The Lions picking will place their coach John Mitchell walked out of the post, 6 years after he sacked the Reds' playing list to support a fledgling Western Force squad. Mitchell faces a huge task to push the Lions to a boil over at the Suncorp Stadium in this weekend, along with his young squad last placed after trailing to the lowly Auckland Blues previous Friday night.
If the Lions close the year with wooden serve, the SARU (SA Rugby Union) will jump down the Johannesburg squad from the Super Rugby in favor of Southern Kings, who will be located in Eastern Cape. Southern Kings are targeted at rising rugby in the football-mad Cape area.
The Lions' demotion comes consequently of the SA Rugby Union prematurely guaranteeing the Kings the Super Rugby position before they had protected an extension to the number of squads. The SANZAR has denied proposal of the SARU to increase the contest to 16 teams as Super Rugby was sold to broadcasters and sponsors as a conference format with 5 teams in each.
The progress has caused the Government of South Africa to fret. South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said that, it is significant that SA Rugby immediately finds an agreeable way out as cloud of anxiety and uncertainty is weighing very closely on the franchises and players which will be impacted and affected upon by their choice.
When Mitchell turns out to be jobless, he could be advertized as a replacement for dismissed Force coach Richard Graham, who starts work with the Reds in the month of September. Another ex- All Black John Kirwan, who walked out as head coach of Japan after the Rugby World Cup, openly unveiled his interest in the available Force position in the recent past.
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