Sharks' coaching exodus gathers momentum
TRANSFER NEWS: Former Springbok flyhalf Braam van Straaten has left the Sharks and join Southern Kings as their as defence and kicking coach.
Van Straaten comes with a wealth of experience, not only as an ex-player but as a defence and kicking specialist.
He was previously the kicking coach of the Australian national team and was recently the defence and kicking coach of Super Rugby franchise, the Sharks.
“We have set our sights on creating a quality side at the Southern Kings that boasts not only quality players but quality coaching personnel as well,” Southern Kings Chairman Loyiso Dotwana said.
“As such, we have ensured that we recruit some of the best specialists in key management positions and Braam is one of those internationally sought-after individuals we are proud to have brought on board.
“He comes with a great track record, and we are looking forward to him making a great contribution to key areas of play – defence and kicking.
“He will obviously work closely with our Director of High Performance, Robbi Kempson, and our soon-to-be-appointed head coach.”
With Van Straaten’s departure the exodus of coaching staff from Durban has gathered momentum.
As @rugby365com reported recently Sharks skills coach AB Zondagh has signed with French giants Stade Toulousain.
Another assistant coach, Ricardo Loubscher, is heading to Paris to join Heyneke Meyer at Stade Francais.
🔴 WELCOME BRAAM ⚫
Our coaching staff has been bolstered with the appointment of ex-Springbok, Braam van Straaten, who has taken up the role of Defence, Kicking, Exits & Aerial Skills Coach.
Welcome to the #KingsFamily Braam!
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— Isuzu Southern Kings (@SouthernKingsSA) July 11, 2019
Dotwana further added that interviews for the Southern Kings head coach position have officially commenced.
“Our Rugby Committee has shortlisted candidates who will be interviewed by the interview panel and the interviewing process has commenced,” he confirmed.
“At this stage we cannot divulge the list of candidates on our shortlist as some of these applicants are still under contract elsewhere.
“We are, however, quite pleased with the calibre of interviewees who have been shortlisted.
“We have no doubt that the successful candidate will be the right fit for the direction this franchise is embarking on. We hope to make an announcement on the new Head Coach by the end of July.”