Cape Town – Warren Whiteley has been confirmed as the Lions’ lineout coach for the 2020 Super Rugby season.
The Johannesburg franchise on Thursday confirmed a large management team for the 2020 season, with the former Springbok captain taking a step back from the playing field.
It was reported late last year that Whiteley would not play in Super Rugby 2020 due to an ongoing knee problem.
The 32-year-old has been laid low by several injuries over the past two seasons, but it’s specifically knee ligament injuries that could mean the end of his playing career.
Whiteley has had a significant impact as Lions skipper over the last few years and the team reached three consecutive Super Rugby finals (2016, 2017 and 2018) under his leadership.
Lions’ management team for 2020 Super Rugby season:
Head coach: Ivan van Rooyen
Defence: Sean Erasmus
Attack, backs and skills: Neil de Bruin
Forwards – scrum: Julian Redelinghuys
Forwards – lineout: Warren Whiteley
Collisions and rucking: Philip Lemmer
Technical analyst: Wynand Ellis
Team physician: Rob Collins
Physiotherapist: Preven Appalsamy
Strength and conditioning: Rupert Oberholster
Biokineticist: Jannie Klingbiel
Team manager: Mustapha Boomgaard
Assistant team manager: Johane Singwane
Massage: Ram Khumalo and Carol Dickson
Wynand Ellis: Technical Analyst
Rob Collins: Team Physician
Preven Appalsamy: Physiotherapist
Rupert Oberholster: Strength & Conditioning
Jannie Klingbiel: Biokineticist
Mustapha Boomgaard: Team Manager
Johane Singwane: Assistant Team Manager
Ram Khumalo & Carol Dickson: Massage
— Emirates Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) January 16, 2020