Cronje joins the pride

Jacques Cronje will head down to Johannesburg at the conclusion of this season to play his rugby with the Lions.

It has been confirmed by Lions CEO Andy Turner that the 1.94m, 118kg Springbok loose forward will join the team officially on 1 November when his contract with the Vodacom Blue Bulls ends. He has signed a two-year deal with the franchise, but will remain on national duty until the end of the year.

Cronje will add plenty of value to the resurgent Lions pack, which already boasts quality loose forwards such as Wikus van Heerden, Cobus Grobbelaar and Ernst Joubert. He may even be shifted into the second row, which should increase the mobility of the forwards without losing anything in the ball-carrying stakes.

The 24-year-old has to date represented the Bulls in several successful Absa Currie Cup campaigns, and has been an intergral part of the Vodacom Super 14 team as well.