In a statement the Lions said they “would like to confirm that the following players have all re-signed with the Lions: Courtnall Skosan, Dillon Smit, Kwagga Smith, Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Dylan Smith.
However, the significant fact is that Whiteley and Marx have only signed on for one more year – until after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
The possibility that Marx and Whiteley have not signed on for longer must raise some concern.
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Super Rugby’s three-times losing Finalists, the Lions, have confirmed the departure of a host of senior players.
Seasoned prop Jacques van Rooyen has signed with Bath.
Kriel (flank) and Dreyer (prop) are both joining former Lions coach Johann Ackermann at Gloucester.
Bok lock Franco Mostert is also listed on the club’s new recruits, but the Lions are disputing the legitimacy of this contract.
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