(Yet) another Lion cub flees Pride Rock

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, WP on 29 Aug 2012 at 07:13
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Province yesterday confirmed the signature of Baby Bok lock Ruan Botha from the Lions, in a move that has been rumoured for some time now.

It’s the fourth blow to the once-proud Joburg union in just over a week, with other young players in Caylib Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) and Paul Willemse (Bulls), along with veteran prop Jacobie Adriaanse (Wales) all confirming their departure ahead of next year’s exclusion from Super Rugby.

The 2.03m Botha was a stand-out for Dawie Theron’s SA Under 20 side as they won the IRB Junior World Championship this year and despite still being eligible to play for Province at under 21 level in 2013, has already been capped at Super Rugby level by the Lions. Particularly galling for Lions fans will be the loss of both of their top-rated young locks; Willemse and Botha had the look of a well-balanced combo that could go on to form a great partnership at provincial, and perhaps even national, level in years to come.

Let’s hope, though, that neither disappears into obscurity behind the vast pools of second row talent already available to the Bulls and (especially) WP.


  • this is sad. seepage is causing the rift to widen

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.08.12 07:58:09 by Dunx Reply
  • Eish!!! I fear for the Lions that this is only the beginning. Soon we will start to hear of some of the big names signing for other unions.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.08.12 08:32:39 by Viking Reply
  • I was hoping for the Kings to sign some of the better Lions players.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.08.12 09:59:47 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 3) :

    but then this whole exercise would have achieved nothing . Same players . Different jersey ..

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.08.12 10:05:15 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) : Fair enough, but they do need a core to build around.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.08.12 11:13:51 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Another one gone. Josh Strauss will be a Crusader next year

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.08.12 13:35:48 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 6) :

    Its unconfirmed…

    Can’t think that it is true..

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.08.12 13:38:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 6) :

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.08.12 13:38:12 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : @SharksRTB (Comment 8) : Theres the link. Doesn’t sound unconfirmed to me

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.08.12 13:39:41 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 9) :

    If you have twitter, you will see the Lions have said it is unconfirmed.

    They have not done this with any other player leaving…

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.08.12 13:47:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • that Josh Strauss story is not true

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.08.12 13:49:47 by robdylan Reply
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