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Ivan van Rooyen named as Lions head coach

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Niela Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Oct-2019 at 10:19am
Originally posted by PaBz0r PaBz0r wrote:

Originally posted by Niela Niela wrote:

One thing is certain.

We should be the fittest side in super rugby. 

Hopefully the players are also fit to play.. Ouch Can't have guys like WW/Cyle/Dylan etc being injured for long periods. Although we know WW is in doubt, we really need the others to put in a whole season. 

Let’s hope , I don’t see it as a conditioning issue though. 

There will always be injuries , that’s why the better sides always have depth. 

We have VERY little depth. Losing probably close to 20 starting XV type players in the last 2 seasons. 


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New Lions Super Rugby coach Ivan van Rooyen has promised he won’t drastically change the team’s style of play, but he admitted he would add a few new things to their make-up ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Van Rooyen was yesterday named the Lions’ new head coach following the parting of ways between the union and Swys de Bruin a few weeks ago.

The 37-year-old Van Rooyen, who was previously the Lions’ strength and conditioning coach, took charge of the Currie Cup side in 2018 and this year. He led a young Lions team to the final this season, where they lost to the Cheetahs.

“The Lions have a certain DNA, a style of rugby that they play, and it would be foolish to change that,” said the new Lions boss.

“But, if you look at what’s been going on in world rugby and what’s gone down at the World Cup, aspects like the levels of defence and the effectiveness of a good kicking game are things we will have to adopt and be better at. The reality is there are so many different areas where a team can apply pressure on the opposition and we need to explore all those options.”

Van Rooyen said he was starting his reign with a “blank canvas”.

“We’ll use the Currie Cup campaign as a stepping stone and a platform for what we want to do going into next year, but we’ll focus to grow a number of aspects of our game; that is the conditioning, the attack, the defence and the kicking,” said Van Rooyen.

“We must get creative. This is a new generation coming through and I’d like us to be as efficient as we can be.”

Van Rooyen said he and the Lions Company were still in the process of finalising his management team. “I’ll know more in the next week or so. But the exciting thing with the coaching system changing is that there will be an opportunity for us to specialise in more areas and get consultants in to make us better.”

Van Rooyen has built up a good relationship with the players, having joined the Lions in 2009 and worked closely with most of the players for several years now. “I just want to continue building on the relationship we’ve formed. We’ve got a couple of new players coming in, who’ve already slotted in nicely, but we’ll look to keep growing the youngsters like Tyrone Green, Wandisile Simelane, Vincent Tshituka and others next year.”

One player who’s sadly yet to start the proper pre-season programme is seasoned captain and No 8 Warren Whiteley, who’s still trying to get over the knee injury that ended his hopes of playing at this year’s World Cup. “He can’t train just yet,” said Van Rooyen.

“so he’s working on getting fit and is also still learning the coaching ropes and doing analysis work for us.”


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lion4ever Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Nov-2019 at 9:13am
So Cash is talking the talk. Hope he can walk that talk. But I am liking what I am reading. Worried about Wazza, but glad that he is starting to walk the coaching route as well.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote valie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Nov-2019 at 3:14pm
Originally posted by Lion4ever Lion4ever wrote:

So Cash is talking the talk. Hope he can walk that talk. But I am liking what I am reading. Worried about Wazza, but glad that he is starting to walk the coaching route as well.

Yes, I couldn't agree more. I like Cash's calm demeanor. to me he looks more like a doer than a talker.
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