Johannesburg - The Golden Lions Rugby Union have released former NMMU Madibaz coach, Brent Janse van Rensburg from his current contract with the Lions following personal reasons.
"Brent approached us and asked us if he could be released from his contract for personal reasons, and he wished to return to Nelson Mandela Bay," said Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Golden Lions.
Straeuli said he wished Janse van Rensburg all the best for his future.
EP Kings CEO, Charl Crous said following the abrupt departure of former defence coach, Omar Mouneimne, the Kings had been hard pressed to find a suitable replacement for him.
"When we heard that Brent was returning to Nelson Mandela Bay, we approached him to consider taking up the position of Head of Defence," said Crous.
"Brent is a top calibre coach, having earned his stripes in the school system and at the NMMU Madibaz, and we are confident that he will play a significant role in our preparations going forward," said Crous.
Crous said he was sure that Janse van Rensburg would fit into the existing structures quite seamlessly, having already had a close working relationship with the Kings during his tenure as coach of the NMMU Madibaz Varsity Cup side.
"We are also extremely thankful to the Lions who have, in good faith, released Brent to take up this opportunity with us," he said.
Janse van Rensburg started his rugby coaching career with the South African Rugby Institute, before moving through the school ranks until he was hired as the Head of Rugby at Queens College, later becoming the school's professional rugby coach.
His work at the school got him noticed by Border rugby and Janse van Rensburg spent two years with the union before taking on both the role of Technical Director and Head Coach at Alan Zondagh’s Rugby Performance Centre.
In 2011, Janse van Rensburg took over as head coach at NMMU and built the team into a competitive unit that worked closely with the Kings Academy and EP Kings professional structures.
He then went on to take the position of Head Coach for Grey High School last year, before recently taking up a coaching position at the Lions.