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Lions sign centre EW Viljoen from Leicester Tigers

Lions sign centre EW Viljoen from Leicester Tigers - Sports Leo

The Lions on Tuesday confirmed the signing of experienced outside centre EW Viljoen.

The 25-year-old had been with English Premiership side Leicester Tigers since the beginning of the 2019 season, making just four appearances.

The experienced outside centre grew up in Bloemfontein where his rugby career started. From there he moved to Western Province in 2014, making 28 appearances for the Stormers since his debut in 2017.

He also represented South Africa at Under 20 level at the Junior World Championship in which he played a starring role on the way to South Africa’s third-place finish in the tournament.

The Johannesburg-based franchise announced also recently that Bok prop Ruan Dreyer – a former Junior Springbok (2010) who played in four Tests in 2017 – will be returning to Ellis Park from Gloucester, where he spent the last two seasons.

A bunch of exciting younger players have also opted to make Gauteng their new home recently, with the Bulls again making good use of their cheque book by signing David Kriel (wing/fullback) and Schalk Erasmus (hooker) from Western Province, Jan Uys (lock) from Brive in France, and the Cheetahs lock duo of Sintu Manjezi and Walt Steenkamp.

Another former Cheetahs player who has decided to move north on the N1, is speedster Rabz Maxwane, who signed with the Lions.

At the conclusion of the 2018/19 Pro14 season, Maxwane was honoured with the Top-Try Scorer Award after finishing the pool stages of the Northern Hemisphere competition as the top try scorer with an impressive 14 five-pointers.

Burger Odendaal, who played in the red and white jersey at Youth Week level, will be joining Maxwane in Johannesburg. The Lions announced earlier on Monday that they had signed the former Bulls captain from their rivals north of the Jukskei River.

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