Theron names his assistants

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 29 Nov 2011 at 08:18
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SA Under 20 coach Dawie Theron has named his assistant coaches for the 2012 season, as a squad of 45 players gathered in Cape Town yesterday to take part in the first of a number of training camps ahead of next year’s Junior World Championship.

Western Province under 19 coach Nazeem Adams, a man with solid age-group credentials, has been named in one of the assistant spots, but it’s the other name, that of the somewhat infamous former Bok Brendan Venter, that will have the tongues wagging. While Venter is considered by all who know him a great coach, the qualified doctor, who represented the Boks in 17 tests in the 90s, has been known to let his mouth run away with him a little at times.

Venter was appointed by Saracens as their Directory of Rugby in 2009 and whilst his tenure was marked by great success on the pitch, his behaviour on the sidelines often led to censure, with a 10-week ban for pushing a spectator followed by a hefty fine for being critical of the Heineken Cup organisers. His crowning glory, though, was the famously non-committal post-match interview he gave after Saracanes lost to Racing Metro a few years back, bizarrely repeating mundane phrases instead of providing meaningful answers to the questions. Venter was again warned by the European Rugby Commission over this incident.


  • You gotta love Brendan Venter 😈

    I’m confident that the laaities will do great this time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.11.11 08:25:56 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I think Venter loves coaching and just couldnt stay away too long but didnt want something too high profile at the same time. I really hope its a case of putting very good technical coaches with our junior sides to ensure that those players have the necessary skills to play for the Boks one day. Here’s to hoping…

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.11.11 08:35:18 by SheldonK Reply

  • I still think that Venter, despite his off field antics could be a great addition for the Sharks coaching staff. Some new blood and fresh ideas are desperately needed.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.11.11 08:57:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Why always the sharks 🙂

    Leave him with the SA under 20 side.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.11.11 09:02:22 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 4) : This site’s name is Sharksworld :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.11.11 09:04:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 5) : Ja 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.11.11 09:06:51 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 4) :

    Black and white, nothing else matters! That’s why.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.11.11 09:51:13 by Bump Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : That might JUST be the thing that will push me over the edge.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.11.11 10:51:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I still chuckle every time I think of that interview Brendan gave 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.11.11 11:13:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    I used to the Sharks pushing me towards the edge. I’m sure I’ll be able to handle this. :mrgreen: 😀

    You really dislike him don’t you? 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.11.11 11:29:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Hey at least Brendan Venter would know what he’s talking about!

    He’d be a hell of a lot better then David Campese 😆 Makes me laugh just thinking about bringing that joker in to ‘help coach’.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.11.11 11:49:53 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : Yip. I reserve that level of dislike for a select few.

    And now that Victoria is history, there is an open slot. 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.11.11 17:18:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @hendrikp: skills coach,campo was skills coach at the sharks ( skills consultant if u want the official title he was given whilst at the sharks).

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.11.11 21:26:10 by bergshark Reply

  • @hendrikp: guess people on sw just want a backline coach that brings fresh ideas,that has imagination.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.11.11 21:28:41 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 13) : To be honest it is quite sad that a professional senior team needs a skills coach! Those skills should be taught at junior levels so that it is second nature when they get to the top. But i do suppose everyone needs a refresher course sometime

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.11.11 08:39:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) :

    Sheldon, how can you not spend time on core skills that improve you as a rugby player? These guys aren’t robots that you can program to perfection.

    @bergshark (Comment 14) :

    How about a coach with a fair idea on tactics? Who doesn’t make outrageous comments, mostly about how the current Aussie backline isn’t as good as when he was on the wing.

    I’m sure you’d find nobody is interested in working with that guy.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.11.11 09:01:19 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 16) : Surely that is what the forward or backline assistant coaches are for to incorporate these skills in their training sesisons. Yes i know a large portion of trainings are game plan based, but the guys train every day sometime twice a day…surely the coaches in place can practise handling and kicking without needing a specialist?

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.11.11 10:03:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) :

    Fair call. I agree with you on that actually. Take it too far sometimes with coaches for everything.

    The one I find most interesting is kicking coaches. Why does a guy like Morne Steyn need Percy mentoring him on goalkicking, when Morne is even better at it… Makes no damn sense.

    I do think that a skills coach can be useful in some regards, but more as a part-time mentoring role rather then being part of the management team.

    Ideally, for the Springboks, I’d like to see Matfield being used as a line-out consultant, and Cobus Visagie brought in as a scrummaging consultant.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.11.11 10:42:37 by hendrikp Reply


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