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Van Graan and Mitchell on Bulls short list


Johann van Graan and John Mitchell are on the Bulls’ short list to replace Nollis Marais as coach.

The Bulls have lost eight out of 11 Super Rugby matches this season, including a 51-14 defeat to the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

According to Rapport newspaper, Van Graan impressed the Bulls board with a presentation at Loftus last Friday.

Van Graan was a Springbok assistant coach under Heyneke Meyer and is the son of Bulls CEO Barend.

Mitchell, the former All Blacks coach who is currently with the USA Eagles, is another contender for the job. The New Zealander has experience coaching in South Africa with the Lions, and lives in Durban.

Rapport claims that the Bulls asked Meyer to come on board immediately to help Marais until the end of the season. However, the former Bok coach’s duties as managing director of Carinat Sports Marketing meant he was unable to do so.

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  1. No comparison, van graan not for remotely the pedigree of Mitchell. Suspect this job sewn up for van graan. Bulls wire will continue. Should’ve kept this dude Nollis, but grafted Mitchell into mentor him

  2. The nepotism tag is always going to be bandied about… however the fact remains that Van Graan is one of the most astute tactical minds in South African rugby right now…

  3. @bryce_in_oz: I just do not like that family, always looking after themselves no less than what the Zuma’s do as well.

    There a re much better options but they do not want to birng in hard non nonsense coaches that is why Jimmy sits in Japan, Jake in Europe and Micth in the States

  4. @bryce_in_oz:

    Mitchell number of World Cup wins (0)
    Van Graan (0)

    Furthest reached in a WC = Van Graan semi final
    Mitchell (quarters)

    SRs won
    Mitchell (0)
    Van Graan (3)

    Thanks for trying to play cab…

  5. Mitchell test win record > 80%
    Mitchell contribution to Lions = priceless
    Mitchell brains compared to PooesFace = incomparable.

  6. @DavidS:

    “Furthest reached in a WC = Van Graan semi final
    Mitchell (quarters)”

    David, How did the ABs manage to get to third place if they only made the quarters?

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