Founded 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.