Currie Cup coaching roulette
EXCLUSIVE: The Sharks latest coaching acquisition is a decision that has some excited, especially that a foreign coach is coming to South Africa.
We have seen a number of South African coaches head overseas to ply their trade but Anton ‘Worms’ van Zyl believes the Sharks ‘decision was “pretty smart”.
“I think the Sharks are being very smart here. Nick Easter is going to bring new knowledge, a different perspective, a different way of thinking and everything is connected,” Van Zyl said.
Easter left his position of defence coach at the Harlequins for “personal reasons” after the arrival of Paul Gustard as head of rugby at the club.
“Gustard left England’s coaching setup, leaving a gaping hole and John Mitchell is being tipped to take that position,” Van Zyl added.
Mitchell, the Blue Bulls’ Executive of Rugby, has been tipped to fill the void left by Gustard after interest from the Rugby Football Union.
“If it happens, it would be interesting to see how Eddie Jones and Mitchell work together,” Morgan Newman stated.
The Sharks begin their Currie Cup campaign on Saturday, 25 August with a home match against the Blue Bulls.
“Initially, we criticised the shortened version of the Currie Cup but it is going to make the attention and focus a lot sharper on it because there are no second chances. Easter and his compatriots are going to have to be on their game from the word go and it will be good to see his influence,” Van Zyl concluded.
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