Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Golden Lions coach Mitchell stabbed

John Mitchell
John Mitchell

Former New Zealand coach John Mitchell is due to return to work with the Golden Lions on Monday after he was stabbed twice during a break-in at his home on Saturday night.

Mitchell spent the night in hospital in Sandton, Johannesburg, and received stitches to the two wounds before being released on Sunday morning.

The Golden Lions confirmed in a statement on their official website that Mitchell was stabbed in the thigh and the upper arm after two intruders broke into the home he shares with fellow coach Wayne Taylor. The intruders took a few possessions and then ran off.

Golden Lions Rugby Union president Kevin de Klerk said: "We have rallied around both John and Wayne during this terrible time and have placed them both in new accommodation for the time being while we find them a new permanent residency.

"The complex they were staying in has a reputation for being very safe, and as a result we never had any doubt that they were out of harm's way.

"Mitchell will be back at the office (on Monday) where we will give him our full support and encouragement."

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