Lions deny Mitchell move

2012-11-17 13:18
John Mitchell (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - The Golden Lions Rugby Union has released a statement refuting media claims that John Mitchell is set to join Sale Sharks.

In a press release on their website, the Golden Lions Rugby Union has responded with the following statement:

"The Golden Lions Rugby Union would like to report that media coverage today, stating that MTN Lions head coach John Mitchell will join the Sale Sharks within 48 hours, is false."

"According to GLRU CEO Ruben Moggee, John Mitchell still holds a contract with Lions Rugby and news that he will depart South Africa this weekend is nothing but foreign media speculation at this point.

This follows comments published on The Guardian website from Sale chief executive Steve Diamond stating John Mitchell was poised to join up with the club.

The 48-year-old New Zealander had been working at Sale on a consultancy basis with a view to a permanent move.

“John's negotiating his way out in South Africa and he's set to join us in the next 48 to 72 hours.”

Mitchell was recently cleared of misconduct charges at Golden Lions and previously said he wanted to re-join the South African side.



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