The South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) and the Lions Rugby Company have partnered with SPAR during the national lockdown to pack and distribute much-needed food parcels to Gauteng’s poorer communities affected by COVID-19. Over the past five weekends, over 1000 parcels have been distributed to various charities within Gauteng, with lots of support from family and friends.

SARLA Legends, John Smit, Warren Brosnihan, Dave von Hoesslin, Joel Stransky, Kennedy Tsimba, Mac Masina and others all flexed their muscles with the Lions Rugby Captain, Elton Jantjies and a few of his teammates, doing some heavy lifting for charity, assembling and handing out food parcels at SUPERSPAR Fontana The Wedge in Johannesburg. And while the Lions Rugby Company may not be able to challenge their arch rivals, the Blue Bulls on the field at the moment, Jantjies is throwing down a different kind of gauntlet during lockdown.

“I challenge the Blue Bulls, Trevor Nyakane and Coach Jake White, to raise funds and to beat our distribution of over 1000 food parcels in Gauteng”, said Jantjies. “The Lions Rugby Company and SA Rugby Legends have proved that we’ve got what it takes and can pull together as a team. Let’s see if the Bulls and other rugby unions can do the same with the #RugbyUnites challenge!”

SARLA CEO, Stefan Terblanche, said, “There is nothing stronger in SA sport than our rugby family coming together. Ivan Van Rooyen and Elton did an amazing job of kicking off the #RugbyUnites challenge, and now we want to see the other unions doing the same – starting with the Bulls. Come on, boys!”

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