Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
26 Nov 2019
8:52 am

Ivan wants to ‘Cash’ in on his famous Botha family ties

Rudolph Jacobs

The new Lions Super Rugby coach has his work cut out in 2020, but he's sourced insights from two Springboks ... one a very famous one.

Cash van Rooyen said the Lions would arrive in Cape Town with a few different elements to their game. Picture: Getty Images

Lions head coach Ivan ‘Cash’ van Rooyen has a mountain to climb in the 2020 Super Rugby season, but being married into the family of famous Springbok brothers Darius and Naas Botha has given him a glimpse of what it’s going to take. Van Rooyen’s wife, Rienie, is the daughter of Darius – a former Bok and Northern Transvaal wing who died from stomach cancer in February 2018 – and a niece to Naas. Both Darius and his more famous younger brother, former Bok captain and flyhalf Naas, formed part of a memorable Northerns side which competed between 1977 and...