Lions

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.

Last updated: 7 March, 2017

Lions Articles

Lions preview: All Black legends share their memories from the greatest rugby series

Lions preview: All Black legends share their memories from the greatest rugby series

by , 3 Jun 2017 Video

The 2017 British and Irish Lions squad and their 20,000 plus fans are in for a treat when they make the pilgrimage to the land of the long white cloud.

Lions vs Kings: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Lions vs Kings: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 28 May 2017

The Lions will look to maintain their winning streak when they take on a wounded Kings team that narrowly lost to the Brumbies. Join us at The Roar for live score updates and a blog at 10:30pm AEST.

Lions run amok against Bulls in Jo’burg

Lions run amok against Bulls in Jo’burg

by , 21 May 2017

Winger Ruan Combrinck scored a brace of tries on his return from six months on the sidelines as the Lions mauled the Bulls 51-14 in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash at Ellis Park.

Lions vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores

Lions vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores

by , 21 May 2017

The Lions are on the hunt again in Round 13, looking to take down the Bulls on their path to top seeding for this year’s Super Rugby finals. Join The Roar for live scores from the match at Emirates Airlines Park starting from 1:15am AEST.

The Lions and Crusaders will take some beating from here

The Lions and Crusaders will take some beating from here

by , 16 May 2017

It was hard not to be impressed with what the Lions and Crusaders served up this weekend just gone. It’s seriously starting to feel like the Super Rugby final will have a very red and black feel about it in 2017.

Lions roar to victory in Canberra

Lions roar to victory in Canberra

by , 13 May 2017

No matter how bad things appear at the Brumbies, they are in fact worse. With the 13-6 loss to the Lions in Canberra, this campaign is not going to recover.

Brumbies vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Brumbies vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 12 May 2017 Popular article!

The in-form Lions have arrived in Canberra to tackle the stuttering Brumbies in a must-win game for the hosts at GIO Stadium on Friday night. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEST.

You don’t mess with the Johan: exclusive Roar interview with Johan Ackermann

You don’t mess with the Johan: exclusive Roar interview with Johan Ackermann

by , 12 May 2017

Dennis Dugan’s 2008 film “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” stars Adam Sandler as an Israeli agent who escapes his homeland to follow his dream.

Lions far too accomplished for battling Rebels

Lions far too accomplished for battling Rebels

by , 6 May 2017 Video

In front of a smallish crowd at AAMI Park Melbourne, on a grey afternoon, Super Rugby high flyers the Lions, got the result most people expected – a seven tries to one win over the Rebels.

Rebels vs Lions highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Rebels vs Lions highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 6 May 2017 Video

Match result: In front of a smallish crowd at AAMI Park Melbourne, on a grey afternoon, Super Rugby high flyers the Lions, got the result most people expected – a seven tries to one win over the Rebels.


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