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Golden Lions to ‘buy’ a winning team


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions on 29 May 2009 at 14:21
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Golden Lions Rugby Union Chief Executive Manie Reyneke has hauled out the chequebook, saying that he will “buy” a team capable of winning the Super 14.

Speaking to rugby365.com, as the fall-out over the controversial sacking of popular coach Eugene Eloff continues, Reyneke revealed that he is ready to enter the transfer market to replace a host of senior players that are on their way out.

The senior management, led by GLRU President Jannie Ferreira and Reyneke, managed to avoid a player strike on Thursday, following a meeting with players to explain the reasons behind a sudden about turn and the axing of Eloff.

As rugby365.com reported earlier, the GLRU were facing a possible player strike, following their decision to axe Eloff, on Wednesday.

The strike would have placed in jeopardy the Golden Lions’ match against the touring British and Irish Lions, scheduled for next Wednesday, June 3. The match will now go ahead.

Reyneke, like Ferreira, said the reports of a strike threat was “over dramatised” by the media, but admitted that there was a certain amount of unhappiness as a result of Eloff’s axing and the manner in which it was done.

“There will always be players for a coach and players against a coach,” Reyneke said.

At the heart of the player unhappiness was a sudden about turn by the union over the future of Eloff. On Monday the players were still given the assurance that Eloff would be coach for the match against the B&I Lions next week.

However, following a decision to appoint World Cup-winning coach Jake White to “audit” the union, the decision was made to send Eloff packing – with the announcement coming on Wednesday, just 36 hours after players were given assurances that Eloff’s job was safe.

This caused great unhappiness, especially amongst the core of players loyal to Eloff, and the strike threat was relayed to the union – with a number of players, initially, refusing to train under interim coach Hans Coetzee and his back-up staff, Wimpie Vermeulen and Ian McDonald.

While Reyneke and Ferreira managed calm the situation down and got all the players to return to training, reports of a mass player exodus continued to gain momentum.

Reyneke, while confirming that a number of senior players are on their way out, denied that it was indeed linked to the coaching drama and also revealed to rugby365 that he already has in place a plan to replace them.

Already lock Anton van Zyl has announced his decision to return to Cape Town, while regular captain and No.8 Ernst Joubert has signed with Saracens in England – the same club that had earlier signed the Lions’ Vodacom Cup captain and hooker Ethienne Reynecke.

Star Springbok centre Jaque Fourie has been linked to a move to French club Clermont – while other senior players like Willem Alberts, Jano Vermaak, Louis Ludik, Doppies la Grange and Willie Wepener have also been listed among those looking for an early exit. Most of them are looking to move abroad.

To counter the departure of players like Van Zyl, Joubert and Alberts, the Lions have apparently offered 34-year-old second row forward Willem Stoltz a chance to resume his stalling career in Johannesburg.

Boland’s journeyman lock Brad Mockford is also on trial in Johannesburg, while University of Cape Town centre Pieter Engelbrecht has joined the Lions ahead of their showdown with the B&I Lions next week. He has been offered a contract.

But Reyneke says the quality of the players he will be chasing will be good enough to ensure the team can win the Super 14.

“We were aware of those [senior] players leaving before the coaching drama unfolded this week,” Reyneke told rugby365, adding: “The two issues are totally unrelated.

“We are planning to replace them with players of the same quality or even better.

“I have to get together a squad that can win the Super 14 and that doesn’t just mean players, a coach as well.”

Reyneke added that while Coetzee and his back-up team have been listed as “interim” coaches, they do have an opportunity to book themselves more permanent posts.

“If all goes well he [Coetzee] may well stay on,” he said of the game against the B&I Lions next week.

“He could stay on for the Currie Cup competition and maybe even the Super 14 next year.”



27 Comments

  • Boland’s journeyman lock Brad Mockford is also on trial in Johannesburg

    Now THAT will be a good buy. He had an awesome CC last season.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.09 14:27:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • “I have to get together a squad that can win the Super 14 and that doesn’t just mean players, a coach as well.”

    Reyneke added that while Coetzee and his back-up team have been listed as “interim” coaches, they do have an opportunity to book themselves more permanent posts.

