Lions deny ‘problems’ in the den

Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli and head coach Ivan van Rooyen have dismissed reviews of the union’s hierarchy interfering in staff choices and sport plan.

In keeping with a narrative on Rugby365 final week, a gathering between the teaching workers – together with its senior members – was held after the Lions’ 44-28 loss to Western Province within the opening spherical of the Currie Cup.

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The Lions Rugby Firm (LRC) will reportedly not get drawn into hypothesis relating to a recording in possession of Rugby365 wherein the union’s coaches allegedly raised quite a few points regarding higher administration.

“We can not touch upon an audio recording we now have not heard,” was the official remark from the union relating to the matter.

As acknowledged within the Rugby365 story, the recording mentioned the potential for the teaching workers confronting Straeuli with their points. These embody “Straeuli’s ongoing ‘interference’ and involvement in coaching schedules, sport plans and choice” and “a rising malcontent in direction of [Tracy] van Ginkel [the union’s contracts and operations manager] within the teaching and gamers’ ranks”.

“On the conferences I typically ask questions on our deliberate sport plan for the weekend. However I by no means prescribe the sport plan,” Straeuli was quoted by varied media.

Van Rooyen has since confirmed Straeuli’s tackle occasions and he instructed Sunday newspaper Rapport: “Rudolf will share his opinion and perception as a rugby man. He doesn’t drive the way in which of play or staff choice.”

Nonetheless, a supply instructed Rapport that each one the coaches “know concerning the issues on the Lions, however don’t speak about it”.

“I perceive there are individuals who simply wish to shield their salaries, and that’s why they continue to be silent,” the insider added. “The coaches don’t struggle with one another in any respect, however they don’t discuss concerning the current issues both. This doesn’t assist to enhance the Lions.”

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