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De Bruin replaces England-bound Ackermann at Lions

The Lions have confirmed Swys de Bruin as their head coach. Steve Haag/Getty Images

The Lions have confirmed Swys de Bruin as their head coach to replace the outgoing Johan Ackermann at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

"The Company is pleased to announce that De Bruin has put pen to paper for the position of head coach at the Lions," CEO Rudolf Straeuli said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We believe it will bring continuity and stability within the different teams in the various competitions that we are taking part in."

The 57-year-old De Bruin's last senior head-coaching job was with Griquas in 2003. He was also in charge of the Sharks Academy for many years, before joining the Lions as Ackermann's deputy 2013.

De Bruin will be in charge of both the Lions' Super Rugby and provincial teams once Ackermann leaves for Gloucester and the Aviva Premiership at the end of the Super Rugby competition.

"I am thankful for the trust the board of directors put in me, and look forward to the challenge. For now, we are still totally focused on our campaign in the 2017 Super Rugby season," he said.

The Lions also announced their squad of contracted players for next year.

Lions contracted players.

Warren Whiteley, Kwagga Smith, Andries Coetzee, Andries Ferreira (renewed), Anthony Volminck, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Corné Fourie, Courtnall Skosan (renewed), Cyle Brink, Dillon Smit (renewed), Dylan Smith, Elton Jantjies, Franco Mostert, Harold Vorster, Howard Mnisi, Jaco Kriel, Jaco van der Walt (renewed), Jacques van Rooyen (renewed), Johannes Jonker, Justin Ackerman (renewed), Lionel Mapoe (renewed), Lourens Erasmus, Malcolm Marx (renewed), Marvin Orie, Robbie Coetzee, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Ross Cronjé, Ruan Ackermann, Ruan Combrinck, Ruan Dreyer, Shaun Reynolds, Sti Sithole, Sylvian Mahuza (renewed).