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Boland secures top coach


Boland may have been relegated to the first division but if rumours are to believed they have scored a massive coup by appointing one of the best coaches of junior players who also has Super rugby experience.

Rumours are doing the rounds that ex-Lions coach, Loffie Eloff have signed on to coach the relegated Boland rugby union from 2010.

Reports did the rounds last week in the media that Loffie is being courted by European clubs and Boland Rugby for a coaching position with Boland not given much hope given they had to compete with the Euro or Pound, but it seems Loffie has opted to remain in South Africa.

This is a surprise move on Loffie and Boland’s part that they managed to secure the services of such an experienced coach especially given how emphatically Boland was beaten in losing their place to the Pumas in the first division.

Boland however has been seen as one of the breeding grounds of South African rugby with many a player starting their senior careers here before moving on.

One has to suspect with the recent swopping of players between Boland and Western Province in the Currie Cup that WP Rugby, or rather the Stormers management had some hand in securing a top coach for the Boland Rugby Union.

It seems the fact that Rassie Erasmus has apparently moved away from a more direct coaching role to that of Director of Rugby is beginning to bear some positive results for the region (Western Cape) who will only see one team, WP Rugby, in the Currie Cup first division in 2010.

Do not be surprised if Rassie, who initiated a positive and concrete working relationship between the Griffons and Cheetahs rugby in the past through sharing of resources is aiming to do the same thing with WP Rugby and Boland.

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  1. who knows, for all we know, Loffie pulls a Ludeke on SA Rugby, and does extremely well at his next franchise, leaving just so much more egg on the Lions management’s faces.

    I hope so for his part.

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