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Stormers confirm Coetzee’s departure

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 3 Feb 2015 at 12:42
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The DHL Stormers have confirmed that head coach Allister Coetzee will be leaving the union at the end of the Super Rugby season to take up the post at Kobelco Steelers that has been vacated by Gary Gold

Coetzee was evasive about his future on Friday evening pointing out that he has not signed with anyone “not even with WP Rugby” but has now decided to come out and spill the beans saying “I’ve had eight fantastic years at Western Province Rugby and would like to thank my fellow coaches, players, the leadership of WP Rugby and, of course, the supporters here in Cape Town and across the country. My family and I have always been made to feel very welcome in Cape Town, but we have now been presented with a great opportunity and some exciting times await us in a very new and different environment.”

Coetzee has had a relatively successful time in Cape Town winning 2 Absa Currie Cups and 2 Super Rugby Conference titles while also losing out in both a Currie Cup and Super Rugby final.

Western Province DOR Gert Smal said the Union had tried to hold onto Coetzee but understood that he wanted to pursue a new challenge, Smal meanwhile pointed out that there would be changes among the management team with John Dobson and Dawie Snyman taking up the Currie Cup coaching roles while Matt Proudfoot would be heading up a newly established “ Tight 5 factory” and Robbie Fleck would take care of the Under 21’s.

“John Dobson and Dawie Snyman have both impressed me with their vision and, of course, their records speak for themselves – having won three trophies in five seasons and produced countless players who have moved into our Super Rugby and Currie Cup teams (and beyond).
“It was always my intention to give John and Dawie an opportunity at a higher level this season and I am positive that they will reward my faith in them and continue their progression as talented coaches. At the same time, Matt and Fleckie can spread their specialised knowledge from the bottom up – and thereby get a first-hand experience of our young talent within the union – and also develop their coaching in a new environment.
“Over the last few months we have now integrated the likes of Paul Treu, Hanyani Shimange and Rito Hlungwani into our coaching set-ups, plus we are able to use Allister Coetzee, Robbie Fleck and Matt Proudfoot in new, wider roles in the latter half of the season and, of course, (we are) set to give the likes of John and Dawie a deserved opportunity at a higher level.
“It’s an exciting time for all of our coaches, who will continue to be stimulated throughout the year, but with all of this news (and movement) now confirmed we can move into the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season without any off-field distractions and concentrate on the job at hand.”

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