South African Rugby
Lions snap up Sharks pair
ESPNscrum Staff
October 26, 2010
The Bulls' Gerrit-Jan van Velze is taken down by Patric Cilliers (right) and Albert van den Berg, Natal Sharks v Blue Bulls, Currie Cup, ABSA Stadium, Durban, South Africa, July 24, 2009
Patric Cilliers (right) suffered a number of injuries during his spell with the Sharks © Getty Images
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The Golden Lions have announced the signing of Patric Cilliers and Michael Rodes. Both players were released by the Sharks on Tuesday morning and will now join up with their new employers in Johannesburg next month.

Cilliers, 23, is a highly-rated prop who can play on either side of the scrum but he has seen his career interrupted by injury.

The 22-year-old Rodes, meanwhile, has shown plenty of promise since making his Sharks debut in 2009 but has seen his game time restricted by the intense competition for places in the Durban side's back-row.

The signing of two youngsters of undoubted potential offers further grounds for optimism for Lions fans, who have been buoyed by their side's upsurge in form since the arrival of former New Zealand boss John Mitchell as head coach.

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