Lions - (formerly Cats, Kings) - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Red & White Shorts: Black Socks: Black with Red & White stripes
Home Ground: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
CEO: Rudolf Straeuli
The Lions were formed in 1998. Until 2007 they were called the Cats. For the first two years of the Super 12/14 competition the franchise was represented by the Currie Cup team Gauteng Lions (Transvaal). The current franchise represents the South African Rugby Regions of Johannesburg, North West & Mpumalanga. In 2013 the Southern Kings won the right to play in the competition. They lost this right by local promotion/relegation to the Lions for 2014.
The 2019 head coach is Swys (Neil) de Bruin. The assistant coaches are Philip Lemmer & Joey Mongolo.
The 2019 squad is:
Forwards: Jacobie Adriaanse; Cyle Brink; Jan-Henning Campher; Robbie Coetzee; Haejivah Dayimani; Lourens Erasmus; Rhyno Herbst; Pieter Jansen; Johannes Jonker; Robert Kruger; Stephan Lewies; Len Massyn; Malcolm Marx; Nathan McBeth; Danie Mienie; Marvin Orie; Carlu Sadie; Marnus Schoeman; Sti Sithole; Albertus (Kwagga) Smith; Dylan Smith; Vincent Tshituka; Wilhelm van der Sluys; Frans van Wyk; Ruan Vermaak; Warren Whiteley (C).
Backs:Andries Coetzee; Ruan Combrinck; Ross Cronje; Ahhiwe Dyanti; Tyrone Green; Nic Groom; Elton Jantjies; Gianni Lombard; Sylvian Mahuza; Lionel Mapoe; Franco Naude; Shaun Reynolds; Wandisile Similane; Courtnall Skosan; Dillon Smit; Madosh Tambwe; James Venter; Harold Vorster.
They play 8 Home games against: Bulls; Jaquares; Rebels; Sharks; Waratahs; Highlanders; Stormers; Hurricanes.
They play 8 Away games against: Jaquares; Stormers; Sunwolves; Brumbies; Chiefs; Crusaders; Sharks; Bulls.
The Lions finished in 2nd position at the end of the 2018 round-robin stages, losing the final to the Crusaders.
The Lions have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages of the Super competition six times out of 22 years.
In the play-offs they have featured in three finals in 2016, 2017 & 2018.
Their average finishing position is 9.55
They are 5th= on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$23.00