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Lions sign New Zealand wing

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 15 Oct 2008 at 08:39

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.


  • I’m in two minds about this.

    He certainly seems to be big enough but if he was not chosen in any of the 5 NZ S14 squads that wouldn’t place him in the top 20 NZ wingers.

    How good IS he then really?

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.10.08 08:56:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Good on the lions. South Africa’s economic powerhouse could do with some powerhouse players.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.10.08 09:07:40 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • The Lions are bying stupidly here. Why buy in places where you do not need players?? 🙄 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.10.08 09:11:10 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • That should read ‘positions’….

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.10.08 09:11:43 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • Now thats what Im talking about!

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.10.08 09:13:14 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Silver Fox (Comment 3) :

    You right but atleast thy thinking outside the box for a change.
    Flyhalf comes to mind and a inside centre..although Id like to see Venter given more of a chance.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.10.08 09:15:16 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Silver Fox (Comment 3) :

    On Clever that may actually be true but I do believe that they are thin in the wing department. Rayno Benjamin just doesn’t cut it IMO.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.10.08 09:15:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : They could have ‘bought’ old Trompie there. And wings are a dime a dozen in SA, if you are thin there, you are thin in the head.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.10.08 09:20:45 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 8) :

    I think SA is short on really good international class wings, ie big, fast, good boot, positionally sound and good on defence, but bringing in imports is not going solve that problem in the long term.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.10.08 09:52:07 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 9) : hey, come on… we have Wylie Human in SA!?! 🙄

    i tell you now, IF wylie catches the ball, he will score… IF he catches the ball.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.10.08 09:58:07 by VanWilder Reply

  • I hope Willie comes good for the Lions. But the cynic in me can’t help wondering, if he’s really that good.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.10.08 10:04:20 by McLovin Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 10) :

    I am not going to say anything nasty about Wylie….the last time I mentioned his name and pensioner in the same sentence he went out and played a blinder on the next Saturday….ever since then WP coaches have been begging me to keep up the comments 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.10.08 10:19:08 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass

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