Cape Town - Former Springbok centre
Brendan Venter and Nazeem Adams, head coach of the Western Province Under-19
side, have been appointed as assistant coaches of the South African Under-20
Venter and Adams were selected
after an extensive interview process, which involved SA U20 head coach Dawie
Theron. They started working with Theron and a preliminary squad of almost 50
players at the SA U20 training camp in Stellenbosch today.
Venter amassed 17 Test caps
for the Springboks between June 1994 and October 1999, and he featured in two
Rugby World Cups. He recently returned to South Africa following a successful
coaching stint at UK club Saracens.
Adams, a former scrumhalf in
his playing days, has been part of WP coaching structures for more than a
decade, starting out at the Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week side in 1997. In between,
he coached their U19 and U21 sides, as well as assisting with the Vodacom Cup
and Absa Currie Cup teams at the union.
“Both Brendan and Nazeem have
extensive coaching experience at various levels of the game and it’s fantastic
to have them in our structures,” said Theron.
“Brendan is a household name
in South African rugby and he proved his coaching credentials when he turned
Saracens around in the last few seasons, while Nazeem has a proven track record
at Western Province, where he’s done exceptionally well with their age-group
teams and higher up.
“They bring with them a wealth
of experience and I’m looking forward to seeing their inputs on the field as we
build towards next year’s Junior World Championships here in South Africa.”