16/01/2020 – Team Announcements Emirates Lions

Lions confirms teams, management

The Emirates Lions management for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season is as follows:
Ivan van Rooyen: Head Coach
Sean Erasmus: Defence Coach
Neil de Bruin: Attack, Backs & skills Coach
Julian Redelinghuys: Forwards - Scrum Coach
Warren Whiteley: Forwards - Line-Out Coach
Philip Lemmer: Collisions & Rucking Coach
Wynand Ellis: Technical Analyst
Dr Rob Collins: Manager Performance Excellence & Team Physician
Preven Appalsamy: Performance Excellence Physiotherapist
Rupert Oberholster: Performance Excellence: Strength & Conditioning
JannieKlingbiel: Performance Excellence: Biokineticist
Mustapha Boomgaard : Team Manager
JohaneSingwane: Assistant Team Manager
Ram Khumalo& Carol Dickson: Massage Therapist

The two Emirates Lions teams to take part in friendly matches against the Vodacom Blue Bulls are:

Friday 17 January Emirates Lions XV vs Vodacom Blue Bulls XV (Loftus B)
1 NathanMcBeth
2 Marko Janse van Rensburg
3 Carlu Sadie
4 DarrienLandsberg
5 Wilhelm van der Sluys (captain)
6 MJ Pelser
7 Jo-Hanko de Villiers
8 DiaanSchoonees
9 Dillon Smit
10 Shaun Reynolds
11 Stean Pienaar
12 James Mollentze
13 WandisileSimelane
14 Jan-Louis la Grange
15 MuziManyike
16 PJ Botha
17 Leo Kruger
18 AsenathiNtlabakanye
19 Adrian Alberts
20 Travis Gordon
21 Francke Horn
22 Tinus de Beer
23 Louritzvan der Schyff
24 Prince Nkabinde
25 MandisiMathiyane
26 Dameon Venter
27 BoitumeloTsatsane

Vodacom Superhero Sunday
Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls (FNB Stadium, 15:15)

1 Dylan Smith
2 Pieter Jansen
3 Jannie du Plessis
4 Ruben Schoeman
5 Marvin Orie
6 MarnusSchoeman
7 VincentTshituka
8 Len Massyn
9 Andre Warner
10 Elton Jantjies (captain)
11 CourtnallSkosan
12 Dan Kriel
13 Duncan Matthews
14 Jamba Ulengo
15 TiaanSwanepoel
16 Jan-Henning Campher
17 StiSithole
18 Frans van Wyk
19 RoelofSmit
20 Cyle Brink
21 Morne van der Berg
22 Manuel Rass
23 TyroneGreen
24 Jo-Hanko de Villiers
25 Wilhelm van der Sluys
26 Jan-Louis la Grange
27 WandisileSimelane

*Players not considered due to injuries:
Johannes Jonker
Ross Cronje
Gianni Lombard

Lions to support fight against Australia bushfires

The Lions Rugby Company and the Emirates Lions team want to support the fight against the bushfires in Australia and will be making a contribution to WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service).

It is impossible to know how many animals have perished and it will be many months before the impact on wild populations can be better understood but ecologists at Sydney University have estimated over 800 million animals have been affected in Australia since September.

Every contribution, no matter the size, will definitely make an impact and your support would be greatly appreciated.

WIRES, based in New South Wales, need urgent assistance to help with these unprecedented emergencies.

The Emirates Lions will host a breakfast in Sydney ahead of their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs (Wednesday, 26 February). All proceeds of the event will go to WIRES who have confirmed their attendance at the breakfast.

We urge you to open your hearts and your pockets and join us in helping this worthy cause. To donate, go to: https://www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund

The Lions Rugby Co remains loyal to their chosen charities, namely Els for Autism and the Blue Pie Foundation, but will focus on Wires during the early part of Vodacom Super Rugby.