Lions lock key scrum-half on long-term deal

The Lions have announced that Morne van den Berg has signed a new contract extension to keep him in Johannesburg beyond the 2023 World Cup.

Van den Berg’s agency, In Touch Sports, confirmed that the scrum-half has extended his contract for another two years until 2024.

The 24-year-old, who made his Lions debut in 2017, is a key player in the Johannesburg franchise, impressing with his work rate, clean and quick serve from the breakdown and enterprising play.

His style of play and blond hair have earned him comparisons to Springbok scrum-half Faf de Kerlk, who also rose to stardom at Ellis Park.

Recently, Van den Berg stepped up Andre Warner’s forced absence through injury and formed a solid half-back combination with Jordan Hendrikse which helped the Lions to home wins against Cardiff, Munster and the Ospreys .

In an interview with IOL SportsVan den Berg, who scored four tries in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, admitted he loved when the game opened.

“I really like broken play and trying to beat defenders,” he said, “But I wouldn’t say I instinctively go for sniping. It’s more about being aware of where is the space – is it near the rucks or is it wide?

“It’s about always being aware of where the space is and what’s best for the team.”

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Charles P. Patton