Mitchell back and raring to go

Lions head coach John Mitchell returned to work at the Golden Lions Rugby Union offices yesterday morning, following a four month period of absence, and is looking forward to his future at the Union.

Mitchell is in the process of settling back in at the Lions and planning ahead for the 2013 season. He says he has learnt a lot during his absence and is positive about the future.

“I am excited about being back at the Lions and learnt a lot during the time I was away. I am looking forward to working with the many new faces in the team and I am sure they will bring a lot of energy to our set-up,” he said.

Mitchell praised the work stand-in head coach Johan Ackermann and his management staff did under adverse circumstances.

“Coach Ackermann and the management did a superb job and, at the moment, I am returning to consult with them, make future plans and understand their previous execution,” said Mitchell.

The Lions got their pre-season under way on Monday morning, where all players underwent various forms of testing and team management continued to plan for the upcoming season.

Mitchell is confident the players will be well prepared for the season ahead and will strive to meet their ultimate goal of a Super Rugby return in 2014.

“Our main goal is to secure re-entry into the Super Rugby competition but we have two other objectives – team development and a strong performance in next year’s Currie Cup.

“In order to move forward you must look forward and we are in the process of laying down the foundations we need in order to achieve our objectives.”

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    November 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Glutton for punishment methinks…

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    November 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Well glad he isn’t lost to SA rugby, I think he can pllay an important role in evolving our game.

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    Methos The French Stormer

    November 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Yep – he evolved the Lions right out of the Super 15…


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    November 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 3:10 pm:


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    November 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 3:10 pm:


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    November 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 3:10 pm: I suppose he was also responsible for their financial woes, poor administrative ability and having only a bunch of youngsters left in the squad sprinkled with a few has beens. :whatever:

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    November 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 4:35 pm:

    Always three sides to an argument:
    Mine – Yours – the Truth.

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    November 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:44 pm: One thing I am most certain of in this case is that it wasn’t John Mitchell who got the Lions out of the Super XV.

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    November 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 5:16 pm:

    Mitchell hasn’t got the best reputation as a coach. AB’s worked him out, so too Force on the same accusations as was the case of the Lions.

    Perhaps a great rugby mind, management skills of a doorknob.

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    November 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 6:06 pm: Have you ever watched the movie, “a Beautiful mind”.

    Crazy as ten men but still valuable.

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    November 14, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Reply to Morné @ 6:06 pm:

    And he’s simply never got results wherever he’s been (other than at test level with the world’s best)…

    Compare him at the young Lions and Jake White and the youngest most inexperienced side in the S15 last year…

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    November 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:42 am:

    “Compare him at the young Lions and Jake White and the youngest most inexperienced side in the S15 last year”

    There is an Afrikaans saying along the lines of “‘n profeet word nie in sy eie land geken nie” basically stating that a prophet does not get credit in his own country. It is so true.

    Looking at what Jake did at the Brumbies with a bunch of no-names must raise the question as to why there was no place for Jake in SA rugby. The same has to be asked of Nick Mallet. Although I hugely enjoy his comments in the Supersport studio, this man should be up to his elbows in SA rugby in some capacity.

    Gert Smal, after numerous Bok assistant coach positions,, joins Ireland, and all that knowledge is gone.

    This might get a few people on here very excited, but what is Peter de Villiers doing at the moment? AFter four years at the helm of the Boks, this man must have a wealth of lessons learned etc, that he can pass on to players or other up and coming coached for instance, why is this not utilised?

    We just let these guys wander off, we are always looking for the next messiah or next big thing.

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    November 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I think it is necessary to put the Brumbies season in perspective.

    The highest placed team they beat this year was the Hurricanes, they collected 28 of their 50 logpoints against the Waratahs, Rebels and Western Force.

    They beat the Cheetahs with a last minute penalty which the referee admitted afterwards was incorrectly given – so that could easily have been a loss at home

    They even lost to the blues.

    So before we give Them and their coach too much praise, let’s not forget, their season was boosted by the weakest opposition in Australia for quite some time.

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    November 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Reply to biltongbek @ 8:12 am:

    Don’t agree, looking at the player resources Jake had to contend with he did very well. The Lions, in comparison (which is what this article is about), had a settled squad. Care to compare their seasons?

    PS. Bulls lost against the Blues (at Loftus nogals) that you use to show they only beat subpar opposition.

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    November 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Reply to Craven @ 10:41 am: Settled squad, what are you talking about, most of their first choice players were out at one stage, they played with a bunch of youngsters most in their first season of Super XV.

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    November 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 10:47 am:

    They started the season with their Currie Cup winning squad from the previous season. Yes they picked up injuries, but so did a lot of teams, including the Brumbies who were down to their 3rd or 4th choice flyhalf.

    Btw,who were the youngsters in the Lions squad playing their first season of Superugby?


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