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Chester lurking in Bok shadows

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Admin on 6 May 2008 at 13:46

Former Stormers, Cats and Springbok wing Chester Williams could be the man to slip in the back door as Springbok assistant coach if Dick Muir declines the offer.

Muir is undoubtedly the first choice for the position as Springbok backline coach, with Williams in second place.

However, there is some uncertainty whether Sharks head coach Muir will sign the contract with SA Rugby, as he is also considering offers from England’s Guinness Premiership outfit Leicester Tigers, who are keen on his services.

Tigers have had a decidedly average season by their lofty standards under the stewardship of Argentinean coach Marcello Loffreda. They failed to reach the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup and are in danger of not qualifying for next year’s competition. On top of that, they could well miss a play-off spot in the Guinness Premiership, and are currently in sixth position.

If Muir does choose Tigers over the Boks, it could see Williams in the green and gold as soon as 7 June, in South Africa’s first Test against Wales in Bloemfontein.

Rugby 365 reports that according to OFM Sport, the Springbok management team will hopefully be announced on Friday, if all contracts are signed, sealed and delivered.

It is expected that Stormers assistant coach Gary Gold will accept the offer to become Springbok forwards coach.

However, no decision has been made finalised regarding the position of Springbok team manager.


  • Chester seems like a nice guy, but what has he achieved in terms of coaching 15 man rugby?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.05.08 13:53:54 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
  • Noooooooooooo!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.05.08 13:56:57 by Slayton Caville Reply
  • Oh hell, wasn’t he meant to be in Uganda?

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.05.08 13:57:18 by Le Requinny Reply
  • He must’ve escaped. 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.05.08 13:58:16 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.05.08 14:13:39 by Slayton Caville Reply
  • Surely there MUSt be a better backline coach than Chester lurking around somewhere.

    Is WP’s backline play thanks to Alistair Coetzee?

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.05.08 14:30:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Dont know how they could possibly justify giving this job to Chester.

    Lawsuits would surely follow.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.05.08 14:35:10 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • WP backline play is thanks to the existance of the forward play 🙂
    But ja,i think Alistair put together a nice move or 3.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.05.08 14:46:37 by Slayton Caville Reply
  • I think it would be a shame not to get AC involved… hell, Stormers backs actually look coached, unlike the Sharks

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.05.08 15:02:36 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Chester might work as an assistant coach but his record as head coach in 15’s is a bit bad. Whenever he speaks on TV it also sounds like he battles quite a bit to express himself..not sure if he is like that while coaching as well.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.05.08 16:35:06 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • There is no backline coach in RSA worthy…

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.05.08 17:03:02 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Did they ever catch Chester’s ‘stalker’?

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.05.08 17:08:25 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • maybe Grant Bashford could be seconded to the national team?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.05.08 17:19:07 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • SARU should be sending the likes of Chester and in fact all our VC, CC coaches on international coaching courses ASAP!

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.05.08 05:32:30 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Will mean the Boks are coached by 2 people without current Super14 experience. And now the IRB has Okyed new laws, they would be on a sharp learning curve.Maybe next Mad Mike will also be given a coaching job. Will certianly keep the other Stofile off the selectors backs.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.05.08 06:31:02 by Dynamite Reply

  • Dynamite… fortunately Mad Mike is no longer with SARU… but the other fools remain…

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.05.08 07:23:41 by bryce_in_oz Reply


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