Mitchell reinstated as Lions coach
Suspended coach John Mitchell will return to the Lions rugby franchise next week, the union said on Friday.
"The Golden Lions Rugby Union confirm they have met with John Mitchell and have discussed the relevant matters following his suspension earlier the season," GLRU CEO Ruben Moggee said in a statement.
"John will join the team when they return for their pre-season next week. There will be no further comment on the matter."
Mitchell was suspended in June after players gave a list of grievances to the union president, complaining of being subjected to abusive language and being forced to train and play with injuries.
He met with Lions' management on Friday in a bid to return as coach of the relegated Super Rugby outfit after his representatives said he had been cleared of misconduct.
Mitchell's Australia-based agents, Fordham Management, said on Thursday the uncompromising New Zealand er wanted to return to work with the Lions as soon as Friday.
Fordham Management said Mitchell had been exonerated and intended to return to his role with the Lions, the 2011 Currie Cup winners, despite being linked with a role at English Premiership club Sale.
"John is elated with the outcome and feels that his position and reputation as an international coach has been fully vindicated," Fordham Management said.
While he was suspended, the Lions were relegated from Super Rugby in August by the South African Rugby Union after finishing bottom of the standings.