Defence guru extends WP stay

2012-08-20 16:13

Cape Town - Renowned defence guru Jacques Nienaber has signed a three-year deal with Western Province Rugby, which will keep him in Cape Town until 2016.

Regarded as the best defensive coach in rugby union, with the statistics at Super Rugby and Currie Cup level to back those claims up, Nienaber is a key member of the coaching staff in Cape Town.

"I believe in what Allister and the team are trying to achieve here," said Nienaber. "We're not the finished product, by any means, but we're working hard here (to get there). I believe in Allister and the top-notch players we have at our disposal and I have no doubt we will get there."

Nienaber has been in great demand in rugby circles in recent months, with the Bulls making him an offer to join their set-up in Pretoria, and he admitted: "It's easy to get stale perhaps and it's tough to keep the players listening and perfecting themselves at training after so many years in the same job.

"But the great thing for me is that two thirds of the team (from the Super Rugby season) is still so young, many of whom are in fact still eligible for the Under-21 team. They can only get better as we work together more."

Stormers and Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee lauded Nienaber's impact on his teams.

"Jacques' results speak for themselves," said Coetzee, "but his work here goes way beyond what we see out there on the field on game-day.

"He's a key member of our coaching staff and I'm delighted that he's pledged his future to WP Rugby."

Thirty-nine-year-old Nienaber was born in Kimberley. He joined Western Province from the Free State Cheetahs in 2007.


  • pieter.thefuture - 2012-08-20 16:21

    This is good news, glad the Bulls did not get their hands on him. WP has a great future with him here.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-20 16:47

      He is so good that he prevented the attack guru from entering Newlands . . . .

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-20 17:14

      @press.enter.12 - Pity he couldn't prevent those voices from entering your head...

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-20 17:50

      Press enter...2nd best quote of the day

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-20 18:15

      Yeah isak...enjoy scoring no more than 3 tries in a game until 2016....and no trophies to boot

      Stormkaap - 2012-08-20 18:48

      And Pieter the Bulls must be so miffed, no coach to teach Spies to tackle! Life in the Cape must be good(SSS). Why wanna spend time elsewhere. Who knows he may just be the Next coach for WP !

  • gert.malan.54 - 2012-08-20 16:26

    Good on WP to finally couch up the cash and keen an asset from leaving. I just hope that my Bulls can find a replacement for McFarland fast!

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-20 18:17

      Asset? Sure, great trophy.

  • TravieGrif - 2012-08-20 16:28

    There is no argument that this lad is doing a good job. I wonder how Robbie Fleck keeps his job, as there is one part of the Stormers that hasn't been up to scratch at that has been backline attack, and that is Fleckie's area of responsibility. You guys could/should do so much better with the players you have!

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-20 16:28

    "I believe in what Allister and the team are trying to achieve here," Translated it means the Bulls did not offer me enough!

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-20 17:48

      Translated means "I like losing"

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-20 18:18

      They did, he is going to help the Boks part time. That was the deal if he stayed in bokberg country. Read the news if you can, just once in a while.

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-08-20 16:29

    Please dont tell Isak, he'll think they have allready won the CC!!!

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-08-20 17:20

      Do you have a thing for Isak? So far you've made a comment about Isak on every article today.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-20 17:41

      Do you have a thing for dave? You read every one of his posts today

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-20 17:57


      lablue.phoenix - 2012-08-21 08:27

      Vreemd, blou.bulle, ek woon ook al die jare in Stellenbosch, kom dit nie agter nie. Sal vir jou 'n bier koop in Bohemia as die Bulle die Currie Cup wen.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-21 11:51

      Ek hoef nie eers Lablue te antwoord nie, Blou.bulle het alles gese!!! En ek sal Isak se lewe bly versuur tot dat hy gtoot word, die ou SUURGAT!!!

  • jacques.russouw.9 - 2012-08-20 17:52

    "Jacques results speak for themselves", what can you say about yourself Allister? Just like Mugabe, only one in the country that thinks he is on the right path.

  • johann.posthumus.7 - 2012-08-20 18:06

    Ek haal my hoed af vir jou Jacques!! En dit nie net omdat ek jou buurman ken nie, vir dit wat julle al vir WP gedoen het en vir dit wat julle nog graag wil bereik!!!! Julle ROCK Ouens!!

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-20 18:20

      Rock on! No cups in 11 years. Yeah, man, rock on another 11 years!

      Stormkaap - 2012-08-20 18:51

      Azurite do suffer from some disease or other that stops your brain from being able to type/think differently. Your cows are going to lose against the Sharks this weekend and you also havent won shyte for two years now and counting.

      pieter.vanniekerk.188 - 2012-08-20 19:06

      Azurite, word 'n slag groot!

  • bfvillet - 2012-08-20 19:51

    awesome vote of confidence province looked good on saterday hope to see more from Brache in CC.

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-08-22 08:33

    baie goeie nuus!! WP jou lekker ding!!! jammer bloubulle moenie huil nie, oor 10 jaar sal julle moontlik weer future

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