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    Posted: 01-Sep-2021 at 2:03pm

The Lions Rugby Company have today announced the appointment three former Springboks to bolster their coaching setup ahead of the inaugural United Rugby Championship (URC) competition starting 24 September 2021.

Head coach Ivan ‘Cash’ Rooyen will be supported by Albert Van den Berg (forwards and lineouts coach), Ricardo Loubscher (backline, attack and skills coach) and Jaque Fourie (defence coach)

Lions Rugby Company CEO Rudolf Straueli said:

"These are exciting times for the Lions ahead of the URC competition. As we embark on our debut season in Europe, we look forward to exposing our players and coaching staff to what will surely be a competitive environment. "

"We are particularly excited to welcome fresh ideas, experience and value our new coaches will bring to our setup as we begin preparations before jetting off in a few weeks. We wish the players and management all the best as they begin their preparations.”

Straueli further went on to encourage the Lions faithful to back their team ahead of the northern hemisphere competition.

“It’s been a challenging year and we have taken a few learnings from those experiences. We now more than ever encourage our fans and supporters to get behind their team as we prepare to face tough opposition abroad and at home.”

 
The Emirates Lions kick-off their European campaign with four away fixtures against Zebre (24 September), Scarlets (1 October), Glasgow Warriors (9 October) and Ulster (15 October)


Below are player and coaching profiles of the newly appointed Emirates Lions coaches:

 

Albert Van den Berg (Emirates Lions Forwards and Lineouts Coach)

Rugby Playing Career:

  • Springbok Debut: Italy 1999
  • Springbok career 1999 – 2007 / CAPS: 51
  • 1999: Springbok Rugby World Cup 2nd Runner up
  • 2007: Springbok Rugby World Cup Winner
  • Super Rugby Career 1999-2009 / CAPS: 102 (Cats 7 / Sharks 95)
  • Provincial Career 1994 – 2009 / CAPS: 146 (Vaal Triangle 15 / Griquas 55 / Sharks 76)
  • Japan Top East 2010 – 2012 + Top League 2012 – 2013 / CAPS: 35

 

Coaching Career:

·         Super Rugby Unlocked & Currie Cup – Griquas Assistant Coach

·         Japan: Ryutsu Keizai University - Forwards Coach / Lineout Coach

·         Japan Top League: Toyota Verblitz – Lineout Coach

·         Japan Top League: Canon Eagles – Assistant Head Coach

·         Vodacom Cup: Sharks – Forward Coach

·         Currie Cup: Sharks U21 – Forward Coach

·         Sharks Academy: Coach

 

Ricardo Laubscher (Emirates Lions Backline, Attack and Skills Coach)

Rugby Playing Career:

·         Eastern Province U21: 1995

·         Eastern Province: 1997-2001

·         South Africa Students: 1996 World Cup

·         South African Barbarians: 1997

·         South Africa Emerging Springboks – 1997

·         SA “A”: 1998

·         Super Rugby: Cats - 1999

·         Springboks 7’s 1999-2001 World Cup

·         Springboks 2000 – 2003 World Cup

·         Sharks 2000 – 2004

·         Blue Bulls – 2005

 

Coaching Career:

·         Stade Francais: 2019 – 20

·         Sharks Super Rugby: Backline Coach – 2019

·         Sharks Supersport Challenge Cup + U21: Head Coach 2017

·         Sharks Currie Cup: Backline Coach 2016

·         Springboks: Attack & Backline 2012-2015 World Cup

 

Jaque Fourie (Emirates Lions Defence Coach)

Rugby Playing Career:

·         Springbok career 2003 – 2015 (Three World Cups)

·         Total Springbok matches: 74 / 72 Tests

·         Won the award for South Africa’s Try of the Year
(2009: SA vs British & Irish Lions) + (2010: Stormers vs Crusaders)

·         Rugby World Cup winner’s medal 2007

·         28 Test tries at centre (in 58 Tests in this position, when he played his last Test for SA); the most by a Springbok in the midfield.

·         At the end of 2011, he had scored a total of 32 tries in 70 Tests, placing him third behind Joost van der Westhuizen and Bryan Habana on the all-time list.

