Ross Cronje pens new deal with Lions

Ross Cronje has been with Lions since 2012
Ross Cronje has been with Lions since 2012

Lions have confirmed scrum-half Ross Cronje has penned a new deal that will keep him with the Super Rugby club until 2020.

The 28-year-old made his professional rugby with Sharks and switched to Lions in 2012. He has also played for 10 Tests for Springboks with all of it coming in 2017.

Cronje is looking forward to another stint with the South African club and also expressed his view about players moving overseas to ply their trade.

“I’ve signed for another two years with the Lions. I absolutely love it in Johannesburg; my family is here, the bush is around the corner, the sun’s out all day, every day, and the beach is only an hour-long flight away,” he told SARugbymag.

“A rugby career is only so long and you’ve got to make the most of it. However, if you still have a dream of playing in the World Cup and competing against the best, you have to stay here and play Super Rugby, which I believe only improves your game because it is one of the hardest competitions in the world.

“Going overseas sets you up for life after rugby [financially]. A lot of the guys are sad to be leaving, but they are doing it for their families, otherwise they’d be staying here.

"But at the same time if you are smart enough you can set yourself up while playing professional rugby here too.”

Lions currently are at the top of the South African Conference with 41 points from 15 games.

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