Friday, January 11, 2013

The Golden Lions to tour the USA and Canada

Former Golden Lion - USA Captain Todd Clever
Despite having been axed from Super Rugby to make way for the Southern Kings the team representing South Africa´s largest city is not short of matches. The Golden Lions has confirmed a  seventeen match season featuring matches against a variety of teams. The Johannesrburg based Super Rugby franchise will play against three countries from Rugby World Cup 2011 - Namibia, Russia and Samoa as well as taking on all five South African Super Rugby franchises playing in the 2013 Super Rugby competition. There are also to be home matches against four French Top 14 clubs. The final two games are the big ones as the Golden Lions will face a Super Rugby team in a promotion and relegation play-off in August some seven months after its first match. 

All but four of the matches are to be played in South Africa. Namibia will be hosting the Golden Lions in late February while six weeks latter the side will travel to North America on a three match tour. The tour will begin on April 13 and finish on April 27. The matches will not be against either Canada or the USA but will nevertheless be massive occassions for both Canada and the USA. They are likely to be used by both Rugby Canada and USA Rugby in preperation for the international season starting in June. Leading North American based players are likely to get game time. The first match sees the US Invitational XV hosting a match in Irvine, the second will see Vancouver host a match between the Golden Lions and a side known as the North American Barbarians while the third will be see the Chicago Lions play at home. 

Complete Fixture List

January 19 Golden Lions v Russia (Ellis Park) 
January 26 Golden Lions v Cheetahs (Ellis Park) 
February 2 Golden Lions v Bulls (Orlando Stadium) 
February 9 Golden Lions v Southern Kings (Ellis Park) 
February 23 Namibia v Golden Lions(Windhoek) 
March 16 Golden Lions v Mont de Marsan (Ellis Park) 
April 13 US Invitational XV v Golden Lions (Irvine) 
April 20 North American Barbarians v Golden Lions (Vancouver) 
April 27 Chicago Lions v Golden Lions (Chicago) 
May 11 Golden Lions v Agen (Ellis Park) 
June 1 Golden Lions v Samoa (Ellis Park) 
June 8 Golden Lions v French Barbarians (Ellis Park) 
June 15 Golden Lions v Stormers (Ellis Park) 
June 21 Golden Lions v Sharks (Ellis Park) 
July 12 Golden Lions v Montpellier (Ellis Park) 
July 20 Golden Lions v Grenoble (Ellis Park) 
July 27 Super Rugby promotion/relegation (away) 
August 3 SuperRugby promotion/relegation (Ellis Park)

Todd Clever playing Super Rugby for the Lions

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