·         Along with Jean de Villiers, he holds the Springbok record for the most Tests as a centre combination (29)

Coaching Career:

·         Western Force 2018: Defence Coach

·         NRC Western Force 2018: Defence Coach

·         USA World Cup 2019: Defence Coach



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Nee kyk, ek weet nie. Dit kan seker nie slegter gaan nie...

Hopelik is hierdie 3 stappe in die regte rigting. Almal het darem meer ervaring as wat ek gedink het.

Ek verstaan net nie hoe slegs die hulpafrigters die trekpas kry maar nie die hoofafrigter nie. Is hy dan eintlik net 'n serimoniele aanstelling en rig nie self af nie? Rig net die hulpafrigters af? Of het al die hulpafrigters bedank/ ander werk gekry?
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Julian Redelinghuys bly aan as skrumafrigter.
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So loop hy.. dink steeds Cash se dae is getel, dink die timing speel n groter rol oor hoekom hy steeds daar is. Hy was ook deel van die goeie dae en die kultuur, dit speel ook n rol in ons pad vorentoe.

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Been a very rough campaign. Cash did have some good results before this Currie Cup. Then the wheels came off. I still think that he has potential. Unfortunately he was thrown in at the deep end too soon as a coach.
It will be a huge test of his character if he turns this team around, and will be the making of him as a coach. 
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Kry die gevoel dat ons op dieselfde pad is as wat ons was na Ackerman se vertrek. Administrateurs maak besluite (meestal baie swak),  en die res, afrigtingspan en spelers moet probeer om iets goed uit 'n slegte situasie te maak. Ackerman het dalk nie 'n groot begroting gehad om mee te werk nie, maar hy het darem die finale se  gehad oor wie sy mede afrigters was, en ook om ongeslypte diamante soos Fav de Klerk en Warren Whiteley onder andere te betrek
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Originally posted by Attie Karate Attie Karate wrote:

Nee kyk, ek weet nie. Dit kan seker nie slegter gaan nie...

Hopelik is hierdie 3 stappe in die regte rigting. Almal het darem meer ervaring as wat ek gedink het.

Ek verstaan net nie hoe slegs die hulpafrigters die trekpas kry maar nie die hoofafrigter nie. Is hy dan eintlik net 'n serimoniele aanstelling en rig nie self af nie? Rig net die hulpafrigters af? Of het al die hulpafrigters bedank/ ander werk gekry?

Dis presies wat ek ook gese het noudie dag. Waarvoor verdien hy dan n hoof afrigter salaris?

Ek dink die 3 nuwe ouens verdien 'n kans om hulleself te bewys. Maar om Cash te behou is 'n joke. Begin die span nou dalk weer beter doen, is dit danksy Cash of ten spyte van Cash?
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Originally posted by Leeubok Leeubok wrote:

Originally posted by Attie Karate Attie Karate wrote:

Nee kyk, ek weet nie. Dit kan seker nie slegter gaan nie...

Hopelik is hierdie 3 stappe in die regte rigting. Almal het darem meer ervaring as wat ek gedink het.

Ek verstaan net nie hoe slegs die hulpafrigters die trekpas kry maar nie die hoofafrigter nie. Is hy dan eintlik net 'n serimoniele aanstelling en rig nie self af nie? Rig net die hulpafrigters af? Of het al die hulpafrigters bedank/ ander werk gekry?

Dis presies wat ek ook gese het noudie dag. Waarvoor verdien hy dan n hoof afrigter salaris?

Ek dink die 3 nuwe ouens verdien 'n kans om hulleself te bewys. Maar om Cash te behou is 'n joke. Begin die span nou dalk weer beter doen, is dit danksy Cash of ten spyte van Cash?
as die span weer begin goed doen gaan niemand omgee waar die vandaan kom nie, ons wil net beter doen
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So beteken dit Sean Erasmus en Lemmer is weg by Leeus of word hulle op ander plekke gebruik?
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Ek het iewers iets gesien dat Erasmus terug gaan kaap toe maar niks bevestiging gesien nie
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Ek hoop Cash werk aan die manne se fiksheid want ons was die laaste tyd nie so fiks soos die ander spanne nie en het eerder gelyk of ons die spel wil stadig maak. Toe Cash die kondisionerings afrigter was, was ons top fiks en kon niemand by ons bly vir 80 minute nie, veral op die Park. Kan nie verstaan dat hy van alle mense dit laat "slip" het nie.
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Hopenlik bring Albert vd Berg vir Gideon vd Merwe saam … ons benodig so biedtjie krag voor en Christopher Hollis … hy lyk na n senter wat kan verdedig
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Stem saam met Gideon v/d Merwe ons kan doen met so bq "Grunt" !

