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Lions lose Bok lock

BREAKING NEWS: The Lions have revealed that one of their Springbok locks is moving on.

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It has been confirmed that Marvin Orie has decided against re-signing with the Ellis Park-based franchise.

“Wishing Marvin Orie all the best for the future,” the Lions said in a social media post.

“Thanks for the memories.”

Kobus Porter, Orie’s agent, confirmed to @rugby365com that they have been in discussions with the Lions for some time, but have “failed to come to an agreement”.

“Marvin [Orie] wanted to re-sign [at Ellis Park], but we just could not reach an agreement,” the agent said.

“They [the Lions] could not meet our demands, so he decided to move on and look at other options.”

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The agent declined to elaborate on the reasons behind the decision.

Porter said there are several options they are busy “discussing” – both in South Africa and abroad.

He added that a call is expected to be made in the next “three to four weeks”.

Orie, 27, played all three his Tests off the bench – the first against Wales in Washington DC back in June 2018 and the last in a pre-World Cup warm-up match against Argentina in Pretoria in August 2019.

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Born and schooled in Cape Town, he played 40 games for the Bulls between 2012 and 2016.

Orie joined the Lions in 2017 and have featured in 90-odd games for the Ellis Park outfit.

He also made seven appearances for the Welsh region Ospreys in 2019.

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