Willie Rickards, a 1.87m and 101kg New Zealand wing, has signed a contract to play Super 14 and Currie Cup rugby for the Lions until the end of the 2009 season.
Rickards, who has also played at centre for Southland, was invited to the New Zealand sevens trials earlier this year, says Wimpie Vermeulen, backline coach of the Lions.
Todd Clever, one of the best players in the United States team at the 2007 World Cup tournament, also signed a contract with the Golden Lions Rugby Union recently. He is a loose forward.
Hennie Brandt writes in Beeld that Griquas hooker Hans van Dyk and Falcons centre Ruan Cloete have signed to play for the Lions until the end of 2010.
The Lions were in a predicament this season when Jano Vermaak was suspended and inside centre Doppies la Grange had to stand in as deputy scrumhalf for Chris Jonck.
It is unlikely to happen again. Manie Reynecke, chief executive of the union, has succeeded in bringing promising Western Province scrumhalf Alastair Siegelaar to Johannesburg.
Siegelaar, who has played Under-21, Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup rugby for WP, will also be available until at least the end of 2010.
Reynecke has also made an end to rumours that Springbok threequarter Jaque Fourie is looking for greener pastures.
Fourie has also been contracted until the end of 2010, as have La Grange, loosehead prop Heinke van der Merwe, No 8 Willem Alberts and versatile back Louis Ludik.Tweet