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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
Sanzaar aims to finalise Super Rugby plans in November

Sanzaar aims to finalise Super Rugby plans in November

The decisions reached in London will be crucial to the survival of Super Rugby, which has struggled with dwindling viewers amid constant tinkering with its format.
Jantjies and Mapoe’s signatures make Lions’ picture rosier

Jantjies and Mapoe’s signatures make Lions’ picture rosier

Suddenly, there’s a pretty decent core of stalwarts staying till 2019 after the initial doom and gloom of a Super Rugby exodus of players.
Lions lose yet another stalwart

Lions lose yet another stalwart

Depth in the front row is now suddenly becoming a bit of a problem for the men from Ellis Park.
Lions’ future bright, insists Swys

Lions’ future bright, insists Swys

The Lions coach remains calm as the franchise braces for a substantial exodus of leading players.
Lions player ratings: Only a few rays of sunshine

Lions player ratings: Only a few rays of sunshine

The men from Ellis Park, a bit predictably, didn’t score high marks in a match where many underperformed.
Ruthless Crusaders outclass willing but error-prone Lions

Ruthless Crusaders outclass willing but error-prone Lions

The hosts were full value in defending their title as Swys de Bruin’s men endure heartache for a third year in a row.
Crusaders hit back at Lions’ illegal scrum claim

Crusaders hit back at Lions’ illegal scrum claim

Swys de Bruin had earlier in the week said that the defending champions ‘get away with a lot’ but the Kiwis believe their opponents aren’t exactly squeeky clean.
Lions ‘do have a chance’ – What the pundits say

Lions ‘do have a chance’ – What the pundits say

Our experts don’t believe the doom and gloom of other observers regarding Saturday’s Super Rugby final but Swys de Bruin’s men will have to be top notch.
Five defining (and lucky) results for the Lions in 2018

Five defining (and lucky) results for the Lions in 2018

Swys de Bruin and his troops have had their fair share of luck in this year’s tournament. In fact, they didn’t even have control over two outcomes!
Deja vu as England target a SA coaching heavyweight

Deja vu as England target a SA coaching heavyweight

The Roses poached Eddie Jones barely weeks after the Stormers appointed him. Now they have shifted their sights to a target up north.
Lions are up against it … but they like it that way

Lions are up against it … but they like it that way

Julian Redelinghuys, who played in the 2016 final in Wellington, believes the ‘hopeless’ tag might actually suit his former teammates as Swys de Bruin names his side.
This is the depressing reality of SA teams in Super Rugby finals

This is the depressing reality of SA teams in Super Rugby finals

Since 2001, for example, they’ve only scored 15 points in showpiece matches played in Australasia. And that’s just the start!
Lions will be a major threat, says All Blacks coach

Lions will be a major threat, says All Blacks coach

Steve Hansen isn’t subscribing to the view that Swys de Bruin’s men are in a hopeless situation going into the weekend’s showpiece against the Crusaders.
Final isn’t going to be all about Elton, says Ackers

Final isn’t going to be all about Elton, says Ackers

The man who masterminded two Lions marches towards a Super Rugby showpiece understands the hype around the two flyhalves but it won’t solely determine the outcome.
Five of Elton Jantjies’ key thoughts before the final

Five of Elton Jantjies’ key thoughts before the final

He doesn’t fear the Crusaders, for one thing…
How the Lions will try and beat the dreaded jetlag

How the Lions will try and beat the dreaded jetlag

There’s no exact science when it comes to this reality but the men from Ellis Park are hoping to follow their plan from earlier this year … and it worked.
WATCH: Why the Lions are rejoicing over Dyantyi’s fitness

WATCH: Why the Lions are rejoicing over Dyantyi’s fitness

The Springbok winger scored his stunner last weekend at Ellis Park. How can any team not yearn for such X-factor, especially in a final?

 

 

 

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