JOHANNESBURG – Lions boss Swys de Bruin will continue to receive professional help in his efforts to deal with stress.
De Bruin said on Thursday he didn’t realise he was a “control freak” after suffering a breakdown while leading the Lions on their three-match tour of Australasia recently. He left the squad to return to Johannesburg on the eve of the second tour match, against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
At the time, the Lions said De Bruin was suffering from a “medical condition”, but it later emerged that he was stressed and needed help to deal with the pressures of his job.
“I was hoping this was something I could get rid of quickly, but I can’t, and I’m going to get help again next week and the weeks after that,” said De Bruin, who has been head coach of the Lions since the beginning of last year.
“I didn’t realise that I am a control freak, and if I can’t control things, it affects me. I’m learning how to deal with that.