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Johannesburg LionsFounded in 1996, the Lions have made the Super Rugby finals just twice in their history, in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Lions have often been clouded by an uncertain future due to their lowly finishes, and were 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 Lions play out of the iconic Ellis Park, in Johannesburg.

Lions Articles

The Lions are the greatest rugby team in the world

by , 24 Mar 2014

The Lions’ comeback win against the Reds on Saturday night was nothing short of inspiring. It’s not so much what they’ve achieved but the manner in which they’ve achieved it, their weaknesses across the park not enough to keep this team down. This is said respectfully as they could probably all be doctors and engineers, […]

Lions vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores

by , 23 Mar 2014 Popular article!

The Reds play the second leg of their South African sojourn against the surprise packets of the Super Rugby competition so far, the Lions, in Johannesburg. Join us right here on The Roar for live scores from 2am AEDT. The Reds copped a tough fixture for the first game of their trip to the Republic […]

The Lions best ever Super XV

The Lions best ever Super XV

by , 6 Mar 2014

Welcome back to my series of previews into the best ever Super Rugby XVs. Today we are going to have a look at the best ever Lions Super Rugby team. First, here is the final Highlanders XV selected Fullback – Ben Smith Wings – Jeffrey Wilson and Brendan Laney Centres – John Leslie and Seilala […]

South African fanchises need vision, skills and innovation

South African fanchises need vision, skills and innovation

by , 4 Mar 2014

Naas Botha once said the Currie Cup is not won in May and I suppose we could say the Super Rugby is not won in February either, however when you start looking around it is clear the South African Franchises are not in a good head space at the moment. Sharks They are currently the […]

Lions do it again, Cheetahs win and Sharks underwhelm against Hurricanes

Lions do it again, Cheetahs win and Sharks underwhelm against Hurricanes

by , 23 Feb 2014

If you are going to ask me what is more important in rugby, hunger or talent, I am inclined to suggest hunger. How many times could you suggest “an upset”? I would suggest it has similarities to asking the question “how long is a piece of rope?” Depends what you are going to use it […]

Lions upset Cheetahs, Sharks get a bonus point

by , 16 Feb 2014

There are days when you return from the office and ask yourself “how did that happen?” That is what coach Naka Drotske will be asking himself after the Cheetahs lost their campaign opener at home to the returning Lions from Johannesburg. With seven debutants in Bloemfontein the Lions arrived with little hope of scaring the […]

South African Super Rugby season review

South African Super Rugby season review

by , 8 Aug 2013

After finishing the Super Rugby overall conference in second and sixth respectively, the Bulls and Cheetahs had their finals run halted by South African born coach Jake White and his ACT Brumbies. Meanwhile, at the other end of the South African conference, the Kings will be replaced by the Johannesburg Lions in the 2014 Super […]

Promotion, relegation farce continues

by , 25 Jul 2013

The Lions will have an opportunity for redemption and re-entry into the Super Rugby fold when they meet the Kings in the first leg of the promotion and relegation match on Friday evening in Port Elizabeth. The Lions were ousted last year due to a decision from the South African Rugby Union made in favour […]

SPIRO: The First Roar of the Lions

SPIRO: The First Roar of the Lions

by , 21 Jun 2013

Let’s go back in time to 2 June 1888. A British rugby team, dubbed the “First Lions” by writers in the modern era, is going to play a New South Wales side at the Sydney Cricket Ground (known then as the Association Cricket Ground). This will be the first rugby international match played at what […]

1989 series made Lions: Lawton

by , 8 Jun 2013

What has become world rugby’s showpiece – the British and Irish Lions tour – came very close to being relegated to sideshow status, ex-Wallabies hooker Tom Lawton says. The Lions’ 1989 tour may be remembered for all the wrong reasons by Australians after a David Campese brain explosion capped the Wallabies’ 2-1 series loss. However, […]

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