In his own words….

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks on 24 Oct 2014 at 13:06
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Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has held his first press conference at Kings Park. Here’s some of what he had to say, courtesy of the Sharks website.

“I was in Japan, where we were in the middle of our season and John Smit called me to say they were going to be looking for an appointment, and that they were wondering what my situation was in Japan. It’s a massive honour and very humbling to be considered and I see it as a really exciting career opportunity; and it’s fantastic to be able to move home where my family is.

“I have learnt a huge amount from each place that I’ve coached. Every experience has been different, and it’s been a massive learning curve. I’ve hopefully been able to bank lessons from every job, and hopefully I’ll be able to impart what I’ve learnt.

“I’ve had a long working relationship with John [Smit], we worked well together at the Boks, and I’m very appreciative to him and the Sharks board for backing me. John has been a leader for a long time and he’s respected across the board. Sharks Rugby is in his blood, he’s ambitious, honest and you know where you stand with him.

“What is absolutely critical is for the players to be happy, I want them to enjoy coming to work, and enjoy their rugby. Hopefully I can add value both on and off the field. I know it’s not going to be easy, I will make mistakes, and there will be lots of scrutiny, but I’ve learnt a lot from my years as a coach, and I’m willing to work relentlessly because I see massive potential here.”

Speaking to the Sharks Magazine, Gold added, “There’s some outstanding talent here and, to watch some of the youngsters come through has been exciting. I am very privileged coming in and working with a group of players like this.

“We want to get the players to enjoy their rugby; then the good players will come to the fore. I have a philosophy of how I see the game going, in terms of us being successful. And, attack will be a real area of focus for us. And, we have the players to do it. You have to figure out a way of scoring tries. It’s just about striking the right balance with the players…”


  • He’s saying the right things.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.10.14 13:56:18 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : Let’s see if he walks the talk.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.10.14 13:58:41 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • I am glad he at least mentions the need to score tries. So hopefully we will see the Sharks playing rugby in S15 again, and not dryfings. Anyway plenty of hard work ahead for the Sharks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.10.14 14:00:57 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I don’t know Gary Gold well enough to attempt to provide any form of opinion here, but my hope for the Sharks is that after all these ongoing changes over the last couple of seasons, there will be some much needed continuity going forward, for a while at least anyway.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.10.14 14:12:30 by stevovo Reply
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  • Glad to hear he talls about getting the players to enjoy playing rugby! !!! Good luck.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.10.14 14:46:31 by JD Reply
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  • You had me at “attack will be a real area of focus for us” Gary.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.10.14 15:01:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : I will just be happy if he can eliminate the “not sure what to do next – so let met just hoof the ball somewhere down field” mentality from the players.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.10.14 15:11:52 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I do know that I used to enjoy his analysis of games that he made available on his website as well as those he use to have in the SA Rugby mag a couple of years ago. All I want from my team is a pack that dominates again, and a backline that knows how to attack the space, not so much to ask, is it?

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.10.14 15:14:36 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Just love this comment …….Hopefully I can add value both on and off the field. I know it’s not going to be easy, I will make mistakes, and there will be lots of scrutiny, but I’ve learnt a lot from my years as a coach, and I’m willing to work relentlessly because I see massive potential here.”

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.10.14 15:15:48 by DaveB Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : Wouldn’t we all. Hopefully no more “wide-eyed stupid” as my favourite author would put it.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.10.14 15:16:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • How did his stint at Bath go??

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.10.14 15:44:55 by Chippa Reply

  • From wikipidia:

    Gary Gold (born 6 July 1967)[1] is a professional Rugby Union coach currently employed as Head Coach of Kobelco Steelers.

    Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa Gold attended Wynberg Boys’ High School.

    Gold joined London Irish in July 2001 as Forwards Coach under Brendan Venter.[2] At the end of the 02/03 season Venter decided to return to South Africa and Gold took over the Head Coach position which he held until June 2005. As Head Coach Gold led Irish to finishes of 8th and 10th position (of 12 teams) in what was then known as the Zurich Premiership. At the end of the 04/05 season Gold was offered a chance to return to his native Cape Town, London Irish agreed to release him from his contract and he returned to South Africa to take up the role of Forwards Coach[3] at Western Province (rugby team).

    After two seasons as Forwards Coach Gold took on the role of Head Coach at Western Province in July 2007 after Kobus Van Der Merwe and Jerome Paarwater resigned from their positions as Head Coach and Assistant Head Coach respectively.[4]

    In May 2008 Gold was appointed by Peter de Villiers as an Assistant Coach of the Springboks. He would hold this position during the British and Irish Lions 2009 tour of South Africa and the 2011 Rugby World Cup in which the Springboks were knocked out in the quarter finals after a controversial 11-9 defeat to Australia.[5]

    In January 2012 with Newcastle Falcons nine points adrift in the relegation zone of the Aviva Premiership they announced that Gold and Mike Ford (rugby) would join the club. Gold was made Head Coach and Ford Defence Coach. By the end of the season Newcastle had all but closed the points gap on London Wasps and ended up being relegated by one point.

    In May 2012 Bath Rugby appointed Gold as Head Coach of a coaching team that includes Ford, Brad Davis, Toby Booth and Neil Hatley.[6] However, after a lacklustre season, Gold was elevated to Director of Rugby, with Ford becoming Head Coach.

    Despite Bath Rugby’s best start to a season for many years, on 9 December 2013 Gold was shown the door by Bruce Craig,[7] a move that has baffled and angered fans, especially as it seems England Rugby League Coach Steve McNamara may join the club ad backs and skills in yet another perplexing move by the management.

    In 2014, Gold was named head coach of Japanese club Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.[8]

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.10.14 15:52:20 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Just read an article on news 24, Gary speaking about improving our attack and getting the players to understand how to score tries. Seems like I’m already warming up to Gold. I think he’ll be good for us.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.10.14 16:51:25 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @DaveB (Comment 9) :

    Yes at least he starting with honesty upfront! He’s humble too!

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.10.14 17:20:38 by [email protected] Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : I don’t remember saying that…

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.10.14 18:29:55 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : Very likely but instead of going for the low-hanging joke about aging, I’ll rather state that in your defence, you say a lot of things.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.10.14 23:33:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Welcome to the Tank, Mr. Gold!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.10.14 06:15:10 by catfish Reply
  • Yeh looks sounds great but unfortunately talk is cheap…and until there are actual plans laid and work done this all means very little. Yes this may seem pessimistic but i believe we heard a lot of JW and co and well ya we know how that turned out. Any half decent coach can tell u about attacking rugby and making players happy and blah blah..but till then get their hands dirty and start producing it doesnt mean much. So ill be waiting to see what he can produce and judge him on that rather than some words from a press conference

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.10.14 09:33:00 by SheldonK Reply


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