Big Joe to join Lions




Joe van Niekerk will be back in the Lions’ den later this week after holding talks senior officials of the Golden Lions Rugby Union and being medically examined by the team doctor, Frans Verster.

van Niekerk’s three year Northampton contract fell through, rumoured to be due to a back injury so now Big Joe van Niekerk will settle down at Ellis Park with the Lions.

Lions coach Eugene Eloff said on Sunday van Niekerk would join the Super 14 squad on Tuesday.

His mother and agent Cathy is ready to fight for compensation for the loss of the Northhampton contract, “Joe still wants to play abroad,” she said on Sunday. “We’ll have to fight a legal battle.”


The matter is said to be with their lawyers after the van Niekerk’s say that he is fit to play but Northampton were not convinced.


van Niekerk has been a prominent player over the past few seasons for the Stormers and Western Province.

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