DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 25: Swys de Bruin (Head Coach) of the Emirates Lions during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Emirates Lions at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on May 25, 2019 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Hollywoodbets)

Swys De Bruin will part ways with the Lions Rugby Company (PTY) Ltd.

He has been with the franchise for 7 years starting as Assistant Coach and later took over as Head Coach.

The decision was mutual.

“Swys has made a ground breaking contribution in the style of play and attacking patterns to the Team whereby memorable tries have been scored at Emirates Airline Park. On behalf of the management, players, and supporters we thank him and wish him well in his future endeavours” comments Rudolf Straeuli.

During his tenure the Lions won the Vodacom Cup in 2013, the Currie Cup in 2015 and reached the Vodacom Super Rugby finals is 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“It was an unbelievable 7 years with the Lions family. Thank you to everyone who made it special and memorable. I pray for the team to receive God’s blessings. The Lions will always have a special place in my heart, and always remember as a Team we play to score tries and inspire people by the way we play” concludes Swys de Bruin.

Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd. will proceed with an internal process and will consult with SA Rugby as well as other Stakeholders in the appointment of a successor.


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  1. Although can not confirm but I do believe it is part of his metal illness he has been suffering for the past year

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