Nkosi And Gordon To Lead Lions u/21


The Lions has announced their management team as well as captain for the SA Under 21 competition set to start on Sunday 4 October hosted at the Emirates Airline Park.

Former SA Schools coach Mzwakhe Nkosi will take charge of the Xerox Lions Under 21 side for the SA Under 21 competition while eightman Travis Gordin will captain the side.

Nkosi coached at King Edward School VII (KES) in Johannesburg and was put through the Elite Player Development (EPD) programme that was founded by SA Rugby in 2015. His assistant coach, former Springbok prop Roux has been a coach with the Lions since 2016 and has been an integral part of the development of junior rugby since then.

Captain Travis Gordon started captaining Lions provincial teams from under 16 age group when he lead the Grant Khomo side in 2015. After that, he was part of the SARU Elite Squad from 2015 to 2017. Not only was 2017 the year that he matriculated from King Edward VII School, but he also captained the Lions to the unofficial champions at Craven Week. He then went on to win the under 19 Currie Cup and then leading the junior Springboks in three SA Schools tests.

Junior Management:
Mziwakhe Nkosi: Head Coach
Wessel Roux: Assistant Coach
Wynand Ellis: Assistant Coach
Stefan van Deventer: Technical (Sport Scientist)
Kyle Peyper: Technical (Sport Scientist)
Anri Collins: Doctor
Pamela Watts: Technical (Physiotherapist)
Hene Branders: Technical (Physiotherapist)
MJ Rabodiba: Technical (Team Manager)
Bestall Mondo: Technical (Kit)

The 2020 SA Rugby Under-21 Championship, featuring five provincial sides, will be played at one venue culminating in the final on 30 October, SA Rugby announced on Wednesday. The Xerox Lions Under-21 side will welcome their counterparts from the Cell C Sharks, Toyota Free State, DHL Western Province and Vodacom Blue Bulls to their iconic stadium for this exciting, action-packed and streamlined tournament.

All teams will play each once, with semi-finals and a final to conclude this showpiece of the best emerging South African rugby talent, with two matches to take place every four days.