Nomadic Nic The Scrumhalf: Stormer-Saint-Lion.

I am always intrigued by the habit of divorcees to maintain the surname of their ex-spouse in their next marital adventure. Many also like to maintain their maiden name somewhere in their chosen surname. It seems to be a special trait of those who inhabit the maritally nomadic socialite sect. Names such as Anneline Kriel-Kerzner-Tucker-Bacon are often seen in the media.

Which brings me back to rugby.

Perhaps it would be a good idea for similarly nomadic rugby players to be identified by their previous teams/employers/franchises?

Nic Groom, the Stormer/Saint is about to become a Lions.

He will be leaving Northampton Saints with immediate effect and returning to South Africa to link up with the Lions in Super Rugby.

The Cape Town-born 28-year-old is immediately available for selection in Super Rugby.

At the beginning of the Super season I suggested that the Lions’ single biggest weakness is at halfback. Ross Cronje and Elton Jantjies aside, they simply had no depth whatsoever. Nic Groom’s arrival will certainly address a part of that problem.


  1. I would go further, The Lions have a problem in their halves. Cronje is lacking in skill, ability and courage. Jantjies is lacking in skill and most important, has no ability to “read” a game. He has no ability to understand how to “drive” his forwards. That is not taught, it is instinctive. From the greatest in living memory, Keith Oxlee, Piet Visagie, Naas Botha and Henry Honiball along with Dawie de Villiers, Dirkie de Vos, Piet Uys, Divan Serfontein and Joost knew how to drive a pack forward. They knew how important the ad line was. They knew to look for space for themsleves, for support runners and for the ball. Kicking achieved position, not presented the ball to the opposition because of a lack of ideas. The current crop have no real instinct for the game of rugby union. They do not go on the field with a purpose. They have gameplans but no objective. It is very frustrating to watch.