Stormers confirm Coetzee’s departure

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 3 Feb 2015 at 12:42
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The DHL Stormers have confirmed that head coach Allister Coetzee will be leaving the union at the end of the Super Rugby season to take up the post at Kobelco Steelers that has been vacated by Gary Gold

Coetzee was evasive about his future on Friday evening pointing out that he has not signed with anyone “not even with WP Rugby” but has now decided to come out and spill the beans saying “I’ve had eight fantastic years at Western Province Rugby and would like to thank my fellow coaches, players, the leadership of WP Rugby and, of course, the supporters here in Cape Town and across the country. My family and I have always been made to feel very welcome in Cape Town, but we have now been presented with a great opportunity and some exciting times await us in a very new and different environment.”

Coetzee has had a relatively successful time in Cape Town winning 2 Absa Currie Cups and 2 Super Rugby Conference titles while also losing out in both a Currie Cup and Super Rugby final.

Western Province DOR Gert Smal said the Union had tried to hold onto Coetzee but understood that he wanted to pursue a new challenge, Smal meanwhile pointed out that there would be changes among the management team with John Dobson and Dawie Snyman taking up the Currie Cup coaching roles while Matt Proudfoot would be heading up a newly established “ Tight 5 factory” and Robbie Fleck would take care of the Under 21’s.

“John Dobson and Dawie Snyman have both impressed me with their vision and, of course, their records speak for themselves – having won three trophies in five seasons and produced countless players who have moved into our Super Rugby and Currie Cup teams (and beyond).
“It was always my intention to give John and Dawie an opportunity at a higher level this season and I am positive that they will reward my faith in them and continue their progression as talented coaches. At the same time, Matt and Fleckie can spread their specialised knowledge from the bottom up – and thereby get a first-hand experience of our young talent within the union – and also develop their coaching in a new environment.
“Over the last few months we have now integrated the likes of Paul Treu, Hanyani Shimange and Rito Hlungwani into our coaching set-ups, plus we are able to use Allister Coetzee, Robbie Fleck and Matt Proudfoot in new, wider roles in the latter half of the season and, of course, (we are) set to give the likes of John and Dawie a deserved opportunity at a higher level.
“It’s an exciting time for all of our coaches, who will continue to be stimulated throughout the year, but with all of this news (and movement) now confirmed we can move into the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season without any off-field distractions and concentrate on the job at hand.”

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  • What about the Eddie Jones rumors? Any truth to that?

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.02.15 12:47:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : As far as I know he has been offered the gig

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.02.15 12:53:33 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Glad to see the Streamers occupying all the news headlines just before the SR kick-off. 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.02.15 12:54:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Pokkel (Comment 1) : That rumour scares. I read Eddie had a meeting with WPRU last week. Hope they don’t agree on terms. Province or any team would be very difficult with Eddie at the helm.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.02.15 12:57:14 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 2) : @GreatSharksays (Comment 4) : would be great for them if they get Eddie but for the Sharks I really hope it’s not true!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.02.15 13:21:21 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : ja but if the next one is “Stormers sign Jones” I will be really worried! !!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.02.15 13:23:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : You telling me!….thankfully it won’t be “bulls sign Eddie Jones”…though Streamers fans are nearly as bad as bulls supporters these days 😐

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.02.15 13:36:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : can’t say never but I really don’t see the Bulls signing his as their idea of rugby a waaaaaaay different from his.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.02.15 13:57:52 by JD Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 4) : I tend to see it slightly differently. New coaching blood (and with it, new innovation) needs to make its way into SA rugby somewhere. If it’s the Stormers that take the plunge then so be it. It will ultimately benefit all of SA rugby. I don’t think the Sharks have much to complain about though. Brendan Venter is helping us out again, so I doubt we’re lagging in terms of quality coaching.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.02.15 14:03:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : ja it’s good for SA but I’d rather have all the really good coaches at the Sharks (and yes I know that’s not possible)!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.02.15 15:29:25 by JD Reply
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  • This is about 3 years too late.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.02.15 16:27:54 by lostfish Reply
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  • What has Eddie Jones been doing for the past 8 years?

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.02.15 16:29:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 12) : coaching all over.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.02.15 17:11:43 by JD Reply
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  • Rats off a sinking ship

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.02.15 17:25:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • As KSA pointed out to me this morning, the problem with signing up Eddie Jones is that WP might just get an unwelcome Jake White as part of the package.

    Now that would be an unmitigated disaster.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.02.15 17:37:26 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Have always admired AC, but perhaps it is time for a change.

    8 years is perhaps as far down this road as one coach should walk. A union with the pedigree of WP should have no problem finding a replacement – who wouldnt want to coach that team?

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.02.15 17:39:16 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @JD (Comment 13) : Anywhere significant? Any significant accomplishments since 2007? Just wondering, haven’t heard much of him since then other than in the odd rumour here and there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.02.15 18:35:58 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • It seems to me that if the point is to bring a fresh perspective to SA and WP Rugby, which I support, Eddie Jones may not be the best candidate, since he is not all that fresh.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.02.15 18:42:05 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I’ll be keeping an eye in all these developments with much interest!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.02.15 19:21:34 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 15) : nope he’s in France………….. well at least for this year. 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.02.15 19:23:41 by JD Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : all I know is that he was in Japan but yes nothing in the headlines.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.02.15 19:25:46 by JD Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 18) : He’s been Japan’s head coach for the past few years….and I think he is currently coaching one of the Japanese teams.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.02.15 19:26:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Its one s15 season too many for average Coetzee

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.02.15 00:09:53 by Saffex Reply

  • @JD (Comment 20) :

    Lol, yup, but for how long?

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.02.15 15:22:26 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 23) :

    Your definition of average is seemingly different to mine.

    When AC took over Stormers had just ended 11th in the S14.
    Since then theyve had finishes of 5th, twice second and once topped the log.

    Admittedly interspersed with some sub-standard results, but thats not really average… not given where the other SA franchises have been finishing.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.02.15 15:47:42 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 24) : like I said at least untill the end of the year. Could start at the Stormers in January.

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.02.15 16:29:01 by JD Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 25) : leave him boet he’s just trolling! !!!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.02.15 16:30:27 by JD Reply
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