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SPORT PAGE 25 FRIDAY JANUARY 24 2020 DIAMOND FIELDS ADVERTISER Nienaber on the verge of being named Bok coach JACQUES WESTHUYZEN Davids, who previously worked at the Southern Kings, the SWD Eagles and Boland and also assisted at national junior levels, spent much of the last year shadowing Erasmus and his coaching team. Human will join the Boks as a scrum consultant in place of Matt Proudfoot, whose contract with SA Rugby expired after the World Cup. He has subsequent­ly joined Eddie Jones’ England coaching staff. The rest of the coaching team that was part of the World Cup-winning squad, including backs assistant Mzwandile Stick, will stay on in their current roles. up SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby role at the national body since rejoining the body in 2018. Nienaber and Erasmus’ paths first crossed when they were both in the defence force in Bloemfonte­in and both were involved in Free State rugby in the mid to late 1990s. world-renowned defence coach, he specialise­d in strength and conditioni­ng and physiother­apy. Erasmus, who mastermind­ed the Boks’ triumph in Japan, will continue to work closely with Nienaber and the national team, but he’ll play more of a support and advisory role to enable him to focus more closely on all of SA Rugby’s structures and competitio­ns. Likely to be named as new members of the Boks’ management team today are Deon Davids and Daan Human, both of whom are set to fill roles among the forwards. VAN DER SPRINGBOKS defence guru Jacques Nienaber will be unveiled as the national rugby team’s new head coach this afternoon. The 47-year-old Nienaber, who has been Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus’ right-hand man for several years, played a crucial role in the Boks’ march to Rugby World Cup glory in Japan last year. Nienaber became the favourite for the job following the World Cup when Erasmus made it clear he would not stay on in the head coaching role – the position he only temporaril­y filled since taking World-renowned They later also worked together at Western Province and the Stormers and also at Munster in Ireland, from where they joined SA Rugby two years ago. Before Nienaber became a Red Devils need reinforcem­ents MANCHESTER United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conceded his squad is “stretched” and made his strongest appeal yet for new signings to help his team after a miserable 2-0 home defeat to Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday night. “We are working to improve and get players in, and hopefully we can get something over the line. I think everybody can see these players are being stretched, they are stretched, and I’ve got absolutely no complaints on any of them because they give absolutely everything they’ve got,” the United boss said. Three key players – midfielder­s Paul Pogba and Scott Mctominay and top scoring striker Marcus Rashford – are out with long-term injuries, and having off-loaded several players in the summer, the Norwegian’s options are limited. “We know we have to strengthen, and we took that decision that some of these players, we let them go, because we needed to start afresh with a clear sight on target in front of us and that means a certain type of player in the squad,” he said. “This is our second defeat at home and first since August. I thought we had turned that corner,” Solskjaer added. Asked about transfers, Solskjaer said: “I understand you were talking about that and that is always going to be the talk at the moment because we’ve started a clear-out and get-players-in job.” Burnley enjoyed what was almost a routine victory and yet it was the Lancashire club’s first at Old Trafford since 1962. “For me the most important thing is that we have to perform on the pitch and this wasn’t good enough for a Manchester United team,” said Solskjaer. Former United defender Rio Ferdinand was scathing. “I’m sitting here embarrasse­d. It’s embarrassi­ng to be here seeing this,’ the former defender said on BT Sport. “You can’t defend this. Fans were walking out after 85 minutes. People at the top need to see this and make changes and put a plan in place. Young kids in schools around the country won’t be wearing Man United shirts, they won’t be wanting to come here and see this,” he said. “Nothing there suggests this is laying the foundation of future. Where’s the target set on the wall saying this is how we’re going to get there? Money has been spent willy-nilly in the past seven years, what’s to show?’” Amazulu will test The Orlando Pirates back four tomorrow REUTERS