Frequently Asked Questions
(Updated on 1 September 2012)
What is this page all about ?
The Lions is a provincial rugby union team in South Africa.
Rugby union is a team sport played in most countries in the world, and 95
national teams appear on the current IRB (International Rugby Board) World Ranking.
What made you start this page ?
I started this page in September 1996 when there were hardly any
South African Rugby pages on the internet.
In fact, the only South African website that started before mine, and that is
still going, is the SARFU website.
I have always been a big Transvaal/Lions rugby fan, and have been going to Ellis
Park with my dad ever since I was a baby. In those days it still had wooden
seats and dusty aisles, and you weren't forced to pay some guy a lot of money to watch
I also remember when they started building the new Ellis Park, when we had to go
watch rugby at the Wanderers (The local cricket grounds) for about two seasons.
In those days Transvaal battled to win at rugby, because Naas Botha played for
Northerns and he was just too good for us.
But it was worth the wait, we got the finest rugby stadium in South Africa, and
we also started winning games, and won the Currie Cup three times in the 90's.
(1993, 1994 and 1999)
So that's why I started the page, I am a big Transvaal fan, and because there
wasn't a lot of South African Rugby pages, I decided to start one with info
about my favorite team, Transvaal, but I also include some information about the
Springbok games and players.
Can you help to get tickets ?
No, I can't, although from 2007 the GLRU (Golden Lions Rugby Union) often
provided me with tickets for the Super 14 matches that I was able to give away
as prizes in competitions, so just keep an eye out for this on the competition
page on my site. From 2006 I was also given media accreditation at Ellis Park
from where I do all my match reports, but unfortunately this was revoked in
2010, when the team was doing very bad in the Super 14, and the union could
not handle the critisism that duly went their way.
Can you help to get phone numbers of the players ?
No, I can't, although I do know some of the players personally, I have to respect their privacy.
Why do you use the old name ?
I have owned the domain
www.transvaal.co.za since 2004, and obviously it's to distinguish my site from the
official one. In 2009 I acquired the domain
www.lionsworld.co.za, and that is now where the site is hosted.
Do you think Ellis Park should be moved ?
No, I go to most rugby games at Ellis Park,
and have been going there for about 40 years, so it will be really sad if it's not
the home of the Lions any longer. Safe parking exist at the Johannesburg stadium
as well as in the parkade on the Eastern side of the park, so there is really no
excuse to come and support your team!
Will you link to my page ?
I'll gladly link to any rugby page, as long as you are willing to
link back to mine !
How big is a rugby field ?
This was a bit of an unusual question, but here goes: The field is
normally 100 meters long by 70 meters wide, excluding the in goal area, which is
obviously the same width as the playing area, and anything from 10 meters to 25
meters long. Ellis Park then seats about 62500 spectators around this playing
How many points did a try count during the years ?
This was a very good question, when rugby started a try didn't count any points, but
you were then allowed to "try" to score by kicking a conversion. In 1890 they started awarding 1 point for a try,
where today it counts 5.
Below is a table with the value of tries, conversions, penalties, drop goals and goals from marks during the years:
Points values through the years|
||Goal from mark