Proud­foot scores Bok gig

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Matt Proud­foot, for­mer for­wards coach of the Storm­ers, will soon be an­nounced as as­sis­tant coach to Spring­bok coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee.

Ac­cord­ing to City Press’ sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Rap­port, Proud­foot has al­ready re­ceived an of­fer from the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and only has to put pen to pa­per for his ap­point­ment to be an­nounced of­fi­cially.

Proud­foot’s con­tract will prob­a­bly run con­cur­rently with that of Coet­zee, up to the 2019 World Cup tour­na­ment in Ja­pan.

To­gether with Coet­zee and his man­age­ment team, Proud­foot this week vis­ited some of the coun­try’s Su­per Rugby fran­chises as part of the Spring­bok man­age­ment team that went to talk to the Su­per Rugby coaches and take a look at pos­si­ble Bok hope­fuls.

Coet­zee and his team will visit the rest of the fran­chises this week.

The Spring­bok group for next month’s test se­ries against Ire­land will be an­nounced in two weeks’ time.

They will meet up in Stel­len­bosch be­fore the first test against Ire­land kicks off on June 11 at New­lands in Cape Town.

It is ex­pected that Proud­foot will coach the tight five. For years, the Storm­ers’ en­gine room flour­ished un­der his coach­ing and the scrums of the Western Cape team stood strong.

He will, how­ever, share the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the for­wards with Jo­hann van Graan, who is also a Bok as­sis­tant coach.

Saru ex­tended Van Graan’s con­tract be­fore the 2015 World Cup.

At the time, he was for­wards coach un­der for­mer Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.

Saru had ear­lier said that at the time of Coet­zee’s ap­point­ment, Proud­foot would not be avail­able be­cause he ap­par­ently couldn’t get out of his con­tract with Ja­pan’s Ko­belco Steel­ers.

The door was, how­ever, left open for Coet­zee to add an­other coach to his man­age­ment team and it was al­ways the plan to utilise Proud­foot, who coached with Coet­zee at the Storm­ers for years.

The Steel­ers an­nounced its man­age­ment team for the next sea­son of the Ja­panese Top league last month and, in this state­ment, Proud­foot was named as one of the coaches who were re­tir­ing. This paved the way for the for­mer Storm­ers as­sis­tant coach to come back to South Africa af­ter just one year abroad.

The fact that Coet­zee took Proud­foot with him to Ja­pan af­ter their stint at the Storm­ers came to an end, and that he’s in­volv­ing him in the na­tional team now, shows the kind of re­la­tion­ship the two coaches have.

Ex­actly how the du­ties will be di­vided be­tween Proud­foot and Van Graan will be made clear soon.

In the mean­time, Ko­belco has ob­tained the ser­vices of for­mer Bok con­di­tion­ing coach Basil Carzis. He joined the Ja­panese club on April 25.


NEW­BIE Matt Proud­foot is the lat­est ad­di­tion to Bok coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee’s back room team

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