Boks' Gold signs for Falcons

2012-01-12 13:05

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town - Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold has been appointed director of rugby for the rest of the season at English Premiership club Newcastle Falcons.

The announcement was made on Thursday, after incumbent Alan Tait opted to take a break from rugby.

Gold has been a key sidekick of Peter de Villiers - almost certainly the outgoing Bok senior coach - during his tenure, heading up the forwards’ duty.

The Bok pack generally performed well at the recent World Cup in New Zealand, although the Boks were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Australia.

Whether the move to currently battling Newcastle affects his future on our shores remains to be seen, although much will probably depend on who succeeds De Villiers as national coach.

Gold has prior experience of English rugby as head coach of London Irish several years ago; it is where he also cut his coaching teeth some 11 years ago.

He has since also been technical director at the Stormers.

The website quoted Gold as saying: “This is an exciting challenge and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in the Aviva Premiership.

“Newcastle Falcons is a big club with big ambitions and an owner who is very determined so anything is possible.”


  • Chris - 2012-01-12 13:16

    Poor Newcastle - I hope he is wrapped in a box with a bow - maybe Muir will assist him - De Villiers can be the PRO for the club

      Rory Litchfield - 2012-01-12 13:30

      Chris, do you know anything about rugby?

      Piet - 2012-01-12 13:49

      I think he does!!! Cheers Gold

  • Arthur - 2012-01-12 14:22

    Hey Hey Gary, good on you...enjoy your stay there and help them back to winning ways It was a pleasure to be in your company at the recent Legends Golf Day at Mowbray...a good golfer, with wonderful manners and etiquette How a man plays his golf is how he conducts his life...Gary Gold is a "GOOD GUY"

      eric.viljoen - 2012-01-12 15:49

      @Blue he was good with his sticks and balls

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-01-12 14:38

    poor falcons

  • jacques.kies - 2012-01-12 15:41

    WP management has to go before any cups are to come our way!!

  • Topsy - 2012-01-12 15:57

    for a second there i thought he signed for our local falcons as a player hahaha - bad headline!

  • Anton - 2012-01-12 16:19

    Good luck Gary, don't listen to these trolls,they are partnerless pimple faces.

  • Daniel - 2012-01-12 17:19

    Dont worry about some of these muppets Gary, they dont know you and all the behind the scenes challenges you face here in SA to try and get the best. I bet these muppets dont know much about much and especially not about rugby always. Few years ago I was denied a position as video-analyst for Gary by WP rugby coz I was white and to young, that was the least of Gary's problems because of politics. Gary is a great rugby mind, just have not had the freedom yet. As for going to the Falcons, quite scary as they are down in the dumps at moment...lets hope he can pull it off

  • George - 2012-01-12 19:48

    Bad news for Newcastle. Gold does not cut it and Newcastle will suffer as a result. I don`t rate Gold at all.

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