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Muir and Gold confirmed as Bok assistants


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 9 May 2008 at 11:36
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Sharks coach Dick Muir and Stormers assistant Gary Gold have been confirmed as the new Springbok assistant coaches while Peter Maimane of the Lions will serve as technical adviser in a largely new-look Springbok management team.

Report courtesy Sport24.

They were named as part of a 10-person management team in conjunction with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

“I am delighted with the coaching team we have assembled,” said De Villiers. “Gary and Dick have fine pedigrees and I have been very impressed with Peter in my previous dealings with him. I am looking forward to working with them all.”

Charles Wessels (logistics manager), Dr Craig Roberts (team doctor), Renee Lombard (physiotherapist), Neels Liebel (conditioning coach), Philip Malakoane (baggage master) and Chris Hewitt (communications manager) complete the team. The position of team manager has yet to be filled.

All posts were advertised and a committee headed by professor Jannie Ferreira made the appointments after a thorough interview process, following extensive consultation with De Villiers

“We are confident that we have assembled a very good management team,” said Ferreira. “Dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s took some time before we could make the formal announcement but they have been hard at work as a team behind the scenes for some time now.”

Sharks coach Muir has been a revelation since assuming the head coaching position in 2005, and has guided the Durban-based team back into the top echelon of the southern hemisphere game. His appointment is a coup for South African rugby, as many teams abroad were chasing his signature.

Gold has served with distinction at the Stormers as their assistant coach and previously as their technical director. As one of the most respected tactical analysts in the game, Gold is renowned for his academic and precise approach to coaching. He is a previous head coach of Western Province and London Irish. He will continue as an assistant coach with the Stormers to the end of the 2010 season.

Maimane has previous experience as a technical analyst with the Golden Lions union and currently fills the role with the Lions in the Super 14 for whom he has also served as team manager.

Wessels enjoys a second stint as the team’s logistics manager, following his involvement in the same role in 2004. He leaves a senior position at the Eastern Cape legislature to take up the role.

The medical team is headed by Roberts, who has been the team doctor at the Sharks since 2000, whilst Lombard served at the Stormers from 2005. Liebel has worked closely with coach De Villiers at SA Under-21 and Emerging Bok level.

Malakoane is the one member of management to return from the 2007 season and is now serving with his fifth Springbok coach, having started in the role under Nick Mallett in the 2000 season.

Hewitt is the communications manager. He has worked previously as a producer at Talk Radio 702 and most recently was chief rugby writer at Sports Illustrated and a Sport24 columnist.



37 Comments

  • Will Muir & Gold now leave the Sharks/Stormers? If so, it makes no sense to me.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.05.08 11:53:55 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
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  • I thought Muir was “only thinking about the Sharks” at the moment?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.05.08 11:56:26 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • #1 at the end of the Super 14, yes.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.05.08 11:58:07 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Rachel, Muir had confirmed that he would hand over the Sharks reigns to Plumtree, regardless of whether he got the Bok job or not. That story came out about 2 months ago.

    The Cape Cabal is pretty desperate to hang onto Gold, although there would be a clear conflict of interest… remember back when Solly tried to do the same? What a disaster that was!

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.05.08 11:58:08 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I see, thanks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.05.08 12:11:42 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • If Dick didn’t get the Bok job, what was he going to do?

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.05.08 12:18:53 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • #6 He must have been pretty sure of getting either the Bok job or the UK job. I’m surprised that he went for the Bok job…

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.05.08 12:26:26 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • yeah… he apparently had other European offers besides the one from Leicester that we know about.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.05.08 12:55:12 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Reckon if Dick had gotten the Leicester job, it would have been awfully hard on Marcelo Loffreda…

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.05.08 12:59:27 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Quinny, do you have any idea what Pieter Muller is currently up to? I think he’s in Italy, based on his mobile number

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.05.08 13:01:25 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Judging by the reactions on the rugbyclub last night, Loffreda is very close to losing his job.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.05.08 13:17:32 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • How on earth did you stalk -erm, I mean “acquire” his mobile number?

    I think you’re right, I think he is coaching in Italy but not sure what team – its not one of the bigger Ittalian clubs though, that’s for sure.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.05.08 13:18:52 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • FaceBook.

    I have already sent him a message asking him to come to Durban to take over the Sharks backline. He has, as yet, not responded… :oops:

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.05.08 13:23:27 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • That other site does my head in some days!

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.05.08 13:30:09 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Muller was fired by Doncaster a seaon or so ago.

    Racheltjie, I think Loffreda is being hung up to dry. One has to remember that the English club season had already started when the World Cup was on the go. Richard Cockerill was caretaker coach, and so sureley the lacklustre start to the season should be attributed to him? Plus they were one of the unions greatly affected by WC call-ups, as well as some key injuries. Since then they’ve been playing catch-up. Unions such as Gloucster, Bath & Saracens, who were not as badly affected by WC call-ups as Wasps & the Tigers had a rollicking start to the season, & so Wasps & Tigers have had to play catch-up ever since!

    Loffreda only joined the Tigers towards the end of October – sureley hge requires AT LEAST a full season to be judged? I mean, he must have needed some time to at least get familiar with the players at his disposal? Plus the Tigers are only just behind the Play-Off teams – not like they are fighting for relegation!!!

    Look at Sale – last season they took a belting in terms of injuries. From winning the championship the previous season, they finished 3rd last! Did Kingsley Jones threathen St-Andre with the sack? No, he kept calm & gave him support. And where are the Sharks now, yip, in a play-off place – they could win the championship yet!

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.05.08 13:30:27 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • My lawdy yes, I’ve already lost about 20 posts due to the 3 minute rule. How bloody annoying. Plus its sssssllllloooow!

