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Du Preez the Sharks’ (next) saviour?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Sep 2015 at 09:58
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I’m usually loathe to pick up on speculative stories, preferring to wait for rather more solid confirmation before sharing the snippets I pick up. At a time when Sharks fans are desperate for any hint of news – and in the absence of anything concrete from Sharks HQ indicating the way forward – I thought I would relax that restriction a little and share a rumour that appeared in a major KZN newspaper over the weekend.

Former Springbok and Sharks scrumhalf Robert du Preez is said to be well in the running to take over as head coach for Super Rugby in 2016. Du Preez, who cut his coaching teeth at College Rovers, has been working with the Pukke and Leopards teams for the last few years and together with assistant James Small (a Sharks team-mate) has done some very good things in Potchefstroom.

With Gary Gold saying (and proving) that his role is not meant to be a hands-on coaching one, the Sharks appear to desperately need a strong head coach. Whether du Preez, who despite his successes over the last few years has yet to prove himself at any level beyond Currie Cup First Division, is the right man to take the step up to head coach of such a demanding Super Rugby franchise is perhaps debatable. It is also not clear whether du Preez would have any say in who his assistants would be – whether he’d be able to bring Small with him, for instance, or rather continue to work with the existing assistant coaches.

We’ll have more on this story if and when it actually turns into something more concrete.


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