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Boshoff “relieved” of his duties at Lions

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 26 Mar 2009 at 07:39
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Lions coach Leon Boshoff was found not guilty on Wednesday on charges of alleged racial remarks against players in the team in the aftermath of the 56-18 drubbing against the Stormers ten days ago on the grounds that the allegations could not be substantiated.

However, the disciplinary hearing at the offices of the Lions Rugby Union found Boshoff guilty regarding abusive language used against the players and he was issued with a written warning.

He reportedly criticised two black Lions, utility back Earl Rose and Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka, during a review of the Cape Town defeat.

Boshoff and the GLRU then agreed that the forward coach be relieved from his contractual obligations with immediate effect “in the interests of the GLRU and the team.” The full GLRU media release reads as follows:

“A disciplinary hearing regarding the charges against Mr. Leon Boshoff relating to the alleged racial remarks and abusive language was conducted at the offices of the Golden Lions Rugby Union on Wednesday, 25 March 2009.

“The outcome of the enquiry is as follows:

1. After thorough investigation, the allegations of racial remarks could not be substantiated, and Mr. Boshoff was subsequently found not guilty.

2. Regarding the charge of abusive language, Mr. Boshoff was found guilty and was issued with a written warning.

“In the best interest of the Golden Lions Rugby Union and the team, both parties have agreed to relieve Mr. Boshoff with immediate effect from his contractual obligations, and will not be making use of his services going forward.

“The Golden Lions Rugby Union now consider the matter closed, and will not comment further.”

Boshoff’s legal representative, Bertie Grobbelaar, on Wednesday disputed the union’s version of events.

Grobbelaar said: “As far as the charge of abusive language is concerned, Boshoff was only found guilty on a lesser count, namely that of inappropriate language.

“As far as we are concerned there is a big difference between abusive and inappropriate language and we demand that the Golden Lions Rugby Union issue a correction on this matter.”

The Lions bounced back last week with an unexpected 25-17 victory over the Brumbies, but remain second last on the southern hemisphere championship table after six rounds.

With pressure mounting on Lions coach Eugene Eloff, media speculation has linked South African Jake White and Australian Eddie Jones, who guided the Springboks to the 2007 Rugby World Cup title, with the post.


  • Well if they just looked at the change in the wau the lions played alst week, then that alone should be enough to say to the guy.

    “Don’t come on Monday”

    If he was brought back into the ranks it would only have created division.

    Good move Lions.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.03.09 07:42:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Rugby 365 reports that he will still be paid for the remaining 8 months.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.03.09 07:44:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    One could argue they were playing for the coach…

    Boschoff has a big following amongst his forwards which has been arguably the only positive aspect of the Lions game in his tenure…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.03.09 07:47:31 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 3) :

    It would be a weak argument though 😉

    Why have they not been playing for him when he was there? Why wait until he is about to be fired?

    It sends all the wrong signals, We play like kak when he is here, we win when he is gone.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.03.09 07:52:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    Oh and there is no “c” in Bos Hoff, please don’t drag me into this. 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.03.09 07:53:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Why issue a written warning and then fire the guy 😯 Does that make ant sense to anyone 🙄

    And I’m sure he is not the first coach that uses bad language in a changing room…I can’t imagine Nick Mallet never saying a swearword while coaching.

    This whole thing stinks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.03.09 08:29:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) :

    The thing is you now have players in the group who don’t want him there and you have players who probably have no problem with him.

    So who do you keep? The Players or the assistant coach?

    Keep the coach and you will piss some people off.
    Keep the players and you will piss some people off.

    What will cost the union less? is the question that I would ask and while it ain’t cool, it is the least costly path to follow.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.03.09 08:40:07 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : I’m not saying he should stay, but it was handled badly as far as I’m concerned

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.03.09 08:59:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : welcome to SA rugby

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.03.09 09:14:01 by robdylan Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :

    Could this be a Lions version of the FIGJAM type revolt in England Cricket?

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.03.09 09:40:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) :

    Well he wasnt actually fired, evidenced by the fact that he’ll still be drawing a salary for the enxt 8 months. He just doesnt need to come to work anymore.

    Supposedly Jannes Labuschagne and Willie Wepenaar went to bat for him at the hearing.

    Cut it whichever way you like – Earl Rose, whether talented or not, is a bad apple.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.03.09 15:58:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 11) : Sounds like my kind of job 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.03.09 16:09:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Sounds like the easy way out. They keep paying him til end of contract and he leaves. Then they dont have to prove racism or drag the clubs image through the mud!

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.03.09 16:19:27 by Rahul Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    @bryce_in_oz (Comment 3) :

    One could also argue that it was his “uitk*k” that made the players look at their roles in the defeat to the Stormers and finally front up for themselves. Who really knows?

    Big thing for this guy is that no one can hang a tag around his neck now and that maybe he can look at other ways of supplementing his 8 month holiday pay. Some hairy things were said an attributed to him so maybe this can still go somewhere.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.03.09 16:40:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • How about a few apologies to Mr. Boshoff and his ethnic group for some of the things that were posted here last week?

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.03.09 17:39:55 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 15): let’s leave ethnic groups out of things, as per the terms of usage of this site.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.03.09 18:06:47 by robdylan Reply

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