The Lions Rugby Union is currently South Africa’s top performing rugby franchise. They have featured in the last two Super Rugby Finals, losing out to the Hurricanes in 2016 and Crusaders in 2017. The performance of the Team has led to the call up of numerous players to the national side as well as Lions skipper Warren Whiteley being named the Springbok captain at the start of the 2017 international season.
The Team is governed by the Golden Lions Rugby Union and are based at Emirates Airline Park, better known as Ellis Park, in the heart of Johannesburg, with a 60 000 seat capacity.
The Team has a rich history in South African Rugby having been crowned Currie Cup champions on 11 occasions as well as winning the Super 10 title against the Auckland Blues in 1993. The core of the early 90’s Team helped the Springboks to win their first World Cup title at Ellis Park in 1995, with Lions and Springbok captain Francois Pienaar lifting the William Web Ellis trophy in front of his home crowd.
The Lions have employed a more expansive style of rugby in recent years, focussing on developing individual player skills to function within the Team structure. This style of play has made the Team a firm favourite among rugby supporters around the globe.