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Ludeke to stay on as Super 14 coach for Lions

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Frans Ludeke will be the Lions Director of Rugby in the Currie Cup and will stay on as head coach in the 2007 Super 14. The Cats are set to be renamed next year and should be known as the Lions in next year’s Super 14.


The Cats became the Cats when the Cheetahs joined forces with the Lions for the Super 12. (Lions & Cheetahs are both Cats) Now that the Cheetahs are in the Super 14 the Lions should revert back to the Lions name.


SA under 19 coach Eugene Eloff will be the Lions head coach, having worked as Ludeke’s assistant for the last five years.


Ludeke looks like he is going nowhere for the next five years as he has a contract with no performance clause and reportedly worth R1.2 million a year. It has been reported that the Union has invested millions offshore (possibly Australia) and now cannot afford to buy Ludeke out of his contract.


Suparugby.com is reporting that they have reliably learnt that Ludeke will be sent overseas for additional coaching.


The Cats are currently 13th out of 14 with just one match to play against the Cheetahs in the final match.


Critics will be quick to point out that Eugene Eloff coached the SA U19’s in Dubai earlier this year in the U19 World cup. South Africa entered as World champions and left early with their tails between their legs.


Australia won the tournament after beating New Zealand in the final. England drew with France but came third due to the number of tries scored.

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