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Wat dink julle van George Whitehead? 
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Kom ons wees eerlik, ons het Lionel Cronje gehad op 'n stadium en hom deur ons vingers laat glip...moerse fout
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Daar is baie foute begaan die laaste paar jaar....
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Originally posted by Transvaal Transvaal wrote:

Kom ons wees eerlik, ons het Lionel Cronje gehad op 'n stadium en hom deur ons vingers laat glip...moerse fout
Stem … daai jaar wat hy vir die Kings gespeel het was briljant
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Gideon van der Merwe has signed with the Cheetahs i am afraid :( He, Mox Mxoli and Dan Kasende have all been signed by the cheetahs.
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Originally posted by Scrubba Scrubba wrote:

Gideon van der Merwe has signed with the Cheetahs i am afraid :( He, Mox Mxoli and Dan Kasende have all been signed by the cheetahs.

Eish, administrators again fast asleep. Zak Burger, Eduan Keyter, Verity-Am, Gideon van der Merwe are all players that were available for recruitment. Even the Cheetahs are outbidding us for talent.
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In die berig wat ek gesien het se hulle Gideon se vrou werk en bly in Bloem so mens kan seker verstaan dat Bloem sy eerste keuse was
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Originally posted by Transvaal Transvaal wrote:

In die berig wat ek gesien het se hulle Gideon se vrou werk en bly in Bloem so mens kan seker verstaan dat Bloem sy eerste keuse was

Dit en dat die Leeus so vrot is wie wil nou hier kom speel :D
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Ek sien wp se hulle gaan n klomp recruitments maak hoe doen hulle dit is hulle nie op die rand van insolvensie nie
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Wel Cheetahs is nie veel beter tans sien Cheetahs se onder 20s verloor ook met meer as 60 pt tans waar Lions se onder 20s baie beter is. Lions het ook meer fondse as Vrystaat tans met ons deelname in Europa. Glo met die nuwe assistent afrigters kan dinge net beter raak. Hoor hulle was ook die afrigter span wat die invitational span afgerig het. Hulle het binne 3 dae die Invational span in 'n hegte span verander wat die Cheetahs gewen het. Die geheim met die aanstelling van Ackermann was dat hy 'n baie goeie ervare assistent afrigter in Swys gehad het wat hom gementor het. Hopelik kan nuwe assistente ook Cash mentor tot 'n beter hoof afrigter.
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Ook gesien ja. Dobson praat van 5 plus spelers wat bykom. En Leeus se nuus is Cash wat bly Cry
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Clearly the guys at the top are also the issue. They are happy with Cash.

You bring in consultants early in a coaches reign when things are bumpy. Maybe the head coach or assistants are a little inexperienced or need some outside perspective but you still believe in them. 

After that, maybe 1 season of results being below expectations you might change the assistant coaches. You still believe in the head coach but things need to change.

However, if after 2 - 3 seasons results are getting worse then the head coach has to go. He picks the team, sets the tactics and creates the team culture.

We sit here with Cash being the longest serving head coach of a major team in SA but his performance is the worst. Add to that, he took over the best team in SA that had not lost to another SA team in Super Rugby for several years and it looks terrible. Admittedly we were beginning to slide a bit under Swys but there is difference between - not quite as good - and our current state of finishing behind teams on half our budget and amateur facilities. Literally we are the worst team in the Currie Cup and in normal times we would be in a promotion/relegation battle and facing life in Div. 1. 

But Altmann Allers, Neville Jardin, Rudolf Straeuli and co think:  Cash in great and Cash must stay. Straeuli I get, where else can his son live his dream of being a pro rugby player despite no Craven week, no academy junior rugby or anything outside of Kearsney 1st Team? But Altmann...surely he cares about his investment...?
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