The Lions have apparently signed two members of the SA Under 20 side which toured France earlier this year. Bulls centre Divan Kotze and Sharks flank Thilipatu Marole will seemingly play their rugby at Coca-Cola Park next season.
Kotze is a born-and-bred Blue Bull, having attended Waterkloof Hoër in Pretoria. He has represented the Bulls at virtually every age-group level and played for them at Vodacom Cup and Under 21 level in 2008. Most comfortable at centre, the 20 -year-old is also quite capable at flyhalf and will add much-needed depth to the Lions ranks.
Marole joined the Sharks from the Leopards age-group ranks, yet despite representing South Africa at both under 19 and under 21 level, has failed to make his mark on the domestic scene, turning out more regularly for the Jaguars team than for any of the Union’s representative sides. Also just 20, Serge (as he is known to his team mates) is of the short and stocky variety and he will presumably be earmarked as backup to the inimitable Baywatch Grobler in the Lions number 6 jersey.
Let’s hope Loffie Eloff has some other bigger names lined up to join the Lions in 2009, or else it’s going to be another long season for fans of the Jobrug team.Tweet