A little gem that we picked up out of another story printed yesterday.
Sharks veteran Steve Atherton, who amassed over a hundred caps for Natal in the 90s, as well as playing a few tests, will take over coaching the Wildebeest (KZN Vodacom Cup side) in this year’s competition. Atherton will coach with Charles Louw, who has been involved with the Union in various junior coaching positions over the last few years.
Of the appointment, Dick Muir told Mike Greenaway of the Mercury that “Steve and I share coaching philosophies, and he has paid his dues at club level (coaching Glenwood Falcons)”.
It looks as though Sharks Academy mentor Swys de Bruyn has paid the ultimate price for a shocking showing by the Beeste in last year’s Vodacom Cup; despite a team chock full of Super Rugby experience, they failed to even qualify for the play-offs, losing more than half of their games.
Here’s wishing Steve and Charles all the best for the challenge that lies ahead. Time we brought this trophy back to Durban, boys.
Footnote: With 165 caps across all competitions, Stephen Atherton of Pinetown Boys High is the most capped players in Natal Rugby history. He was born in Hampshire in the UK and at his playing peak weighed 116kg and stood 2m tall in his socks. He represented South Africa in 8 test matches between 1993 and 1996, although his debut in Green and Gold came on the 92 tour to France and England, where he played in a number of midweek games. Atherton is currently 42 years old.