Swys De Bruin, was also involved with the Springboks in 2018 as attacking coach, has signed a contract with SA Rugby that will see him travelling with the Springboks to Japan for the 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup.

“I feel honoured that Rassie (Erasmus, Springbok coach) asked me to go to the World Cup. Attack will be my responsibility. It’s a wonderful opportunity. I thank God for it,” De Bruin said.

He will remain the head coach of the Johannesburg franchise, although he must still put pen to paper for the 2020 season.

De Bruin has extensive coaching experience.

His coaching career started in Durban at the Sharks Academy. He was the head coach of the Sharks u/21 side in 1996 and 1997 and took charge of the Natal Wildebeest in the 1998 Vodacom Cup, guiding them to the semi-final of the competition.

After the Vodacom Cup he moved to Kimberley to become head coach the Griquas. He coached the side between 1998 and 2003 and led them to the Vodacom Cup finals in 1999 and 2000.

In 2001 he was also in charge of the Springboks u/21 side.

In 2004 he moved back to Durban to be the head skills coach at the Sharks Academy and also helping out in the Vodacom Cup, u/19 and u/21 level.

After eight seasons with the Sharks he moved to Johannesburg to become the assistant coach under Johan Ackermann. Together they completely turned around the fortunes for the Lions and are now one of the power houses of South African rugby.

The 59-year-old De Bruin took over from Johan Ackermann as head coach after Ackermann left to coach Gloucester in England.


Written by Carl Coertzen

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