Naas joins Waterkloof staff

2011-10-25 10:12

Pretoria - Former Springbok flyhalf legend Naas Botha will join Hoërskool Waterkloof’s coaching staff for 2012.

Botha told members of the press that he will be coaching the first team of Hoërskool Waterkloof and also assist with the other teams.

Botha said it was not a financial decision, but rather a "look at the bigger picture". That "bigger picture" was to return to the Blue Bulls as coach one day, but first "I’ve got to crawl before I can walk", he added.

"My decision to join schools rugby was a rugby decision, I have long-term plans in coaching", he said.

Botha, who has been a rugby analyst for SuperSport for 18 years, acknowledged that it won’t be easy but said he will take one step at a time.

Botha also revealed that several clubs had asked him to join them, but he felt that it was better to start at school level.

Botha will continue with his job at SuperSport.

Klofies had a great team this year winning three trophies, namely the NuPower Tuks, City Cup and the Beeld trophy.

Waterkloof also had 14 players in the Craven Week side.


  • Robs - 2011-10-25 10:50

    Now why did he take the job away from a winning coach. I would say that he should have taken one of the other weaker schools and build that one up. Should Waterkloof do bad next year Naas will be blamed. One question: Is there a coaching acadamy in South Africa or do you just do your own thing.

      CapeChappy - 2011-10-25 20:02

      Yes there are coaching clinics and exams administered buy the IRB. Good point you make, he could have made a name for himself by bringing a lesser known school to top level. He is taking a risk taking over a winning team, but he will do ok, he's one of our top rugby minds.

      Francois - 2011-10-25 23:01

      I am sure Naas did not drive to Waterkloof and said: "I am going to be your coach" and then the headmaster of Waterkloof called in the incumbent coach and said:"You are fired" - thus Robs, I do see your point, but fail to see how you derived it. Then to the rest of the provincial teams out there: Watch out, a Blue Bull Golden Era of note is coming and this one will make the Matfield era seem like an intervarsity win of Ikeys over Maties. Naas, probably has more rugby in his left foot than the whole of WP's coaching staff has in their combined bodies. Even if you add Ricky as coach, Naas's left boot will still win. In the words of Jim Morrison: "Wake up - the ceremony is about to begin."

  • Jaco - 2011-10-25 10:54

    Excellent! All the best.

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  • Wesley - 2011-10-25 11:28

    Should of done this awhile ago! All the best to you Naasie...

  • Lionel - 2011-10-25 11:53

    Guess who wants to coach the Boks one day............

  • Ockie - 2011-10-25 11:58

    I like the way Naas thinks ... crawl first before walking. A lot of coaches nowadays in SA immediately start coaching, after their rugby career, on provincial level and what they do not realise is that a good player will not necesarily be a good coach. Just maybe that is the problem with SA Rugby.

  • francie.potgieter - 2011-10-25 12:05

    Naas you can join the Bulls now immediate as coach and yes for springbok coach.

  • Kurt - 2011-10-25 12:05

    Finally Naas can Stop talking and eventually have the balls to coach a team and get flack for it...

  • Andrew - 2011-10-25 13:15

    who cares!?

  • Vickers - 2011-10-25 16:44

    And the boys from Monnas will teach him a lesson not easily forgotten

  • davebell77 - 2011-10-25 21:54

    Finally some news worth reading SA is so full of doom and gloom that moving to England seems to have made sense. Go Naas......... skop hulle

  • henk.scheepers1 - 2011-10-26 04:40

    Why don't you start at a school at the botton of the log....this is already a winning side Naas....what would you lean from that....ploughing with somebody's elses oxen.....?

  • markwmilligan - 2011-10-26 04:47

    good decision Naas.

  • Christine - 2011-10-26 08:06

    Sorry, Naas, but why don't you go back to our old high school and start teaching and promoting rugby there. That would be the classy thing to do, isn't it. But, hey, that's just me. My daughter (yes, daughter!) is coaching rugby (Boys U/16!) at her old high school - to give something back, and the guys love her - she is going on to the next year with her team, and the other guys are jealous as hell. Why? Because she brings her passion for sport, discipline and LOYALTY to her alma mater, and is in it for the love of the game not the love of money! So how about being a Woerie again, Nasie? Or are you too "good" for them? Maybe they're not good enough for you!

  • dawiej - 2011-10-26 08:42

    With Naas at the helm of couching, all the other teams dont have to worry, he wont be coaching how to tackle, he might know a lot abput analising, but he sure knows nothjing about tackling. he never could figure that out on his own, even with coaching. Remember the days him playing on a mud soaked pitch and being the only one being able to save his shorts for the next game, because they were still clean .....

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