Macleod-Henderson takes Currie Cup reins

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 29 Apr 2014 at 16:31
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The Cell C Sharks have made an early announcement regarding coaching structures for the remainder of the year, with Brad Macleod-Henderson installed as Head Coach for the Currie Cup campaign, under the direction of Director of Rugby Jake White.

The former Sharks loose forward is understood to be a strong favourite of CEO John Smit and was at times last season described as head coach of the Currie Cup side, despite former Director Brendan Venter’s hands-on role during that successful campaign. MacLeod-Henderson will be assisted by the current Super Rugby assistant coaches, Paul Anthony (forwards) and Sean Everitt (backs).

White will apparently devote his attention to structures within the union and play an active role with the province’s under 19 and under 21 sides once Super Rugby has run its course for the year.

Junioe coaching appointments have also been confirmed; Deon Kayser and Albert van den Berg will take charge of the under 21 side, benefiting from continuity as both are currently coaching the Vodacom Cup side comprising a number of players still eligible for age-group rugby.

Jim Fleming, an off-season recruit from the EP Kings, will coach the Sharks under 19 side, assisted by UKZN Impi assistant coaches Butch James and Ryan Strudwick. Strudwick is himself a former ehad coach of the under 19 side.


  • Good news as in so far that these coaches know well in advance so that their planning could be done,

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.14 17:06:42 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • That’s awesome news. Woul love to see M-H’s take on the team

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.14 17:06:51 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Nice to know but think it would have been better to carry on with JW as head coach just for continuity for Super Rugby 2015.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.14 17:36:25 by JD Reply
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  • Eish

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.14 17:45:31 by benji Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : I agree but it may be that the Sharks consider him the man to take over should Jake White not renew his contract. Would make sense to start giving him the opportunity to coach the Currie Cup team should that be the case.

    Congrats to Brad whatever the case may be!

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.14 18:28:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : yes I’m glad for BMH but this now makes 5 head coaches in 2 seasons. To much changes!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.14 18:37:05 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : I count 4: Plumtree, Venter, White, BMH. Who am I missing? But you’re right, not ideal in terms of continuity.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.14 18:43:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : last part of Super rugby after Plum got the boot, not really a new head coach but a change of sorts.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.14 18:55:49 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : Of course, thanks!

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.14 19:09:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Still the same father of the house, just the older kids and uncles are charged with looking after them….

    ….I think it’s the first time that there’s a proper coaching structure in place…players also getting a holiday from JW, which I’m sure will be welcomed by all. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    Plum seemed to be stuck in CC mode, thankfully JW won’t fall into that trap. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.14 19:51:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : problem is everyone has their own way of doing things and ideas of where to play certain players. Does BMH have the same ideas about players and game plan as JW?! Hope the powers that be can get this chance right but for me I still think that JW should have been the Currie cup head coach and if need be he BMH could take over Currie cup head coach from 2015.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.14 20:07:03 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : I think you will find JW will have a say in selections, positions and player development. While leaving the everyday coaching, team selecting and team management to BMH.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.14 20:22:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 12) : sorry to say but I don’t like this whole coach coaching a coach thing.ย “to many cooks spoils the broth” . All the changing of coaches will not help the team interplay and players settling into a uniform game plan for Currie cup and Super rugby. Players will have to adapt to a new coach for every competition plus another coach and game plan if they play for the Boks. And now we complain that the players can’t find each other come game time!?!?!?!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.04.14 20:46:50 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : This is JS’ “restaurant”, JW is the executive chef and BMH will be the head chef tasked with execution of the meals and management of the line cooks (line cooks being captains and vice captains, food being the rest of the players)…

    …and we’re the diners giving the head chef and executive chef grief when our food is undercooked, overcooked or just plain bland.

    We’ve been on the receiving end of all three this season…friday tasted like bland, undercooked pork. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    (yes, I am hungry) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.14 21:50:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Wow i think some people are over thinking this. Lets simplify…Smitty is overall in charge of everything. JW controls all things playing wise. Yes BMH has been appointed CC coach but he will merely be carrying out JW orders and game plan as will Keyser etc. BMH provides continuity from Super rugby. I think it is a good appointment- especially his assistants

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.04.14 08:05:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : don’t think it is really as simple as what you make it out to be. Over the last two years there’s been to much changes to head coaches and that will have a negative impact on the players.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.04.14 08:35:40 by JD Reply
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  • Jake will always have a say. BMH was announced as the technical analyst for S15 ? BMH minus springboks, many experienced players left for euros and a very talented string of youngsters. Unless the sharks contract new players will take some time to build a very competitive team. Can not see us winning the CC next season.

    Early days as we must get past the S15 competition where I believe we are in trouble ! Both the Sharks teams must start playing as a team! We should ask Brendon how he gelled a team in a short space of time during the CC ?????

    lets be positive though and hope for success on tour!

    Go Sharks !!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.04.14 08:55:48 by Observer Reply

  • @JD (Comment 16) : Change is inevitable with professional sport. Look the Cheetahs have had a consistent coach for years…has it greatly benefited them? Players are used to adapting to new coaches as they have been their whole lives. I doubt any player in the whole has only had 1 or 2 coaches for any long period.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.04.14 10:00:21 by SheldonK Reply

  • Good luck Brad.

    Is it bad for me to already be looking forward to a new tournament, new talent and new game plan?

    So over the lacklustre Bulls rugby that the S15 has been dishing out of late

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.04.14 10:09:47 by stevovo Reply
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  • The danger with Jake is that he won’t be guaranteed to stick around for long. I believe he still would love to coach an international team, and should the England (or one of the other bigger teams) position be available, he will move on.

    So it is a good thing that he groom the younger coaches and set up decent structures at the same time. The only way a young coach will learn is through taking on some responsibility while the old hand is around the corner to assist.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.04.14 10:10:51 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : If the Sharks dont start performing to potential soon Jake may well be around at the tank for a long time still. These Sharks are his living, real time CV.

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.04.14 11:27:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 20) : this makes no sense when you have serious coaching ability in John Mitchell hanging around the Durban backwaters and then punt this clown who is clueless

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.04.14 12:40:46 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 22) : Hey Benji, in a post somewhere else you alluded to someone else being the brains behind the Sharks CC final win and definatly not Brendan Venter – who were you talking about?

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.04.14 13:23:07 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : either the Great White or John Mitchell

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.04.14 16:29:29 by benji Reply
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  • Congrats BMH, look forward to a CC Final in Durban, but then again with most Sharks in Bok setup-who knows?

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.05.14 00:18:45 by Gerhardt Reply


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