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Mitchell cleared of misconduct charges, wants Lions job back

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Suspended ... John Mitchell.

Suspended ... John Mitchell. Photo: Getty Images

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell says he has been found not guilty of charges of misconduct by the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) and is demanding to be reinstated as head coach of the South African side.

A statement released by Mitchell’s management group expressed anger that the 48-year-old was still suspended by the GLRU even though it had withdrawn six of the charges levelled against him.

Mitchell was suspended at the end of June after Lions players lodged a list of grievances with the GLRU.The GLRU will not be drawn on Mitchell’s claims, confirming only that an independent chairperson, Peter Bam, had concluded the internal disciplinary hearing.   

It said the findings and recommendations would remain confidential until discussions had been held with Mitchell, prompting a heated response.

‘‘That’s pretty amazing considering the damage that this action taken by the GLRU has done to John’s reputation and brand,’’ a statement from The Fordham Company said.

‘‘One would have to question why this information is being withheld.’’

Mitchell’s lawyers had threatened an application to the Labour Court to secure full disclosure of the findings.

Mitchell signed a three-year deal with the GLRU after leaving Australia’s Western Force franchise in 2010.

He led the Lions to their first domestic Currie Cup title for more than a decade last year but oversaw a Super Rugby campaign this year in which the Lions finished last and were replaced in next year’s competition by the newly-formed Southern Kings franchise.

Forwards coach Johan Ackermann coached the Currie Cup team to last month’s semi-finals while a suspended Mitchell took up a consultancy role at his former English club Sale.

‘‘I want my head coach position back at the Lions,’’ Mitchell said.

‘‘There is some unfinished business to do with the Lions. Furthermore, I am determined that my future will be in South Africa.’’ 

AAP

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
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FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
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RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
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RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
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ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
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ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
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FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
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