Lions look for opportunities abroad

Lions Rugby Union President Kevin de Klerk. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - MTN Lions coach Johan Ackermann is excited about the prospect of playing abroad. 

The reigning Currie Cup champions are seeking greater opportunities after they were relegated from the Super Rugby conference.

Lions President Kevin de Klerk is working hard to secure matches against various teams abroad.

Ackermann believes playing overseas will be great for the franchise.

“It’s not the end of the world if you miss six months of Super Rugby. There are other competitions and [they] can open new doors for the players.”

The Lions play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Ackerman named an unchanged side for the fixture, with Jaco Taute once again finding himself on the bench.

He admitted he suppressed the urge to start the utility back and said his side had to rely on veteran players.

The Lions are currently second on the Currie Cup log. 

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)