Lions sign Springbok legend as kicking coach

Lions sign Springbok legend as kicking coach

Former Springbok and two-time British and Irish Lions series winner Morne Steyn joins the Lions ahead of the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup season.

Capped 68 times for Springboks and amassing over 700 test points, the recently retired place-kicker will assume the role as the Johannesburg team's kicking consultant, working closely with the franchise's ball strikers.

Speaking on his appointment, Steyn expressed his eagerness to join the franchise and to get going.

"I'm incredibly excited to get stuck in with the Lions," said the former flyhalf.

"They are a team with exciting talent and astute professionalism both from a players and coaching perspective, with the potential of achieving great things in the future.

"I'm particularly looking forward to working closely with the kickers in the squad, and my aim is to make a difference to the team's kicking strategy. The Lions are extremely fortunate to have great ball strikers; guys like Jordan, Quan, and Sanele are all brilliant kickers, so I'm excited to work with them closely."

With the upcoming United Rugby Championship just under two months away, Lions boss Rudolf Straeuli says the franchise is delighted to have secured the services of the former Bok.

"There's no doubt that Morne was one of the best kickers in world rugby and to have him share his knowledge and experience with our group is huge for us," said Straeuli.

"Tactical and goal-kicking forms a major part of competitive rugby, especially in Europe where conditions are often testing and rely heavily on out-of-hand kicking. To have the caliber of Morne advise and guide our kickers will no doubt influence and enhance our game strategy."

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