Johannesburg - Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company, on Sunday announced their new coaching structures for 2018.
Swys de Bruin will be head coach of the Super Rugby team, replacing Johan Ackermann, who has left to coach Gloucester in England.
De Bruin will be assisted by Philip Lemmer (defence coach) and Joey Mongalo (breakdown and backline coach).
De Bruin will also be the head coach of the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup later in the season.
Meanwhile, defence guru JP Ferreira was not included on the coaching list, with the Lions announcing that he was in talks with Irish club Munster, where former Springbok assistant Johann van Graan is the head coach.
Ferreira is contracted to the Lions until October 2018, but his omission from the list means he is likely on his way.
Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield, who was the Lions’ forwards coach during this year’s Currie Cup, is also not included in the list, but the Lions did state that they would be bringing in consultants throughout the year.
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