Sharks honour former Bok coach
SPOTLIGHT: It has been three decades since the Sharks won their first Currie Cup title and the architect of that win has now been honoured.
On Thursday the Sharks saluted Ian McIntosh for that achievement by naming their main entry gate to the Kings Park stadium in his honour.
This is just recognition for a coach who has made an invaluable contribution to Sharks and South African Rugby.
McIntosh, a Zimbabwean-born coach, also served as head coach for the Springboks in 1993 and 1994.
McIntosh never played for his country as a player but became acquainted with coaching in the 1970s under the tutelage of the then Welsh Rugby Union coaching director Ray Williams.
He coached the legendary Natal team during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He became a national figure after Natal won their first Currie Cup in 1990 in their centenary year, beating Northern Transvaal in the Final at Loftus Versfeld.
His success with Natal led to him being appointed as Springbok coach.
In 1994 – the year before the 1995 World Cup – he was sacked as national coach, following the series defeat to the All Blacks in New Zealand in July and August.
Today we had the privilege of honoring the legendary Ian McIntosh who has given so much to Sharks rugby as we named the entry gate to our stadium in his honor🦈#OurSharksForever pic.twitter.com/jOySVKAW9Q
— The Sharks (@TheSharksZA) March 3, 2021