Come to breakfast with John Mitchell

2013-11-07 00:00

THE Midlands rugby community have been invited to breakfast with former All Blacks head coach John Mitchell in the UKZN clubhouse’s Sin Bin restaurant and bar at the Varsity rugby stadium in the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road in Scottsville next Wednesday.

“In particular, we welcome all Varsity supporters and former players to come along,” UKZN Rugby Club Pietermaritzburg campus chairperson Roger Sheppard told The Witness yesterday.

Sheppard emphasised that this was not a fundraiser but would serve to allow the Varsity family to hear the recent Golden Lions’ Currie Cup-winning head coach’s thoughts on the upcoming season for UKZN Rugby Club and the plans already in place.

The Durban-based Mitchell surprised rugby circles worldwide when he accepted the position of head of UKZN Rugby and head coach of the university’s flagship team, the UKZN Impi, three months ago.

The Impi play their first home matches of the 2014 Varsity Shield season on January 27 in Durban and February 24 on the PMB campus.

“Mitch will be holding one of his regular 6 am squad training sessions next Wednesday, so guests are welcome to arrive early and watch the boys being put through their paces,” said Sheppard. The actual breakfast is at 7 am for 7.30 am.

Attracted by the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of a former All Blacks head coach, talk has it that a number of exciting new players are expected to join the Impi for the 2014 Varsity Shield campaign. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s fresh ideas and innovative approach to training, and his detailed planning, have brought a new impetus to student rugby in the province.

The fee for the breakfast is R80 per head and those interested in attending are invited to contact Cheryl at 033 260 5189 or Janelle at 082 648 9884 by tomorrow.

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