Change of mindset needed at Bulls - Mitchell

    2017-05-26 15:01

    Pretoria - A "change of mindset" is needed if the Bulls are to get back to winning ways, the franchise's newly-appointed executive of rugby John Mitchell has said.

    Mitchell, 53, was on Thursday unveiled as the new coach of the Bulls for the next Super Rugby season, while current incumbent Nollis Marais will remain as the Blue Bulls coach for the Currie Cup.

    The New Zealander is no stranger when it comes to lending his expertise in South Africa, as he briefly coached the UKZN team in the 2013 Varsity Shield and most notably the Lions, helping them clinch their first Currie Cup title in 12 years in 2011.

    His tenure at the Lions was hit with some controversy after he was suspended and then reinstated following allegations of mistreating players.

    After spending two seasons at the Lions, Mitchell then lent his expertise to the Sale Sharks in England and earlier also coached the Western Force (2006-2010) and Chiefs (2000-2001).

    "I've been in the country for seven years now and I call it home, I love the place," Mitchell told reporters on Thursday.

    Mitchell is currently the head coach of the USA national team, but will take over his role at the Bulls in July this year.

    "Having been here as a coach with numerous teams, having good days and tough ones as well, where I come from in New Zealand, there are many similarities to here that I like," said Mitchell.

    He admits that although change needs to be implemented, all the Bulls need is a boost in confidence and a change of mindset.

    "This is not a big change, this is about refreshing and updating our ways," said Mitchell.

    "It's going to be hard work, but it's going to be fun as well. It's just a change of mindset, we just got to shove it up and become more confident. If you look at the lads, they just lack a bit of confidence. There's always been huge talent at this union and it's how we're going to integrate that talent.

    "We are not far away from that ingredient, but what we've got to do is make sure that people are open to intervention and changing their mindset.

    "I feel I can bring a positive element of change, but one has to be careful as well, as ultimately at the end of the day, I've got a lot to learn," said Mitchell.

    "I will do a lot of listening and watching when I get involved in working with Nollis, and look to move the programme forward."

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk


    Friday, 29 June 2018
    • Blues v Reds, Eden Park 09:35
    • Rebels v Waratahs, AAMI Park 11:45
    Saturday, 30 June 2018
    • Highlanders v Chiefs, ANZ National Stadium 09:35
    • Brumbies v Hurricanes, GIO Stadium 11:45
    • Sunwolves v Bulls, Singapore National Stadium 13:55
    • Sharks v Lions, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:15
    • Jaguares v Stormers, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 19:40
    Friday, 06 July 2018
    • Crusaders v Highlanders, AMI Stadium 09:35
    • Reds v Rebels, Suncorp Stadium 11:45


    03 June 2018
    02 June 2018
    01 June 2018
    26 May 2018
    25 May 2018
    19 May 2018
    18 May 2018
    12 May 2018
    11 May 2018
    05 May 2018
    04 May 2018
    28 April 2018
    27 April 2018
    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Who will finish top of the SA Conference in this year's Super Rugby tournament?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.