Dick Muir on Tuesday confirmed that he and Stormers’ forward coach Gary Gold had been identified by SA Rugby as possible assistants to Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.
John Bishop of The Witness reports that Muir said that he and Gold were “in the process of sorting out contracts.”
But, Muir emphasised, the switch to coaching at international level “would not affect the Sharks’ Super 14 campaign in the least.”
Muir is meanwhile waiting on the fitness of utility players AJ Venter and Adrian Jacobs before settling on his line-up for Saturday evening’s Super 14 outing against the Reds at King’s Park.
Muir said Venter had a “minor issue” with his elbow after a small operation while Jacobs is nursing a slight hamstring strain.
“Both injuries are light but the team’s composition will depend on whether they play or not,” he said.
Muir said that he could start with Venter at lock (if he is fit) to add to the mobility of the Sharks pack with Albert van den Berg used off the bench in the second half.
Very mobile side
He said that he had been impressed with the Reds, a well-organised outfit who had improved from last year.”
“The Reds have a very mobile side, they are accurate at the breakdown and they keep the ball for long periods. They have worried us in the past and we are wary of them. They showed in thumping the Bulls that they can mix it with anyone.”
Muir is also considering selecting Francois Steyn at flyhalf again. Steyn took time to settle against the Lions in the Sharks’ last game but Muir is determined to rotate his players.
“Fred (Michalak) has plenty of experience and he will be needed for our overseas tour. He also makes a massive impact when he comes off the bench so we may use him there again on Saturday.”
Muir said that Tongan Epi Taione would also be used in a rotational role while Ruan Pienaar would probably start at scrumhalf.
“It is a real bonus to have such depth at scrumhalf and it certainly does not mean that Rory Kockott has been dropped. Ruan can play in so many positions and his versatility enables us to have five forwards and two backs on the bench.”Tweet