Lions loose forward Ruaan Lerm is one of the talented youngsters showing great ability and skill on the Vodacom Cup scene.
The 23-year old is somewhat of a veteran in Vodacom Cup terms, having amassed 21 caps for the Golden Lions in the last four seasons.
He made his senior debut in 2012, less than two years after finishing school at EG Jansen in Boksburg, from where he represented the Valke at U16 and U18 levels.
Lerm is a solid and mobile loose forward – he stands 1.90m tall and weighs in at 103kg – who can shift around in the back row between openside flank and No 8.
This year, Lerm started with a bang and scored three tries in the opening round for the unbeaten Xerox Golden Lions. He’s played in four of their five matches, either at openside flank or No 8, and has a total of four tries this season.
Last year, Lerm’s five Vodacom Cup tries were the most for the team from Johannesburg as they went all the way to the final, missing out on only one match during the season.
With an abundance of loose forwards in Johannesburg, Lerm went to GWK Griquas on loan last year, where he made eight appearances in the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division – his first taste of rugby at that level after being part of the Golden Lions’ U19 and U21 squads between 2011 and 2013.
He has since had a brief introduction to Vodacom Super Rugby, making his debut off the bench earlier this season when the Emirates Lions travelled to Durban to take on the Cell C Sharks, but the impressive Lerm is sure to get another opportunity at this level sooner rather than later.