- Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx has opted to permanently leave the Lions.
- He will play for the Kubota Spears in Japan after it was determined that his exit clause with the Lions was valid.
- The Lions did, however, manage to persuade flyhalf Elton Jantjies to stay in Johannesburg.
The Lions have failed in their quest to keep Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx in Johannesburg.
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Marx recently terminated his new Lions contract - which was set to begin on 1 July - during the 21-day 'transfer window' which formed part of SA Rugby's salary-cut negotiations amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 25-year-old opted to sign for the Kubota Spears in Japan, who are coached by former Lions and Bulls mentor Frans Ludeke.
Marx also missed the early part of this year's Super Rugby tournament when he ran out for the NTT Communications Shining Arcs in Japan.
The Lions were confident they could retain Marx's services and believed that their contract with the player was binding, however it has since emerged that he was within his rights to terminate his contract during the three-week window period.
A Lions spokesperson confirmed to Sport24 on Sunday that Marx was indeed leaving the union for a permanent role in Japan and reiterated that they "went to great lengths" to hold onto his services.
Meanwhile, in some good news for the Lions, they have confirmed they have retained the services of Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies, who was linked with a move to France.
Agen were initially interested in acquiring Jantjies' services, while another French club, Pau, asked the Lions to release him early from his contract or on a loan agreement.
However, the Lions denied Pau's request.
- Compiled by Sport24 staff