedule.
Three forgotten Springboks catching the eye early

Three forgotten Springboks catching the eye early

These overseas-based stars have been showing some cracking form since the Christmas period and doing their utmost to make Rassie Erasmus pay attention.
Naka Drotske: We were going to die, so instinct kicked in

Naka Drotske: We were going to die, so instinct kicked in

The former Bok hooker regales how he foiled an armed attack on his family that almost cost him his life.
Ivan embraces one of SA’s biggest rugby duels of 2019

Ivan embraces one of SA’s biggest rugby duels of 2019

Who’ll be the first choice scrumhalf at the Bulls in Super Rugby this season?
Kolisi quota outrage overblown, says SA Rugby boss

Kolisi quota outrage overblown, says SA Rugby boss

Saru president Mark Alexander also insists ‘not one player is in the Springbok team because he’s black’.
Ashwin Willemse wants to become a politician – report

Ashwin Willemse wants to become a politician – report

The former Springbok wing was used extensively as a guest speaker of the ANC before 2014’s general election.
Kolisi: I get along with everyone, and I’m black

Kolisi: I get along with everyone, and I’m black

The Springbok captain continues to preach a more measured view on racial integration.
Kolisi must shut up about race, says parliamentary chairperson

Kolisi must shut up about race, says parliamentary chairperson

Beauty Dlulane calls the Springbok captain’s comments ‘unfortunate’.
Bok hooker’s daring plan to keep local players in SA

Bok hooker’s daring plan to keep local players in SA

Schalk Brits, a business graduate, has his own interesting view on how SA Rugby can mitigate the player drain. But the cash-strapped government won’t like it…
Mngxitama wants to ‘have a beer’ with ‘brother’ Kolisi

Mngxitama wants to ‘have a beer’ with ‘brother’ Kolisi

The BLF leader adopts a surprisingly measured approach to the Springbok captain’s controversial quota comment, but much of Twitter is outraged.
Mandela would not have backed Springbok racial quotas – Kolisi

Mandela would not have backed Springbok racial quotas – Kolisi

Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi has said he does not believe iconic former South African president Nelson Mandela would have backed racial quotas for the national team.
Former Spingbok captain Johan Claassen dies aged 89

Former Spingbok captain Johan Claassen dies aged 89

His death is a loss for the South African rugby industry, and he will always be seen as one of the country’s most legendary players.
WATCH: ‘Madiba wouldn’t support quotas’

WATCH: ‘Madiba wouldn’t support quotas’

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi airs a controversial if valid view on transformation in rugby.
Former Emerging Springbok scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius set for Kings debut

Former Emerging Springbok scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius set for Kings debut

In the backline, Masixole Banda returns to fullback after playing at flyhalf against Benetton in the side’s previous match, with Martin du Toit returning to flyhalf.
Refreshed Cheetahs team to face Zebre in Italy

Refreshed Cheetahs team to face Zebre in Italy

Chilly, but dry conditions are expected and this should be a close contest between two teams who love to throw the ball around.
Kings, Cheetahs back in action after Pro14 break

Kings, Cheetahs back in action after Pro14 break

The Southern Kings and Edinburgh will meet at Murrayfield on Saturday, while the Cheetahs take on Zebre Rugby Club in Parma on Sunday.
Sale tie down De Klerk till 2023

Sale tie down De Klerk till 2023

World Player of the Year nominee Faf De Klerk committed his future to Sale Sharks by signing an extended contract to 2023, the English club announced on Monday.

 

 

 

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