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.05.08 13:33:56 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • yeah – I found out about Muller being fired. Came as a bit of a shock, that ;)

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.05.08 13:35:00 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • to me, it’s more about some of the frankly idiotic opinions expressed…

    Then again, I shouldn’t be a snob. I’m sure a lot of people consider my opinions just as idiotic. :neutral:

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.05.08 13:38:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • pot kettle black

    my aim is to try bait the prawn-sarmie eater on that site.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.05.08 13:39:57 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • which one is that?

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.05.08 13:55:26 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • lol, can’t tell – you might sabotage me. But if you know what a prawn-sarmie eater is you might have an idea… :twisted:

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.05.08 13:58:12 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Um, I suspect I am a bit of a prawn-sarmie eater at times? ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.05.08 14:01:18 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Loffreda did seem quite ‘resigned’ when they spoke to him. But to fire a coach after 7 months is dof. However if Leicester don’t beat Quins tomorrow they wont be in next season’s Heineken cup. And their chance to make the play-offs are pretty slim.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.05.08 14:03:14 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • For a club like Leicester not being in the Heineken Cup is a bit of a disaster.

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.05.08 14:03:53 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • still I don’t think its Loffreda’s fault. Pat Howard also struggled in his first season as Tigers coach – they stuck with him, & he left practically woith the freedom of Leicester!

    They’ll be fools to fire Loffreda – he’ll be snapped up straight away by a French club (Toulon anyone)… Time to evaluate his perfomance should be end of next season.

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.05.08 14:05:41 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • I reckon the Tigers will beat Quins tomorrow, & leapfrog them in the process…ending 5th. Not “that” bad after their awful, disrupted start to the season.

    Also if they do lose & Irish also lose, they should still sneak the 6th Heineken Cup place.

    Anyway, lets look who is ahead of them on the log – Gloucs, Bath, Wasps, Sale. 3 of them are traditional powerhouses.

    If any team needs to self-examine, its Saracens. After such a promising start to the season, they literally imploded. Maybe the focus was on the HC? Pity they’re back in Euro Challenge next season.

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.05.08 14:11:01 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • ONe can certainly not put all the blame on Loffreda. But I hope they lose to Quins. :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.05.08 14:12:28 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Leicester folk seem a bit hysterical at the mo. But I’m looking forward to Bath v Gloucester tomorrow. Should be a cracker.

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.05.08 14:14:13 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Leicester set themselves very high standards. I guess they see themselves (along with Wasps) as one of the top 2 sides in England – irrespective of what the log & form says.

    Fact is you can’t take Bath & Gloucester’ performance away from them this season – they’ve been excellent. I reckon Gloucs have one of the most underrated & unheralded backlines in the competition – & they were hardly affected by WC call-ups! Bath & Gloucs should be a cracker indeed!

    Which team do you support, btw?

    I just really hope Dayglo’s England team – masked as Wasps – don’t win the play-off… :roll:

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.05.08 14:18:19 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • I don’t really support any English team. But quite fond of Gloucester, Bath. I don’t like Wasps (mainly because of Dayglo). In an interview on the rugbyclub, Mike Tindall referred to Dayglo as Pantomime Dallaglio. :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.05.08 14:24:43 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Yip, I guess I’m supporting Bath purely because of the town itself (great setting for rugby stadium, its almost like a Roman Stellenbosch I think) & Butch obviously. But I don’t mind Gloucs either, they play very attractive rugby IMO.

    If you support Wasps you might as well support England IMO. Not too fond of London Irish either, not with Mike Twatt there…

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.05.08 14:28:00 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Just actually been listening to that Rugby Club interview on the Stomers. Interesting stuff. Stuart Barnes, Will Greenwood & Dewi Morris all seem to think there is some skullduggery going on behind the scenes, a possible split in the camp – ie) assistant coaches Cockerill & Back vs Loffreda. Motive? well it is fairly obvious.

    They raise some interesting points – firsly Loffreda only joined in Nov (not Oct). Secondly, they have only scored 4 less log points than they had this time last season – were there any calls to sack the coach then? Theoretically, Tigers could still win the championship if they sneak the 4th play-off place. How would the Tigers feel then?

    Unfortunately for Loffreda, this is starting to look like another calculated attempted ousting – much like Alan Solomans at Northampton & Dean Richards at Leicester previously (this in a WC season & after all his previous success). Richard Cockerill when asked about Loffreda was hardly supportive as a no 2, in fact he was scathing. Not what a head coach would expect from his assistant coach. Mutiny methinks.

    The Rugby Club panel also seem to think the problems lie on field with a lack of leadership (sound familiar Shark fans?). Corry’s decisions seems to be overrided by his players on the field. He points to the posts, the player looks at him & kicks for touch. And Aaron Mauger has hardly had the impact everyone hoped he would…

    But in addition to all that, it seems that the Leicester board fails to recognise that the playing fields are now ide open – whereas previously only certain powerhouses such as Bath, Wasps & Tigers had the financial clout to invest in players (thereby dominating the Premiership), most of the premiership teams now also have these resources – what with the player market becoming truly global. Obviously all resulting in many more teams being able to realistically compete for a Top 4 place.

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.05.08 15:01:44 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • aargh – meant : Just actually been listening to that Rugby Club interview on the TIGERS…

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.05.08 15:02:13 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Congrats to Doc Roberts….he lives up the road from me

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.05.08 15:24:54 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Doc Roberts… is he the Sharks doc?

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.05.08 16:17:04 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • yip

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.05.08 16:48:26 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • oh… does that mean we need a new one?

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.05.08 16:53:21 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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