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    Lions' defence guru Ferreira lost to Munster?

    2017-12-04 11:00

    Johannesburg - Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company, on Sunday announced their new coaching structures for 2018.

    Swys de Bruin will be head coach of the Super Rugby team, replacing Johan Ackermann, who has left to coach Gloucester in England.

    De Bruin will be assisted by Philip Lemmer (defence coach) and Joey Mongalo (breakdown and backline coach).

    De Bruin will also be the head coach of the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup later in the season.

    Meanwhile, defence guru JP Ferreira was not included on the coaching list, with the Lions announcing that he was in talks with Irish club Munster, where former Springbok assistant Johann van Graan is the head coach.

    Ferreira is contracted to the Lions until October 2018, but his omission from the list means he is likely on his way.

    Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield, who was the Lions’ forwards coach during this year’s Currie Cup, is also not included in the list, but the Lions confirmed to Sport24 that they could utilise his services on a consultancy basis.

    The Lions’ 2018 coaching structure:

    Super Rugby

    Head coach: Swys de Bruin
    Forwards: Philip Lemmer
    Breakdown and backline: Joey Mongalo
    Head of Strength & Conditioning: Ivan van Rooyen
    Manager: Mustapha Boomgaard
    Assistant Manager: Johane Singwane
    Head Physician: Dr Rob Collins
    Physiotherapist: Preven Appalsamy
    Massage Therapist: Ram Mpila
    Kicking & Skills (HP Coach): Neil de Bruin
    Video Analyst: Wynand Ellis

    SuperSport Challenge

    Head coach: Herkie Kruger
    Forwards: Bart Schoeman
    Defence: Bafana Nhleko
    Strength and Conditioning: Rupert Oberholster
    Manager: MJ Rabodiba
    Head Physician: Dr Anri van Tonder
    Physiotherapist: Pam Watts
    Massage Therapist: Leoni Bosch/Carol Dickson

    Currie Cup (August 1-November 1)

    Head coach: Swys de Bruin            
    Forwards: Philip Lemmer
    Backline: Herkie Kruger
    Head of Strength & Conditioning: Ivan van Rooyen
    Manager: Mustapha Boomgaard
    Assistant Manager: Johane Singwane
    Head Physician: Dr Rob Collins
    Physiotherapist: Preven Appalsamy
    Massage Therapist: Ram Mpila

    Under-21

    Head coach: Joey Mongalo
    Forwards: Bart Schoeman
    Attack: Neil de Bruin
    Strength and Conditioning: Rupert Oberholster
    Manager: MJ Rabodiba
    Head Physician: Dr Anri van Tonder
    Physiotherapist: Pam Watts
    Biokineticist: Armandt Olivier

    Under-19

    Head coach: Wessel Roux
    Attack and Backs: Bafana Nhleko
    Defence: Mziwakhe Nkosi
    Strength and Conditioning: Stefan van Deventer
    Manager: Tokkie Mtsweni
    Head Physician: Dr Anri van Tonder
    Physiotherapist: Hene Branders
    Biokineticist: Armandt Olivier

    High Performance

    Manager: Bart Schoeman
    Recruitment & Mentorship: Bafana Nhleko
    Recruitment: Mziwakhe Nkosi
    Coach: Neil de Bruin
    Player Relations & XEROX Lions Leaning HUB: Julian Redelinghuys

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