Video: Stormers under 'new' management
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Stormers has become the second South African team to adopt the new coaching rotation policy during their ‘Preparation series’.
Last week the Lions revealed that they will be managed by Under-21 coach Mziwakhe Nkosi, with senior coach Ivan van Rooyen overseeing proceedings as Head Coach of the Lions Rugby Company.
It seems like the risk paid off as the Lions secured a win over Pumas last Friday under the guidance of the Nkosi.
Speaking to the media via a virtual press conference, Stormers head coach John Dobson revealed his assistant coaches will also get an opportunity to run the team’s training sessions through the ‘Preperation’ campaign.
Rito Hlungwani will take over the role of coach for their match against Griquas in Kimberley next Tuesday, March 9.
Stormers skills coach Labeeb Levy and backline coach Dawie Snyman will be given similar opportunities against the Bulls and Lions, respectively.
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“As much as we want to build depth and opportunities for our players, the same applies to the coaching staff,” Dobson told reporters when quizzed about the rotations.
“We want to create opportunities for them and develop these coaches.”
Dobson explained: “I’m still going to take responsibility for the performances next Tuesday.
“I just think as a head coach there are certain things that assistant coaches aren’t exposed to – whether that’s selecting or dropping a player, signing off on a training session, speaking to the team and setting the week’s themes – [so the next few games] will be good experience for them.
“Keep in mind it’s not a university course. However, for a guy like Rito and the other coaches it will give them some experience and insight into what I do.
“It’s not something we can ordinarily do in a normal competition.
“As you know, this is a preparation series and there is no log or trophy.
“But there is still a lot of pressure, to perform and compete which is a good thing,”