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:
Andries Ferreira (renewed)
Courtnall Skosan (renewed)
Dillon Smit (renewed)
Jaco van der Walt (renewed)
Jacques van Rooyen (renewed)
Justin Ackerman (renewed)
Lionel Mapoe (renewed)
Malcolm Marx (renewed)
Rohan Janse van Rensburg
Sylvian Mahuza (renewed)