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Lions appoint De Bruin as new Super Rugby head coach

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 21: (L) Ross Cronje (R) Swys De Bruin ( Assistant Coach) of the Emirates Lions during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Emirates Lions at Growthpoint Kings Park on February 21, 2015 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Johannesburg based Super Rugby franchise the Lions have announced that Swys de Bruin will be their new head coach.

Swys de Bruin has been appointed as Head Coach of the Lions Rugby Company.replacing Johan Ackermann after the Lions campaign.

Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of Lions Rugby (Pty) Ltd, said: “The Company is pleased to announce that De Bruin has put pen to paper for the position of Head Coach at the Lions.

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

De Bruin is thankful for the opportunity given to him to extend his relationship with the Lions.

“I am thankful for the trust the board of directors put in me and look forward to the challenge. For now we are still totally focused on our campaign in the 2017 Super Rugby season.”

Meanwhile the Lions have also announced that a number of players have re-signed with the Franchise.

The following players will remain at the Franchise ensuring limited loss and player movement within the Lions:

Warren Whiteley
Albertus Smith
Andries Coetzee
Andries Ferreira (renewed)
Anthony Volminck
Aphiwe Dyantyi
Corné Fourie
Courtnall Skosan (renewed)
Cyle Brink
Dillon Smit (renewed)
Dylan Smith
Elton Jantjies
Franco Mostert
Harold Vorster
Howard Mnisi
Jaco Kriel
Jaco van der Walt (renewed)
Jacques van Rooyen (renewed)
Johannes Jonker
Justin Ackerman (renewed)
Lionel Mapoe (renewed)
Lourens Erasmus
Malcolm Marx (renewed)
Marvin Orie
Robbie Coetzee
Rohan Janse van Rensburg
Ross Cronjé
Ruan Ackermann
Ruan Combrinck
Ruan Dreyer
Shaun Reynolds
Sthi Sithole
Sylvian Mahuza (renewed)