Straeuli rumoured to leave Sharks

2013-10-16 00:00

RUDOLF Straeuli’s relationship of more than 10 years with the Sharks appears set to come to an end as he eyes a move to the Johannesburg-based Lions.

It is still not clear what position the former Springbok coach will fill at Ellis Park, though it is likely that he will be named commercial manager and be heavily involved in contract negotiations with players and staff.

It is a job that Straeuli has performed with distinction over the last few years since his stint as Bok coach ended in 2003.

Golden Lions Rugby Union CEO Manie Booysen couldn’t confirm the appointment just yet, saying that there were still a few fine details to go over with Straeuli before any announcement could be made.

“He comes with a large set of skills that could be very beneficial to us,” said Le Roux. “We just have to determine exactly what role he will fill here.”

Straeuli’s contract with the Sharks was only due to expire at the end of next year.

When asked, Smit said he had no knowledge of Straeuli’s potential move.

“It’s news to me,” he said on Monday.

Straeuli could also not confirm anything.

Straeuli played 61 games for the Lions between 1993-1995.

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