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

The laws are fine, the card was correct and the Crusaders are worthy Champions

The laws are fine, the card was correct and the Crusaders are worthy Champions

by , 8 Aug 2017 Popular article! Video

It was one of those moments in a game where as soon, as it happened, you could see and hear the conversations starting.

The Crusaders and the Lions have saved Super Rugby with a super final

The Crusaders and the Lions have saved Super Rugby with a super final

by , 7 Aug 2017 Popular article! Video

The Super Rugby 2017 final, won by the Crusaders over the favourites the Lions 25-17, was played with such ferocious intensity and high skills from both sides that the multitude of problems that have plagued the tournament this year were reduced to insignificance during the 80 minutes or so of battle on the field.

The Wrap: Crusaders’ Super Rugby win testament to culture of success

The Wrap: Crusaders’ Super Rugby win testament to culture of success

by , 7 Aug 2017 Video

The Crusaders’ clinical Super Rugby final win, 25-17 over the Lions, has showed once again that when matters are kept to rugby, the competition is not as broken as what it appears.

It’s all about the coaches

It’s all about the coaches

by , 7 Aug 2017

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article titled ‘Australian needs a champion team not a team of champions‘.

The High Five: Super Rugby Final

The High Five: Super Rugby Final

by , 6 Aug 2017

The Crusaders have won the 2017 Super Rugby title after defeating the Lions by 25-17 in Johannesburg, scoring three tries to two in the process.

Great to be eight! Crusaders conquer Lions to take another title

Great to be eight! Crusaders conquer Lions to take another title

by , 6 Aug 2017 Popular article!

The Crusaders have been crowned Super Rugby champions for 2017 after defeating the Lions at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg by 25 points to 17 in a hard fought and composed performance in front of over 60,000 fans.

Lions vs Crusaders highlights: Super Rugby Final live scores, blog

Lions vs Crusaders highlights: Super Rugby Final live scores, blog

by , 5 Aug 2017 Popular article! Video

Match result: The Crusaders have been crowned Super Rugby champions for 2017 after defeating the Lions at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg by 25 points to 17 in a hard fought and composed performance in front of over 60,000 fans.

Super Rugby Final: Lions vs Crusaders preview and prediction

Super Rugby Final: Lions vs Crusaders preview and prediction

by , 5 Aug 2017 Popular article!

The finale of the Super Rugby season is upon us. Four conferences have battled it out in a flurry of intercontinental travel and match-ups and now, there are just two teams remaining.

Super Rugby final live stream – how to watch Lions vs Crusaders online or on TV

Super Rugby final live stream – how to watch Lions vs Crusaders online or on TV

by , 5 Aug 2017

The Lions and the Crusaders have both been brilliant in 2017, but only one can be Super Rugby Championships. This week, they meet in Johannesburg in the title match.

Lions vs Crusaders Super Rugby final – kick-off time, date, squads, key info

Lions vs Crusaders Super Rugby final – kick-off time, date, squads, key info

by , 5 Aug 2017

The 2017 Super Rugby season comes to a close as the Lions and Crusaders do battle in the final. The match is scheduled to kick-off at midnight, between Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 (AEST).


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