Ludeke to direct Lions

Frans Ludeke will be the Lions Director of Rugby in the Currie Cup and will stay on as head coach in the 2007 Super 14.

SA under 19 coach Eugene Eloff will be the Lions head coach, having worked as Ludeke’s assistant for the last five years. Any talk of Ludeke being axed will go nowhere because the union cannot afford to can the coach and there isn’t a performance-related clause in his contract. He is in for the next five years at R1.2 million a year.

Suparugby website reported that Loffie would be given the coaching duties to allow Ludeke breathing space after the disasters of the Super 14, in which the Cats have won just two matches and are placed 13th out of 14th with just one match to play.

The Cats play the Cheetahs in the final match.