Ludeke new Lions coach

2001-05-15 16:57

Johannesburg - Frans Ludeke has been appointed as head coach of the Golden Lions rugby team for the 2001 Currie Cup season, Golden Lions Rugby Union president Jomo King said in a statement on Tuesday.

Eugene Eloff will assist him and the manager of the team will be William Roos.

The Merit A side will be coached by Balie Swart and managed by Joe Sallie. Swart's assistant will be Dalisizwe Ndebele.

King said he was pleased to see Gauteng-grown coaches rising to the fore.

"One can say it is our policy to encourage and support our own coaches who have come through the ranks in this union to strive to greater heights," said King.

At 33, Ludeke has already had 15 years' coaching experience.

He started coaching Hoerskool Vorentoe in 1987, the same year he debuted for the Transvaal Under-20 team as a flanker.

In 1991, after a stint of coaching schools in England, he played his first game for Transvaal.

He played in 15 games for Transvaal in which time he had to compete with players like Francois Pienaar, Jannie Breedt and Ian Macdonald.

In 1997 he coached the RAU Under-21 team together with Eloff, as well as the Transvaal Under-19s with Jake White.

In 1998 he was appointed coach of the RAU first team and in 1999 he started in George with the SWD Eagles Vodacom team together with Heyneke Meyer.

Last year Ludeke was head coach of the Eagles, assistant coach to Meyer in the Super Twelve for the Northern Bulls and assistant coach to Harry Viljoen during the Springboks' tour to Argentina and Europe.

This year, besides helping Eloff with the Lions Vodacom Cup team, he also coached the SA Under-19 team during the Fila World Cup in Chile.