Tim in the fast lane

Tim Lane’s coaching career is back on track.

Lane, the assistant coach of the 1999 World Cup-winning Wallabies, enjoyed great success with Montferrand in 2000 before being lured to join Harry Viljoen’s new Bok management team in 2001.

Lane’s subsequent two years in South African rugby coincided with some of the worst times in the code’s history and the luckless Lane was done a dirty when Bok coach Rudolf Straeuli discontinued his services a week before the start of the 2003 season.

Lane stayed to continue the head coaching job of the Cats, but his tenure proved as unsuccessful as most who have tried to find the claws in these pussies. He left South Africa, frustrated but always convinced that South Africa had some of the best players in the world, but definitely the worst administrators.

When called by SARU officials and told that they would send him Ian McIntosh to help after the Cats had lost three matches in New Zealand, Lane responded: “Don’t bother. Send me 15 C****S who can tackle.”

He took up a consultancy in Japan for six months, but on Wednesday was confirmed head coach of French club Brive. He will be keen to reestablish himself with his French winning ways, after the South African dramas of 2002 through to 2004.