Rugby

Braam to extend Oz, Lions stay

2011-12-22 16:35
Braam van Straaten (File)
Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Braam van Straaten is in the process of negotiating the terms of a new contract with the Golden Lions following a successful stint with the team this year.

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Van Straaten's coaching tenure at the Lions ended in the team winning the Currie Cup for the first time since 1999 when they trashed the Sharks 42-16 in the final at Coca-Cola Park.

"I have to find out exactly what they expect from me and I have a few terms as well, so there are a few details that have to be finalised before I sign with them. But I would like to be involved with the union. They also have talented players who have great potential," Van Straaten told the ESPNscrum website.

Meanwhile, Van Straaten has also been offered a one-year extension to his contract with the Wallabies. He helped Australia to a third place finish in the 2011 World Cup and also a Tri-Nations title. He revealed that their kicking success rate has improved by 23% while with the Wallabies.

"It is great. Australia have a whole lot of talented players such as Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor and they are very professional, so it is a pleasure working with them.

"I also enjoyed my time with the team at the World Cup. As things stand, we have agreed on the terms of the contract, so all that is left to do is sign it, said Van Straaten.

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