    “If all goes well he [Coetzee] may well stay on,” he said of the game against the B&I Lions next week.

    “He could stay on for the Currie Cup competition and maybe even the Super 14 next year.

    Never heard of the guy, but if I had a choice between JW and this new guy, the decision would be dead easy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.09 14:29:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    JW??

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.09 14:34:32 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 3) :

    Jake White.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.09 14:36:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • But Reyneke says the quality of the players he will be chasing will be good enough to ensure the team can win the Super 14.

    Dont think this oak realises juts how far off the pace the Lions were this year.
    He has no idea what it takes to win the Super14.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.09 14:45:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    :mrgreen: Nee man – I know who JW is…I am not THAT stupid – contrary to popular belief… :roll:

    I was asking if your would have gone with JW… :roll: :lol: :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.09 14:47:11 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Oh well – I either just shot myself in the foot or gonna hit it bIG time…chose the Chiefs for a win on SB… :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.09 14:58:56 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • why cant Adolf whip out his cheque book? Id10t!

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.09 15:10:52 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    Agree on Mockford.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.09 15:17:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 8) :
    I think Reyneke is going to find that talk is easy and in this case very necessary to save what can be saved at the Lions. This is one big PR article to placate Lions supporters, and sponsors and their few remaining loyal players, who are mostly the crowd that managed to win one Vodacom Cup game. Not to forget that next week they take on the real Lions in what is the single biggest game they, as the Lions, would have played till now.

    Take note that in this whole PR excercise its not once stated why Eloff was redeployed. I know Im hammering the point but surely there must be a valid reason.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.09 15:29:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • going to go out on a limb here… there isn’t a team of players out here, available to be snapped up, who are capable of winning the Super 14.

    If there was, the Sharks would already have bought them. Or wait – maybe Toulon would have! :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.09 15:32:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    Toulon doesn’t play Super rugby dumbass!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.09 15:44:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : I didn’t say that Boudjalel would have bought them to win the Super 14, numbnuts…

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.09 15:49:04 by robdylan Reply
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    :cool: it boys!!!! :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.09 15:59:39 by Me2 Reply

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  • If these guys had actually retained the talent they had there team would be pretty shit hot -talk about going about things the wrong way.

    And to be honest given the cheetahs and the Lions predicament – they should join again and allow the Eastern Cape to have there bloody franchise….

    Then again WP could also fall out given the only highlights in the past eight years are in the players frikken hair

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.09 16:01:38 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 15) : :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.09 16:04:06 by Me2 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    I think I’m with you on that limb.

    I’d go further and say there arent even 5 players that are currently available and willing to be bought that are good enough to even play in the knock-out stages.

    Any player worth his salt is tied up in a contract or would anyway not want to go anywhere near the sinking red and white.

    I mean, really, do you think any decent rugby player, upon hearing that the players are unhappy and leaving en masse, would be willing to move there?

    The only players available to be bought are young guys playing secodn fiddle at other unions or hasbeeners looking for a seaosn or two to top up their pension.

    AJ might be available for another season if they ask nicely…

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.09 16:47:53 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) :
    AJ has ambitions of getting involved with the Ballito Dolphins, who are playing 4th division rugby, and that is only in a year or 2s time, according to a report I read.
    I think we will be seeing a lot more of AJ as a Super Sport presenter / host.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.09 17:09:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) : eg-fakin-zacktly!

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.09 17:21:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • if the money is there the players may come

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.09 18:52:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) : i dont believe that each and every decent player is tied up for more than a year

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.09 18:54:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • happy birthday gareth and biscuit wherever you are :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.05.09 18:59:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 15) :

    In all honesty I don’t think a joint franchise will work if the unions are on equal footing.

    I think the Lions should stay in the competition and the Cheetahs told that they fall UNDER the Lions region. The lions have the coke money and will be certainly the more financially viable option

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.05.09 19:50:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Howdy!

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.05.09 20:03:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 24) :

    yo

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.05.09 20:15:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So u working tomorrow morning?? Eish!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.05.09 20:30:50 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 26) :

    Yip. :cry: :cry:

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.05.09 20:37:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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