Deon Davids is reportedly one of several candidates for the Bulls' top job. Photo: INPHO/Craig Watson/BackpagePix

PRETORIA – Southern Kings coach Deon Davids is reportedly among the latest candidates to be considered for the vacant head coach job at the Bulls.

John Mitchell left the Bulls to join England as a defence coach after a settlement was finally negotiated between the two parties.

Although Mitchell had initially been under contract with the Bulls until the end of October 2019, he opted against an extension and instead has joined Eddie Jones' coaching team in England.

It's left the Bulls in a race to find a replacement coach at a time when they are also on the hunt for a new CEO following the retirement of Barend van Graan.

Davids, who is held in high regard for the progress he has made with limited resources at the Kings, is now believed to be on the shortlist to succeed Mitchell

Deon Davids is currently the head coach at the Southern Kings in the PRO14. Photo: Richard Huggard/BackpagePix
Deon Davids is currently the head coach at the Southern Kings in the PRO14. Photo: Richard Huggard/BackpagePix

The Bulls will be desperate to secure the services of a Super Rugby head coach as soon as possible in order to begin putting pre-season plans in place.

It's also believed that the Bulls have received a healthy cash influx after reaching a lucrative agreement with the England Rugby Football Union to buy Mitchell out of his contract.

It's previously been reported that Western Province coach John Dobson was a frontrunner to take over at the Bulls, but that no longer appears to be the case.

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Besides identifying Davids as a potential candidate to replace Mitchell, former Bulls legend Victor Matfield and ex-Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse have also been linked to the job. 

African News Agency (ANA)


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