Lions sack coach a week before playing British and Irish Lions

The Golden Lions sacked coach Eugene ”Loffie” Eloff on Wednesday only a week before the team meets the British and Irish Lions.

Eloff, who was contracted to the union until October 31, paid for three woeful seasons for the Lions in the Super 14.

The team, which has featured at the bottom of the Super 14 standings since it reached the semifinals in 2001, finished 12th in 2007, last in 2008, and 12th again this year, with only four wins in 13 games.

The Golden Lions Rugby Union said those results made it necessary to hire a consultancy firm run by former World Cup-winning Springboks coach Jake White on Tuesday to audit the union.

The GLRU said in a statement on Wednesday that ”in order…to move forward” it needed ”to make immediate changes to allow for a proper buildup” for the British Lions game next Wednesday and the 2009 Currie Cup, and that started with axing Eloff, who coached the team to the 2007 Currie Cup final and was to be re-employed elsewhere within the union.

The players were informed, said chief executive Manie Reyneke, and Hans Coetzee was appointed interim head coach, with assistance from Vodacom Cup coach Wimpie Vermeulen and former Springboks flanker Ian Macdonald.

Last week, Eloff said he hoped to continue coaching the Lions in the Super 14 and Currie Cup. — Sapa

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

WATCH LIVE: 200 Young South Africans 2022

M&G will showcase SA’s most versatile, innovative young professionals to inspire, ignite and prepare upcoming youth for a new world

Banning abortion criminalises femininity as it does race and poverty

Unpacking the reversal of Roe v Wade and the ruling in Dobbs v Jackson reveals a pushback against gains made by women

Flying the flag for the youth

Emmy-nominated actress Thuso Mbedu credits inclusivity, equality, and sustainability to getting her career to where it is today. As a Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South African, the actress encourages the youth to collaborate for a better future

Is the US establishing a military base in Zambia?

Dr Fred M’membe, president of the Socialist Party in Zambia, says such a facility will be established ‘over our dead bodies’

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…