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Tigers hoping to scoop Muir before SARU does.


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Uncategorized on 5 May 2008 at 11:36
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European heavyweights Leicester Tigers are hoping to beat the South African Rugby Union (SARU) in the race for the signature of Durban-based Sharks coach Dick Muir.

Jan de Koning writes for Rugby 365 that according to a report in London’s Daily Mail, Leicester have already had initial talks with Muir, with a view to appointing him as head coach at Welford Road for next season.

Muir said on Monday that he had not personally spoken to anybody at the Tigers.

However, the Sharks coach told rugby365.com: “That doesn’t mean they haven’t spoken to my agent.”

The Sharks coach, who is in line to join new Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’ coaching staff as a backline specialist, added that he would not be making any decisions about his future until after the Super 14 season.

Muir’s charges, currently in sixth place, need to win their remaining matches – both of which are at home – against the Cheetahs and Chiefs to reach the play-offs.

Muir confirmed that he has already had talks with SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd – the commercial arm of SARU – over the possibility of taking up the Bok job.

“SA Rugby are keen to sort something out,” Muir told rugby365.com. “I have already spoken to them, but for now I must concentrate on the Super 14… then I can look at the other stuff,” he added.

Current Tigers coach Marcelo Loffreda could be sidelined after a disappointing first season in Leicester – with the Tigers needing to beat Harlequins at Welford Road this coming Saturday (May 10), to secure a spot in next season’s Heineken Cup competition.

A win over Quins, who, ironically, are coached by former Tigers boss Dean Richards, could see them sneak into the top four and the Guinness Premiership play-offs, but that would require other teams – such as London Wasps – losing in the final round.

Having lost (25-28) to the lowly Newcastle Falcons at the weekend, it heightened speculation that Loffreda’s tenure at Tigers would come to an end after just one season – after the Argentinean failed to reproduce the magic that saw him guide the Pumas to third place in the World Cup last year (a first-ever semifinal) and also a top three place on the International Rugby Board (IRB) rankings.

But Muir – who guided the table-topping Sharks to the Super 14 Final last year, only to be defeated in the final minute by a Bryan Habana moment of magic – could find himself working at Tigers under Loffreda, who could be maintained as a Director of Rugby, according to the Mail’s report.



25 Comments

  • Well NOW we know where Muir’s mind has been for the last few weeks. :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.05.08 11:37:46 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • if he takes this Job rather than the SARU job then SARU will be livid with THEMSELVES for not getting the assistants appointed ages ago.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.05.08 11:38:46 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • I am not in a great “Dick Muir place” right now, so let me rather not comment :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.05.08 11:53:27 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Let him go I say….He might just try the same shuffeling tricks with the boks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.05.08 11:57:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well, moneywise it will probably be better for him to take the UK job…I do think that he is one of the better coaches around.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.05.08 12:53:42 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Walter

    I tend to agree and a few kak games has upset his fans (I’m one of them) but we shouldn’t forget his priot achievements

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.05.08 12:59:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • C’mon guys,Muir will be an asset to the Bokke, im hoping he sticks around.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.05.08 13:02:28 by Slayton Caville Reply
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  • Snap KSA

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.05.08 13:02:43 by Slayton Caville Reply
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  • Hoping yes, but if he’s talking to a UK club it’s pretty obvious what’s going to happen.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.05.08 13:06:22 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Muir is class, hope he stays in SA.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.05.08 13:08:24 by MorneN Reply
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  • I think all (most)super14 coaches will be in demand in the northern hemisphere considering that the ELV’s are being forced upon them.
    The street smarts that the coaches have obtained over this season will mean that they will be in high demand and the northern hemisphere team that can tap into those smarts will be at a huge advantage.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.05.08 14:50:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • When we win this weekend, I’ll be a big Muir fan again. I just need a time out from singing his praises

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.05.08 15:03:19 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I don’t like Leicester. Hope he stays.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.05.08 15:24:18 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Johnson’s club, right?

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.05.08 15:32:03 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Johnson, Neil Back, Austin Healy…

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.05.08 15:36:03 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Actually, Johnson I quite like.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.05.08 15:36:57 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • I wonder if he’s available this weekend? :-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.05.08 15:46:26 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Any of you see the Bath Sarcens game….it was a humdinger of note. Bath were 45-0 up at half-time and ended 66-21 .

    In addition 2 of the South Africans in the Bath team were yellow carded, Claasens and James. Butchie for a no-arms tackle!!!In addition he threw a lollipop pass for a Sarcens try. But on the whole he had a good game, scored a try and set up a couple more. Actually the other KZN South African, Matt Stevens, had a great game, he distributed better then Barrit.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.05.08 16:31:07 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • In addition in Michael Lipman, England have their answer at open side flank….he was brilliant for Bath.

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.05.08 16:35:41 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • he distributed better then Barrit.

    That’s like singing better than Pavarotti or playing the guitar better than Hendrix…

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.05.08 16:36:50 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Comment 20 of 20, posted at 05.05.08 16:36:50 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!)

    Yes better then Pavarotti can sing at the moment or Hendrix can play guitar now….

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.05.08 16:38:56 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • or Barritt can pass now… the poor boy’s done his shoulder ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.05.08 16:44:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • :smile:

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.05.08 16:53:05 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Snigger

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.05.08 18:54:07 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Loffreda was touted as the next best thing since sliced cheese when he signed for Leicester. And now he’s sommer fired. :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.05.08 19:38:04 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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