Former Bulls and Scotland prop Matthew Proudfoot has been named as the Stormers new forwards coach for the 2009 Super 14.
The 36-year-old Potch Boys High old boy first represented the Pretoria team in 1996, playing at tighthead in the side that made the semi-finals of the inaugural Super 12 competition that year. He moved north in 1998 and won three caps for Scotland that year, but found his further international ambitions checked by a serious of unfortunate injuries, including a broken neck! Returning to South Africa in 2001, he briefly appeared for the Valke before starting a lasting association with his home side, the Leopards, in 2002. He played for them for three years, then returned to Scotland to join Edinburgh, before finally returning home to a coaching role a few years later.
Proudfoot has spent the last four years developing a reputation as one of the finest club coaches in the land, as coach of the PUK Rugby Institute in Potshefstroom. He also coached the SA Students team this year.
Rassie Erasmus has lured Proudfoot to Cape Town to take up the vacant forwards coach berth, now that Gary Gold has joined the Bok coaching team. The indications are that Proudfoot will take over as head coach for Vodacom Western Province in the 2009 Currie Cup as well, leaving Alastair Coetzee’s future somewhat uncertain.Tweet