Bok lock Marvin Orie decides to leave Lions
Springbok lock Marvin Orie has chosen to leave the Lions after his agreement with the Johannesburg franchise expired this month.
The Lions posted goodbye messages to the 27-year-old, thanking him for his service since he joined them from the Bulls in 2017.
It’s so far uncertain where Orie’s next location is, however it’s comprehended that he might be on the marketplace for an overseas move.
The Cape Town-born forward started his youth rugby career at Western Province prior to relocating to Pretoria and becoming part of the victorious 2013 University Cup University of Pretoria Tuks team that likewise consisted of Springboks Handre Pollard, Bongi Mbonambi and Courtnall Skosan.
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Orie made his Bok debut in Rassie Erasmus’ very first match as head coach versus Wales in Washington DC in 2018, where Ox Nche, Makazole Mapimpi, Jason Jenkins, Ivan van Zyl, Kwagga Smith and a whole host of other players made their debuts.
He had his best year in a Lions jersey in 2019, working in lovely show with hooker Malcolm Marx but was unlucky to lose out on World Cup final selection.
He’s up until now made 3 appearances for South Africa, the last of which protested Argentina at Loftus Versfeld in 2019, all as a reserve.
His last match for the Lions was in the Currie Cup semi-final defeat to the eventual champions, the Bulls, at Loftus, where his performances was ruined by a multitude of penalties yielded.
However, he was an important part of the Lions team that made the 2018 Super Rugby last, losing to the Crusaders in Christchurch.