Chester gets yet another chance

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news on 15 May 2008 at 17:51
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World Cup winning Springbok Chester Williams has been named as the new coach of the Emerging SA team, who will defend their IRB Nations Cup title in Romania next month.

He succeeds new Springbok coach Peter de Villiers who led the team to the title in 2007, according to a SAPA report on News24.

Boland coach Deon Davids will act as assistant coach to Williams in a seven-man management team.

The team again face 2007 Rugby World Cup finalists Georgia (June 11) and Romania (June 20) as well as Italy A (June 15).

Williams is perfectly placed to understand the challenges the Emerging SA team will face as he is currently coaching in Romania as director of rugby for Dinamo Bucharest.

“The national team has been together here for two years and they always qualify for the World Cup,” said Williams. “It will be quite tough to come here and expect to beat them – we will have to work hard to achieve a result.”

Williams has spent three months with Dinamo, leading them to the league title and into Sunday’s national cup final after which he will return to South Africa.

“It’s great to know that I can get back into the system with SA Rugby,” he said. “I have been following the Vodacom Super 14 very closely through television and I’m sure we can put out a very strong team.”

The squad will be named shortly before assembling in Cape Town on May 26 for a training camp before departure on June 7.


  • You could pick a very interesting team for this completion.

    1 Beast (if eligible)
    2 Maku
    3 Cilliers
    4 Duncan (capt)
    5 Steenkamp
    6 Brüssow
    7 Louw
    8 Vermeulen
    9 Vermaak
    10 Dollie
    11 Nokwe
    12 Barritt
    13 Jonker
    14 O Ndungane
    15 Ludik
    16 Reynecke
    17 Geldenhuys
    18 Fonde
    19 Daniel
    20 Adams
    21 Francis
    22 Rose

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.05.08 17:59:28 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • We should in a ‘normal’ world have a Bok 22… RSA ‘A’ to play decent opposition and be back up…. and the Emerging Boks made up of sub 25 yr olds… and players never been capped…

    However I can taste the window dressing gravy from this side of the Tasman already…

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.05.08 19:22:42 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Rob,

    I’ve fixed the article title for you… 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.05.08 19:52:04 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • I really have no time for Monsieur Williams after he ran awayu from yet another coaching job the other day when things didnt work out his way.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.05.08 19:53:19 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • i was wondering, Vin 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.05.08 19:54:56 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • He’s coached on the sevens circuit with som moderate success but after that failed at the Lions, ran away from a job at WP (and France?). Same story in Uganda (or Ghana) by all accounts.

    I give him six months before he gets bored or throws his toys out of the cot after falling out with somebody.

    “Coach” of nine lives…

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.05.08 19:57:42 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • his coaching (in)ability could cost a player or two their careers if he stuffs up as a coach.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.05.08 20:01:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I wish him all the best. However his 15 a side coaching record is nothing to write home about.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.05.08 20:11:05 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • He is certainly paying his dues, by coaching in these far off places.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.05.08 20:12:41 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 8) : unless you’re writing home to say “please send help” 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.05.08 20:24:54 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 6) :

    You left out his stint at Witbank with the Pumas

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.05.08 22:06:40 by walter van Reply

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  • @walter van (Comment 11) : Not a huge success, if memory serves

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.05.08 22:22:57 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • ESPN Classic showed the 2000 Boks vs the BaaBaa’s match from Cardiff. Chester was really good in that game – got 2 good tries and Breyton 3. One tends to forget how nippy Breyton was.

    On to the coaching – I predict that Chesters 15 man record is about to get a whole lot better.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.05.08 10:00:43 by Salmonoid Reply
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