Many magnificent gamers have entered the famed Lions den, however who leads the pack and deserves to be inducted into SARugbymag’s Lions Corridor of Fame?

Johan Ackermann
A giant, burly lock, Ackermann made massive strides on the sector and nice ones off it. The previous Bok bruiser is a three-time SARU Coach of the 12 months (2014, 2015 and 2016) and is broadly thought to be the “saviour” of Lions rugby because of his Tremendous Rugby exploits.

After taking up the teaching reins from John Mitchell in 2013, Ackermann led the Lions to Tremendous Rugby finals in 2016 and 2017 as they turned the primary South African franchise for the reason that Bulls (2009, 2010) to qualify for back-to-back finals. He made 55 appearances for the Lions throughout his enjoying days, scoring 4 tries.

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John Daniels
The Currie Cup’s all-time most prolific try-scorer, Daniels crossed the whitewash for enjoyable and made 74 appearances for the Lions, scoring a staggering 65 tries between 2002 to 2006. He’s additionally the Vodacom Cup’s best try-scorer of all time and was named the Vodacom Cup Participant of the Season in 2004.

Jaques Fourie
Fourie was blessed with nice energy, misleading pace and had his opponents sweating when he hit the gainline at full tilt.

He made 68 Tremendous Rugby appearances for the Lions, dotting down 24 instances from 2003 to 2009.

Fourie at the moment serves because the Lions defence coach since taking the put up in 2021.

Japie Mulder 
A thundering all-rounder, Mulder performed with a nasty edge and served the Lions with aplomb.

From 1991 to 2001, Mulder racked up 113 Currie Cup appearances, received three Currie Cup titles and three Lion Cup trophies. He was additionally a part of the Lions squad that received the inaugural Tremendous 10 trophy in 1993.

Joe van Niekerk
The 2002 SA Rugby Participant of the 12 months, “Massive Joe” was constructed like a ahead however had the talents of a again. In two stints with the Lions he made 42 appearances and scored eight tries.

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Kobus Wiese
One of the vital well-known faces of South African rugby, Wiese was a stalwart for the Lions. Like Mulder, he was a part of the 1993 set-up, arguably the best facet ever fielded by the Lions, that received the Tremendous 10 trophy, Lion Cup and Currie Cup. Wiese made an unbelievable 128 provincial appearances for the Lions and scored 21 tries.

Picture: Carl Fourie / Gallo Photographs

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