Cape Town – The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) have bid
farewell to coach Russell Winter who has signed a contract to coach the
forwards at Western Province as of November 2015.
Winter is severing his ties with the Golden
Lions after an association with the Union that spanned 21 years, 12 as
player and seven years in a coaching position.
Winter coached the union’s Under-21s and
Vodacom Cup sides for the past five seasons.
The former Jeppe learner first donned the Red
and White hoops of the then Transvaal Craven Week team in 1994 and he represented
the Under-21s – whom he has coached for the past three seasons – in 1995 and 1996.
Winter went on to captain the Lions at
Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup levels and skippered the Cats for a season before
playing for the Sharks for a single season.
He enjoyed a two year break after
retiring in 2006 before being appointed as the assistant coach for the Vodacom
Cup side and he was promoted to head coach for the last three years.
Winter has been appointed as Eddie Jones’
forwards assistant at the Stormers and the Lions have wished him all the
best with his new venture.