Shock as Swys de Bruin and Lions part ways after seven years

Shock as Swys de Bruin and Lions part ways after seven years

The Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd have announced that head coach, Swys de Bruin will part with the Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd after seven years initially an assistant coach and thereafter as head coach.

In a release the Lions Rugby Company made it clear that they and De Bruin have parted ways amicably. No reason was given and no information about De Bruin's future is available.

“Swys has made a groundbreaking 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,” commented CEO Rudolf Straeuli.

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

♦ De Bruin twice this year withdrew from coaching commitments, the first as head coach when he returned home from Australasia due to illness where the Lions were on their Super Rugby tour and then shortly before the Rugby World Cup as attack consultant to the Springboks.

♦ “It was an unbelievable seven 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,” concluded 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.