Cape Town - Matt Proudfoot, the former assistant coach of the Stormers, Western Province and the Kobe Steelers in Japan, has joined the
Springbok coaching staff, SA Rugby confirmed on Tuesday.
Proudfoot has signed a four year contract with SA Rugby to be an
additional assistant of Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, after his
Japanese club agreed to release him from his contract.
The 44-year-old Proudfoot joins the current Springbok coaching staff,
consisting of head coach Coetzee, Johann van Graan and Mzwandile Stick.
His term with the Springboks starts immediately.
Coetzee, who was last month appointed to succeed Heyneke Meyer as
coach of the national rugby team, welcomed Proudfoot to the Springbok
“I know Matt very well from our coaching stints together in Cape Town
and Japan and has a lot of respect for his ability to build a powerful
pack and his rugby philosophy,” said Coetzee.
“I am confident that he will add a lot of value to our management
staff and the coaches are looking forward to working with him.”
Coetzee explained that Van Graan will be in charge of all team attack
and lineout play, while Proudfoot’s responsibility will be the
Springboks’ scrummaging, breakdown and all aspects related to contact
areas. Pieter de Villiers will continue to be available as scrum
consultant to the national team.
Proudfoot is a former Blue Bulls front ranker and also played
four Tests for Scotland. He first caught the attention as a promising
coach when the NWU-Pukke won the 2008 National Club Championships under
In 2009, he was recruited by current GM: Rugby at SA Rugby, Rassie
Erasmus, to join the Stormers as a scrum consultant, following the
appointment of Gary Gold to the Springbok coaching staff.
He later joined Coetzee as assistant coach at the Stormers and Western Province respectively, where he was responsible for the
Proudfoot said he was excited about the opportunity to join the
Springboks: “The Springboks are at the beginning of a new era under the
coaching guidance of Allister and I am very excited and very grateful
for this opportunity. It is a huge honour to part of the Springbok
coaching staff and I am looking forward this challenge.
“I am very grateful to the Kobe Steelers for allowing me to join the
Springboks. I enjoyed my time with them immensely and I want to wish
them all of the best for the future,” said Proudfoot.
Coetzee, Proudfoot and other members of the Springbok management
staff are currently conducting a series of visits to the local Vodacom
Super Rugby teams in preparation for the announcement of the Springbok
squad who will do duty against Ireland next month.
The Springboks and Ireland will meet in the Incoming
Series, which consists of three Tests, in Cape Town, Johannesburg and
Brief profile of Matt Proudfoot
Between 1996 and 2008, Proudfoot represented the NWU-Pukke and SA
Student teams, as well as the Leopards, Valke and Blue
Bulls in the Currie Cup.
He also played for Vodacom Bulls in Vodacom Super Rugby and
represented Scotland in six matches, including four Test matches,
between 1998 and 2003.
2015-16: Assistant coach (forwards) at the Kobe Steelers in Japan
2009-15: Assistant coach (forwards) at the Stormers
2008-11: Assistant coach (forwards) at Western Province
2008: Head coach of NWU-Pukke (winners of the National Club Championship)