10 Nov 2012

Mitchell to return to the Lions

1:56 pm on 10 November 2012

Suspended coach John Mitchell will return to the South African Super Rugby side the Lions next week.

The Lions Union say they've met with Mitchell and have discussed the relevant matters following his suspension earlier the season and that he'll join the team when they return for their pre-season next week.

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.

While he was suspended, the Lions were relegated from the Super Rugby in August by the South African Rugby Union after finishing bottom of the standings.

Mitchell, the former All Blacks coach, had all but signed to coach British club Sale, before returning to South Africa.