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Brendan Venter coming home


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 30 Nov 2010 at 19:19
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Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter is to step down from his post with the English Premiership side in January and return home to South Africa for “family reasons”.

But the former Springbok will remain connected with the north London club as technical director.

Venter had recently spent some time back in South africa following a death in the family, which may have triggered the decision to move.

The announcement comes on the same day that there has been mass speculation surrounding the Springbok assistant coaches Gary Gold and Dick Muir.

It remains highly unlikely at this stage, but if Bok coach Peter de Villiers were on the lookout for a new assistant, then Venter could be an option.

Mark McCall, a former Ulster and Castres coach, will be promoted from within the Saracens setup to director of rugby.

Andy Farrell, himself a former Saracens midfielder and Test player for both the Great Britain rugby league and England rugby union teams, will inherit McCall’s former position of first team coach.

“Brendan, Anneme and their children are returning to South Africa in January for family reasons and, as a club very much based on family values, we respect their decision and wish them well,” Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Mark and Andy will take over the day-to-day running of the team, but Brendan will remain an integral part of the club, as technical director, making frequent visits to north London.

“We would like to thank Brendan for his outstanding contribution through the past two seasons, establishing a culture of honesty, discipline and work ethic that is now enshrined within the DNA of our club, and we look forward to his continuing involvement in the months and years to come.”

Venter guided Saracens to last season’s English Premiership final but his time in charge saw him involved in repeated trouble with rugby authorities.

Earlier this month he was fined 25,000 euros (R234,630), of which 15,000 euros was suspended, for criticising the standard of refereeing following Saracens’ European Cup defeat by Leinster.

Venter was furious that French referee Christophe Berdos failed to sin-bin three players from Irish province Leinster during the second half, when a rash of penalties prevented his team gaining momentum.

“There is a real danger that if we don’t take action going into a World Cup year, the game of rugby is going to die, be killed stone dead because the public won’t come to watch,” Venter said at the time.

He previously missed Saracens Premiership final loss to Leicester at Twickenham in May after being hit with a touchline ban by English officials following a fracas at the eventual champions’ Welford Road ground a couple of weeks earlier.

And in January, he received a suspended coaching ban and had to apologise to referee David Rose after criticising his handling of a separate Premiership encounter between Leicester and Saracens.

Saracens are currently fifth in the 12-team Premiership.

Article courtesy of Rugby 365.



9 Comments

  • Saracens’ comment

    Saracens today announced that Brendan Venter is to return to South Africa for family reasons, relinquishing his post as director of rugby.

    Venter will continue to work at the club in the newly-created position of technical director, making frequent visits to London to fulfil his duties.

    The change will take effect from January 9 with Mark McCall, currently first-team coach, promoted to the role of director of rugby.

    The reshuffle is completed by Andy Farrell’s elevation to first team coach. Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said: “Brendan, Anneme and their children are returning to South Africa in January for family reasons.

    “As a club very much based on family values, we respect their decision and wish them well.

    “Mark and Andy will take over the day-to-day running of the team, but Brendan will remain an integral part of the club, as technical director, making frequent visits to north London.”

    Wray is confident that Saracens will not suffer from the reduction in Venter’s involvement with the club.

    Though at times a controversial figure, Venter’s influence has transformed the Aviva Premiership finalists from perennial underachievers to title challengers.

    Wray continued: “The direction, stability and continuity of the club are unaffected.

    “We will continue our collective quest to be successful on and off the field, striving to win championships in England and Europe, working hard for our players and staff, their families, our supporters and the broader community.

    “We would like to thank Brendan for his outstanding contribution through the past two seasons.

    “He has established a culture of honesty, discipline and hard work that is now enshrined within the DNA of our club.

    “We look forward to his continuing involvement in the months and years to come.

    “Equally, we are delighted to appoint Mark McCall as director of rugby.

    “He has played a crucial role in our recent success and, with his high-level experience at Ulster and Castres, is ideally equipped to maintain this progress.

    “He will lead an outstanding group of coaches, including Andy Farrell, Paul Gustard, Alex Sanderson and Dan Vickers, and Scott Murphy as high performance director.”

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.11.10 19:21:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Interesting…

    Is he going to form part of the ghost technical committee to assist Golden Dick and the Clown?

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.11.10 19:24:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : maybe he’ll out play the GD :smile:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.12.10 11:18:01 by chaz Reply

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  • Welcome back home BV :mrgreen: lets just hope we don’t hv to wait for u to take over :smile:

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.12.10 11:19:34 by chaz Reply

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  • :mrgreen: It seems Mr Venter has some serious anger management issues… or has he just got foot-in-mouth desease?

    Imagine him and PDiv together at next year’s World Cup… both bleating on together after WC matches about the poor standard of reffing being the reason we lost, oh, and the IRB conspiracy to make sure NZ win it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.12.10 12:20:27 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 5) : :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.12.10 12:22:21 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : great avatar i like this one :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.12.10 17:05:53 by chaz Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.12.10 17:06:44 by chaz Reply

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  • New backline coach for FS next year? Or will he come to cape town, he`ll be very successfull with the Stormer backline . ..

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.12.10 13:14:50 by Original Champion Reply
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