Dobson named WP Currie Cup coach
Cape Town - John Dobson will take over from Allister Coetzee as Western Province Currie Cup coach later this year.
This follows the announcement that Coetzee will leave the union
to coach the Kobelco Steelers in Japan.
Coetzee’s final release date has not been confirmed as yet (he will
at least see out the 2015 Super Rugby season), but Director of Rugby Gert Smal announced that there will be a change in the management group of the
Western Province Currie Cup team.
Senior forwards coach Matt
Proudfoot and senior backline coach Robbie Fleck, Coetzee’s long-time
assistant coaches, will continue in their respective roles with the
Stormers at Super Rugby level but Smal will be utilising them elsewhere
during the 2015 Currie Cup season.
Proudfoot will head up a brand
new project at WP Rugby, the self-explained ‘Tight Five Factory’, whilst
Fleck will become the Western Province Under-21 head coach in the
second half of the season - all aimed at player development and,
importantly, keeping the senior professional coaches fresh and allowing
them to develop their own skills too in a different coaching
Dobson (head coach) and Dawie Snyman (assistant
coach - backline) will, in turn, be promoted to Currie Cup level after
five successful seasons in charge of both the WP Under-21 and Vodacom
Cup sides, all of which falls in line with Smal’s vision to empower all
the professional coaches at the union.
Smal explained: “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.
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
“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 Super Rugby
season without any off-field distractions and concentrate on the job at
It remains unsure who will coach the Stormers in next year's Super Rugby competition, but reports have linked former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones to the role.