Cape Town - He’s been involved in the Sharks setup for a while now, but
it is his work in the junior structures that have made Ryan Strudwick the
perfect addition to the Sharks’ coaching team for the upcoming Currie Cup
Strudwick has been involved with the Sharks at U19 and U21
level and he also served as Director of Rugby at Maritzburg College, but he now
steps into the role of forwards coach for the new domestic season after the
departure of Brad-Macleod Henderson. It may be a step up, but Strudwick
believes his history of coaching at a youth development level stands him in
good stead to work with the seniors.
"I was enjoying my role here heading up the juniors," said
"There are a great bunch of juniors coming through and this
was an opportunity one can’t turn down. I’ve been involved in the setup on and
off for seven to eight years. It’s an opportunity you take with both hands and
give it a full go.
"For me, there’s not much difference between working with
juniors or seniors. I’ve worked with most of the guys in the Currie Cup squad
"There are a couple of new guys who I haven’t dealt with
before, but that’s an opportunity to see how they have developed from U19s all
the way through."
Strudwick hoped that his familiarity with the players in the
squad would lead to a good working relationship with them.
"They’re used to the way I coach. They responded nicely to
me before and hopefully they carry on with the same kind of mind-set," said
"It’s an opportunity to develop them even further and get
them to higher honours."
The new Currie Cup season starts on August 8.