Lions sign their second foreign player


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The Xerox Lions have signed their second overseas player for next season. It was revealed on Wednesday that the New Zealand wing Willie Rickards will be joining the Lions for the 2009 Super 14 and Currie Cup competitions.

He plays for Southland in the Air New Zealand Cup and has also represented them as a centre.

Todd Clever, US Eagles No 8, signed up with the Lions at the end of last month.

He is, like Rickards who played in the New Zealand Sevens national trials, an outstanding Sevens players and was one of the stars in the 2007/08 IRB Sevens World series.

Rickards is a big three-quarter at 1.87m and 101kg and will fill a void on the wing that existed throughout the 2008 season until Michael Killian was brought into the starting line-up.

It has been known for some time now that lively Griquas’ hooker Hans van Dyk has been contracted to the side until the end of 2010, and the Lions have also acquired the services of Falcons’ centre Ruan Cloete until the end of 2010.

Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday that Western Province scrumhalf Alastair Siegelaar will be playing for the Lions next year, while Jaque Fourie is staying put for another two years despite talk to the contrary.


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