Mitchell set to be named new Stormers Super Rugby coach

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell looks set to take charge of the Stormers

Former All Blacks and Golden Lions coach John Mitchell looks set to be named Stormers Super Rugby coach after meeting with officials in Cape Town.

Mitchell revealed last week that the Western Province Rugby Union had spoken to him earlier in the year but that their offer “did not turn his head”.

The former Lions coach said that he was looking for a longer term contract but now that the WPRU have received a compensation pay out for the loss of Eddie Jones to England they are in a better position to offer Mitchell a stronger contract.

The Stormers need to act swiftly as last season’s coach Allister Coetzee left months ago and Jones only spent seven days with the Stormers before joining England.

Media in South Africa have reported that Mitchell has been spotted in Cape Town and is understood to be the favourite for the job.

Sources have also reported that Mitchell has been offered a three-year deal by the Stormers.

Mitchell fills all of the requirements set out by the Stormers and has international coaching experience, experience at Super Rugby level from his time with the Chiefs, Western Force and the Lions.

In 2011 Mitchell won the Currie Cup with the Lions but his coaching career has been dogged by reports of player unrest.

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