Swys de Bruin named Lions coach

The Lions have announced that Swys de Bruin will replace Johan Ackermann as head coach when the latter departs for Gloucester.

De Bruin, who is currently Ackermann’s assistant, has been confirmed in the role by Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of Lions Rugby (Pty) Ltd.

“The company is pleased to announce that De Bruin has put pen to paper for the position of head coach at the Lions,” Straeuli said.

“We believe it will bring continuity and stability within the different teams in the various competitions that we are taking part in.”

De Bruin said: “I am thankful for the trust the board of directors put in me and look forward to the challenge.”

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Vaughn

    Great choice and great coach and a good man. Wish you all the success in the world Swys and know the lions supporters are standing behind you.

  • Humblepie

    Wise decision of the Lions. Losing both Swys and Ackerman would have been detrimental to the exciting and rewarding style of play that they established.
    The Lions should be in a good financial position by now with excellent crowd attendances this year. They should use this to strengthen their pool of progressive and athletic players. Fortunately such players are not yet valued at old school franchises and should have a bargain price tag. Old school recruiters still value players based on their weight and height rather than athletic and functional abilities. Excellent opportunity for the Lions.

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