Mitchell signs up with Lions

2010-05-30 17:06

Johannesburg - The Golden Lions Rugby Union has recruited Western Force head coach John Mitchell as a member of its 2010 Xerox Lions Absa Currie Cup coaching team.

"After much speculation in the media and public following discussions with John, it gives me great pleasure to confirm that he will be joining us shortly in a coaching consultancy," CEO Manie Reyneke said Sunday.

GLRU director of coaching, Dick Muir, will be with the Springboks during the 2010 Tri-Nations in his capacity as backline coach, and will return to the Lions during the final four to six weeks of the Currie Cup.

During his absence, Mitchell will head the coaching team and will work closely with Muir during the final weeks of the competition.

Working with Mitchell will be Johan Ackermann, who will continue as the teams' forwards coach, while Carlos Spencer will take on a coaching role as backline coach.

Mitchell, who is contracted to the Western Force until the end of the 2011 Super 15 competition, will return to Perth at the end of the Currie Cup competition to prepare the Australian franchise for the 2011 competition.


  • Mark - 2010-05-30 17:19

    great let him learn all our structures, local flavour and secrets to take back to australia. Wow the lions a bunch of stupid retards.

  • Chris - 2010-05-30 17:32

    Why hire the coach that managed second last in the Super 14. Surely the sights should be set a bit higher than that?

  • Wanderer - 2010-05-30 18:16

    @Mark&Chris.... and I guess its ok for all the other teams to have international players playing in their teams learning the calls and moves, I guess they even learn to understand Afrikaans, wake up dunder heads or are you worried about the Lions maybe performing beter in the CC.

  • The Voice of Resaon - 2010-05-30 18:34

    This doesn't make much sense to me. GLRU let him work with the players and learn about them during the Currie Cup. Then he goes back to Perth and works with the Western Force to best the Lions (if they play each other).

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  • Loud Lion - 2010-05-30 20:51

    Trogan Horse... sheesh GLRU! What are you thinking!?!? This does not bode well for next years Super 15 as you must be numbinly naive to think that he wont take what he learns at the Lions into account when he's back coaching the Force for next years comp. If he wasnt going back to coach them, then it would be a different story but in my profession we would call this a gross conflict of intersts... Fine, Mitchell may have a quiet diary during the ozzie off season but you can't risk bringing somebody in at this level in the profesional era and expect it to simply be "OK". This is a major cockup!

  • Leon - 2010-05-30 21:23

    why hire & fire coaches? CEO Manie Reyneke should be fired as he is mis managing the GLRU funds by buyings foreign players & coaches. Ray Mordt who is more than capable, did it for free for the love of the union & the game. Come on Kevin De Klerk and ex players DO SOMETHING. Our union is sinking,

  • ronnie bulldozer - 2010-05-31 00:16

    mark watch your mouth im a loins supporter i dont like it either for foreign coaches or palyers in rsa given them time to be here at least the springboks will get beter competition

  • Bemused - 2010-05-31 06:03

    Good luck with Mitchell. After five years here in Perth he has achieved diddly squat despite having a massive budget. We can't wait until he goes.

  • glen - 2010-05-31 06:53

    Surely they need some good players, not a coach.

  • Blue Jake - 2010-05-31 07:04

    Maybe SARU can accomodate the Southern Kings by combining the Stormers and the Lions and call them the 'Windy Lions'. On their own both teams are worth shit.

  • Player 23 - 2010-05-31 08:13

    @Blue Jake . . . did you miss the heading of the article ?? It's not about the Stormers or the Southern Kings. Typical bulls mentality to write such a comment. All bulls supporters are as thick as the mudflap on their 4x4's. Grow up !!!

  • Jaco - 2010-05-31 11:26

    I agree with Leon, Manie Reyneke must be fired. Each year the lions get a new coach and some unknown players but the lions rugby never improves in fact it got much worse, and everytime when they lose a match they have the excuse that they are a young team, they still building a team. When will all this excuses stop. The new coach won't make a difference, we need impact players.

  • Dawie - 2010-05-31 11:54

    I can't face my team losing all their games again in Super 14 ...

  • Dronkie - 2010-05-31 15:40

    The Lion's will go all the way to the semi-finals this year - maybe even win it....Do NOT under estimate this chap. Remember what Laurie did with the CATS...

  • Ray - 2010-06-09 15:25

    Mark, the Lions does not display local flavour -the only Lion that does that is the Simba one. The Lions has got no structures or secrets, the only teams that have secrets are those ones who win. The only secret the Lions have is the one that they made while contracting the Rose brothers.....

  • Lawrence - 2010-06-13 09:45

    The Lions have yet to find the root cause to there bad form, they have looked at just about evrything, coaches and players but what about the managment structures. Rugby is about how well you play, not about being buddy buddy with coaches and CEO's!

  • jake - 2010-06-15 15:57

    @ Mark and everyone else who thinks Mitchell will go away with SA secrets. What about John Plumtree (Neu Zealander ) who is coaching the Sharks ??? And his previous assistant coach ( New Zealander ) ?? Or Cris Jack ( New Zealander ) playing for WP or Tamoopeao ( Australian ) who also played for WP ?? Do you think we still have any secrets left to share ??? Looks like the sharks and province did a pretty good job of it already :)

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