In a major boost for SA Rugby and the Lions, Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx has extended his contract with the Johannesburg side until 2021.
Lions Rugby Company, together with SA Rugby and the newly established contracting model, have been able to retain the services of the outstanding front-row by ensuring the player’s career is managed and sustained.
Marx will be able to enjoy a temporary release after the 2019 Rugby World Cup for a sabbatical in Japan. He will return to South Africa and the Lions in June 2020.
Rudolph Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Company, said they are immensely proud to retain the services of Marx.
“Malcolm has always given the Lions and Springboks 100% effort and dedication and to ensure sustainability in the young player’s career, it is important that, together, we look after his well-being,” he said.
Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s director of rugby, said he was delighted that Marx has renewed his contract.
“Malcolm is an outstanding player and his decision to renew his contract is very good news for the Lions and the Springboks. He has established himself as a world-class player and his contribution to the Springboks has been immense,” said Erasmus.
Erasmus also praised the player for his decision to continue his career with the Lions and, with the British and Irish Lions tour looming in 2021, he added: “We just recently launched the new contracting model, to which the franchises, provinces and MyPlayers have totally bought into.
“Malcolm’s contract renewal at the Lions is an excellent example of what can be achieved if we all work together with the best interest of the player and South African rugby in general, in mind.”