Lions

Last updated: 7 March, 2017

Johannesburg LionsFounded in 1996, the Lions have made the Super Rugby finals just three times in their history, in the 2000, 2001 and 2016 seasons. The team finished second overall in their latest campaign but fell short in the Super Rugby Final as the Hurricanes ran out 20-3 winners.

There were periods where the Lions were clouded by an uncertainty due to their lowly finishes after making the finals in 2001 and were eventually relegated from the Super Rugby competition for the 2013 season after finishing last in 2012.

After defeating the Southern Kings (who replaced them for the 2013 season) in a two-legged playoff, the Lions confirmed their return to Super Rugby in 2014. The side finished 12th in the 2014 competition, 8th in 2015 and the upward trend continued as they finished second in the 2016, losing the Grand Final to the Hurricanes.

The Lions play out of the iconic Ellis Park, in Johannesburg and are currently coached by Johan Ackermann.

Lions 2017 Super Rugby Squad
Ruan Dreyer, Julian Redelinghuys, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Jacques van Rooyen, Robbie Coetzee, Malcolm Marx, Akker van der Merwe, Robert Kruger, Marvin Orie, Ruan Ackermann, Fabian Booysen, Cyle Brink, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley, Faf de Klerk, Dillon Smit, Elton Jantjies, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck

The full 2017 Super Rugby draw can be found here.

Lions Articles

Kings vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Kings vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 26 Mar 2017

The Kings will hope to continue some good recent form when they host the Lions in the early hours of Sunday morning (AEDT). Join The Roar for live scores from the match, starting from 12:05am (AEDT).

Lions vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Lions vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 19 Mar 2017 Popular article! Video

Match result: The Reds were given a comprehensive beating by the Lions in Johannesburg, scoring two tries to seven and losing by 30 points.

Moore benched, Ready to start for Reds

Moore benched, Ready to start for Reds

by , 17 Mar 2017

Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore has been dropped to the bench with Andrew Ready set to start for the Queensland Reds in their Super Rugby clash with the Lions in Johannesburg.

Jaguares beat Lions in Super Rugby

Jaguares beat Lions in Super Rugby

by , 12 Mar 2017

Argentina’s Jaguares picked up a significant win in their second season in Super Rugby convincingly beating 2016 runner-up the Lions 36-24 in Buenos Aires in the last match of round three.

Jaguares vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores

Jaguares vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores

by , 12 Mar 2017

The Jaguares have the home ground advantage when they come up against the Lions in the final match of Round 3 of Super Rugby. Join The Roar for live scores from the match, at Estadio Jose Amalfitani, starting from 6:40am AEDT.

Lions over-run Waratahs in Super Rugby

Lions over-run Waratahs in Super Rugby

by , 5 Mar 2017

The Lions have put the NSW Waratahs to the sword in a Super Rugby try-fest in Johannesburg.

Lions vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Lions vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 4 Mar 2017 Popular article!

The Waratahs travel to Johannesburg to play the Lions for Round 2 of Super Rugby. Join The Roar from 12 midnight (AEDT) for all the action.

Cheetahs vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores

Cheetahs vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores

by , 26 Feb 2017

The Lions are the favourites to get their 2017 Super Rugby campaign started with some winning form when they take on the Cheetahs. Join The Roar for live scores from the match, starting from 12:05am AEDT.

Lions: Returning players to look out for in 2017

Lions: Returning players to look out for in 2017

by , 9 Feb 2017

Injuries are a fact of life in Super Rugby, but with modern medicine there’s hope that players can return to their former glory.

Super Rugby 2017 preview – Africa 2 conference

Super Rugby 2017 preview – Africa 2 conference

by , 19 Jan 2017

This week we will take a look at the Africa 2 Conference, arguably the more competitive of the African conferences.


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