Western Province appoints new Director

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby, WP on 31 Mar 2014 at 15:52
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Former Springbok assistant coach Gert Smal has been appointed the new Director of Rugby of the Western Province Rugby Union.

The Springbok loose forward, who served a successful stint as Western Province coach a decade ago, will take up office from tomorrow and will immediately become responsible for overseeing all playing and coaching matters at the union, including the contracting of players.

This means that all professional coaches at junior and senior level – including current Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee – will be answerable to him.

Smal and Coetzee worked together as assistants to current Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White as part of the Springbok management team that captured the Rugby World Cup in 2007. It will be interesting to see how well that relationship pans out over the coming months, with massive dissatisfaction within Western Province ranks aimed at Coetzee, whose team have lost five games already in 2014.


  • if only he was a Shark now…

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.14 15:53:28 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 1) : because what we have is clearly not working 🙄

    Anyways, Smal’s position seems to be a long term fix, rather than an instant fix. This season for them is enjoying a nice holiday in the septic tank.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.14 16:04:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Probably a good move. If he isn’t mired in the politics. Very good coach with a helluva punch.

    @Uli Boelie (Comment 1) :
    Oh brother. 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.14 16:11:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : Will never forget that punch

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.14 20:47:16 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.14 20:48:54 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Now they must only clear their board room from all the inside “politics” then they’ll be ok.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.14 21:12:39 by JD Reply
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  • Have you guys seen this?! 😯

    You know what that means 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.14 07:41:56 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : @Big Fish (Comment 3) :

    Actually White wanted him as part of his coaching team, but could not have him due to the Sharks already appointed the coaching staff.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.14 08:16:44 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 5) : There was that punch and then there was Burger Geldenhuys’ assault from behind on Andy Dalton. Disgusting.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.14 09:33:36 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Just a pity the Stormers did not have the balls to boot Coetzee in total

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.14 13:57:45 by Saffex Reply


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