Baywatch is still Lions captain

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 25 Jan 2010 at 14:43
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Cobus Grobbelaar will again captain the Lions as they prepare for the 2010 Super 14 competition.

“Cobus is a proven world class captain and we are proud to announce he will again lead the team in the Super 14”, director of coaching, Dick Muir said on Monday.

Grobbelaar, who took over the captaincy from Ernst Joubert in January 2008, has done an exceptional job over the past two years, and through his leadership abilities and playing, he has earned the respect of both his team-mates and opponents.

“We are very fortunate to have a variety of senior players who possess substantial leadership abilities, and are thus able to assist Cobus with making decisions on the field.

“Some of our more senior players who have these abilities, are Franco van der Merwe, Jonathan Mokuena, Doppies la Grange, Jano Vermaak and Herkie Kruger,” Muir said.

“Cobus has been playing in the Vodacom Super 14 competition for the Lions for four years, two of those as captain. We have had the pleasure of watching him grow, both as a player and a leader.

“In 2007 Andre Pretorius was captain, with Ernst Joubert as his vice-captain. However, after both players were ruled out due to injury, we called upon Cobus to step up.

“He had big shoes to fill, and yet he filled them perfectly, and has been the team’s leader since.

“He has claimed the role of captain as his own, and is able to both lead and motivate the younger players. Especially those who are making their debut in this international competition”, GLRU president, Kevin de Klerk said.

The will soon embark on a very difficult tour. The team will play two home matches before departing for the away leg of the tour, where they will cross the Tasman Sea twice before returning to South Africa for another four home and two away matches.

The Lions will play two warm up games – on Saturday against the Bulls and on Friday, February 5, against the Pumas.

The coaching staff will announce the Super 14 squad thereafter.


  • I don’t think making Baywatch captain is best for the team…

    Since he has been captain he has not been a great fetcher…
    And he asks the ref dumb questions…he does not communicate well…

    Ok I work for a bank…what do I know about coaching rugby…but I would rather prefer Baywatch to do the fetchers job…he can still be a senior player and motivate and assist with making decisions…etc…let someone else do the communicating…I am tired of looking up his nostrils at the post match interview… 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.01.10 21:22:57 by Hmmm Reply
  • Has anyone seen the LIONS squad…anything I need to sit down for before I read!??!

    I heard a rumour Reyno Benjamin could be in the squad…please please please please tell me it is not so!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.01.10 21:26:50 by Hmmm Reply
  • i was expecting some more changes at lions. it would be quite exciting to see change of captain.

    but baywatch is good player.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.01.10 21:29:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 2) : the article says the squad will be announced next week.

    unless you ask about the squad for warm-ups. You may want to go on – they should know.(i do not take any liability for telling you about this site, in case you do not know it already) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.01.10 21:32:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) :

    He is a less of a good player when he is captain…he was always in the top 2/3 fetchers and in the top 3 defending lose forwards…
    He is nowhere since he played captain…

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.01.10 21:38:46 by Hmmm Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 4) :

    LoL I don’t know it…what liability??

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.01.10 21:41:06 by Hmmm Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 4) : i love the thought of Hmmm visiting that site 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.01.10 21:41:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 6) : you’ll understand once you there 😉

    @robdylan (Comment 7) : as I said – don’t blame me later.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.01.10 21:58:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Nothing much to see 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.01.10 22:10:25 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 2) :

    Bru, you’ll be happy to know that Rayno Benjamin is in the Sevens squad for the tournaments in NZ and the USA.

    They depart on 30 January which means it is unlikely he will be playing for the Lions!!!

    Are you happy now??? 😉 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.01.10 07:01:43 by wpw Reply
  • duh. who was dick trying to kid by saying he hadn’t selected the captain yet. baywatch is the only player with good enough leadership skills.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.01.10 08:40:51 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 11) :
    Would tend to disagree there, Franco, Jano, Carlos, Todd to name a few

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.01.10 09:19:16 by Greg Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Perish the thought 🙄

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.01.10 09:19:52 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 13) :

    :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.01.10 09:35:46 by wpw Reply
  • [email protected]Greg (Comment 12) : carlos and todd are foreigners and don’t get afrikaans and the political settings of sa. you never give the captaincy to a scrumhalf, it is stupid. and baywatch is a better leader than franco. so i stick by my comment.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.01.10 10:11:26 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 15) : I agree Baywatch is the better option, the others have the qualities though. I also firmly believe the captain should be a forward, however the name Joost rings a bell?
    Originally I liked the idea of seeing Baywatch playing without the captaincy responsibility. However, given the mood in the camp, as oppossed to last year, it will be interesting to see how he leads a much more motivated(and hopefully) a winning team

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.01.10 10:19:11 by Greg Reply

  • @try time (Comment 15) : the Lions boys were all getting into a nice froth yesterday morning about Franco getting it…

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.01.10 10:19:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 16) : yeah joost was shocking as captain. scrummies don’t have time to think.

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.01.10 10:29:20 by try time Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : yeah i don’t even know why dick was poking a hornets nest. baywatch has been a stalwart at the lions and has the respect of the players. dropping him would be like john smit ditched for johan muller.

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.01.10 10:31:12 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 18) : In Joost’s case though, it’s not just because he was a scrummie 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.01.10 10:40:44 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 20) : 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.01.10 10:55:46 by try time Reply

  • He is getting a shoulder op and is out for he rest of the year

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.05.10 15:44:06 by walter van Lions World Reply

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  • @walter van Lions World (Comment 22) :

    That is not good news at all!!

    At least you have Wickus to take over as cappie!! 🙄


    On another note, when does Earl’s contract end?? I think the Sharks might be interested in him soon!! 😈 😕

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.05.10 15:52:53 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 23) :
    😈 Bwaaaaahaaa ….stirrer supreme.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.05.10 15:56:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @walter van Lions World (Comment 22) :
    Did you see that you got mentioned in the Sunday Times. 😎

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.05.10 15:56:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 24) :

    The way things have been going I bet you won’t be surprised if it happened!!

    What did they say about Walter??

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.05.10 15:59:07 by wpw Reply
  • Earl is playing for his club at the moment, so I’m sure he would like to join a union like the Sharks!

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.05.10 16:11:13 by walter van Lions World Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : Yes I saw, I’m going to frame that for my bar!

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.05.10 16:12:34 by walter van Lions World Reply

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  • Simin….. Xabbin…. (sorry chap I read your column but cant pronounce your name) mentioned that the Lions management had banned one of their most loyal and dedicated supporters… Walter.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.05.10 16:13:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : Wikus broke his arm in the match against the Cheetahs, he will also be out for a while

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.05.10 16:19:43 by walter van Lions World Reply

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  • @walter van Lions World (Comment 30) :

    Oh dear!! 😯

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.05.10 16:22:56 by wpw Reply

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