The ten Lions players who are leaving and will not be available for the team next year bring the total of South African player losses to well over 30 – and more are set to follow as some players still await contract finalisation in South Africa and others overseas.
The Lions will lose three Springboks, Ruan Combrinck (photo GB Jordaan), Lions Mapoe and Stephan Lewies and will also be without Robbie Coetzee, Sylvian Mahuza, Nic Groom, Danie Mienie, Robert Kruger, Harol, Lions Mapoe and Stephan Lewies and will also be without Robbie Coetzee, Sylvian Mahuza, Nic Groom, Danie Mienie, Robert Kruger, Harold Vorster. and Franco Naude.
In addition to the above, Malcolm Marx will be able to enjoy a temporary release after the 2019 Rugby World Cup for a sabbatical in Japan and will only return to South Africa and the Lions in June 2020.
He too will therefore miss the 2020 Super Rugby competition and arrive back just in time for the mid-year internationals.
With the abovenamed players now confirmed playing their rugby abroad next year, South Africa’s four Super Rugby franchises will on average lose eight players each – and those who aren’t first-choice for their franchise teams all supplement the depth of their teams.
In addition to the players departures, the Lions on Tuesday confirmed their management teams for the Currie Cup and Under-21 tournaments.
Head coach - Ivan van Rooyen
Forwards - Philip Lemmer
Breakdown and Defence - Sean Erasmus
Attack - Neil de Bruin
Scrum consultant - Julian Redelinghuys
Strength and Conditioning -Rupert Oberholster
Manager - Mustapha Boomgaard
Team physician - Dr Rob Collins
Physiotherapist - Preven Appalsamy
Massage therapists - Ram Mpila & Carol Dickson
Kit - Johane Singwane
Head Coach - Joey Mongalo
Forwards - Wessel Roux
Attack - Mziwakhe Nkosi
Strength and Conditioning - Stefan van Deventer
Manager - MJ RabodibaTeam physician - Dr Anri van Tonder
Physiotherapist - Pam Watts
Kit - Bestall Mondo