Lions lose another Bok to Japan

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:50
Large ryan kankowski lions 800

NEWS: The Golden Lions' contingent of Springboks in Japan received another addition on Wednesday.

Lions No.8 and Currie Cup captain Ryan Kankowski has been released to join the Red Hurricanes in Japan with immediate effect.

The Lions have released him with the option of contracting him for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

"We are very excited about the depth of junior talent in the franchise and feel it is the right time to expose youngsters to Currie Cup rugby,"Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company, said.

"Our High Performance Department deserves credit for the way in which the strength of our juniors has grown over the last few seasons through the right contracting and proper coaching."

Kankowski will join fellow Springbok Heinrich Brüssow at the Hurricanes - while fellow Lions like Lionel Mapoe, Hencus van Wyk and Ruan Combrinck are also still in Japan.

Lions coach Swys de Bruin said he will give the junior players in the union the opportunity to showcase their talents and skill during the remainder of the Currie Cup season.

Players like Hacjivah Dayimani, Jo Hanko de Villiers, Rhyno Herbst and Len Massyn will be able to show their potential - a move designed to help them make the step up from junior to senior level in the coming weeks.

The union's junior teams are looking at securing home semifinals in their respective provincial Under-19 and Under-21 tournaments - with teams currently in the top and second position respectively.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 20 October 2017
Scarlets v Bath 18h45 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 21 October 2017
Australia v New Zealand 09h00 Brisbane
Glasgow Warriors v Leinster 12h00 Scotstoun
Sharks v Blue Bulls 12h30 Durban
Treviso v Toulon 14h15 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Western Province v Golden Lions 15h00 Cape Town
Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Leicester Tigers v Castres 16h30 Welford Road
Munster v Racing Metro 16h30 Thomond Park
Saracens v Ospreys 18h45 Allianz Park
Sun, 22 October 2017
Montpellier v Exeter Chiefs 12h00 Altrad Stadium
La Rochelle v Ulster 14h15 Paris
Wasps v Harlequins 16h30 Ricoh Arena
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26