Proudfoot scores Bok gig
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