From Selborne to the Lions

Former Selborne headboy Allan Miles has begun his stint as coaching co-ordinator with the Golden Lions.

Miles was offered the job two weeks ago by Jake White, whose Winning Way company recently did an audit on the Jo’burg-based union.

‘It was definitely out of the blue,’ the accounting teacher told the Daily Dispatch‘s Dominic Peel. ‘It happened very quickly and the offer was too good to turn down. Rugby is my passion and if I can make it a full-time career that would be great.’

While Miles, who had coached Selborne’s U15A side since 2007, couldn’t get unpaid leave, the school has assured him that there is a ’90% chance’ of them finding a place for him if he returns.

‘I’d like to thank all at Selborne for their support and for giving me the opportunity to coach at such a prestigious school,’ he said. ‘I’ve always dreamt of coaching the Selborne first team but you never know …’

Miles has a two-month contract with the Lions (that will be reviewed) and his responsibilities will include coordinating the training schedules for the team’s Currie Cup campaign, ensuring all departments have enough time to achieve their respective team targets, ensuring that all sessions are well planned and prepared (field, equipment etc) as well as making sure that coaching staff are punctual and the players are in attendance.