Cape Town - The Boland Cavaliers have received another setback with head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg announcing his resignation.
This comes after Boland’s director of rugby, Alan Zondagh, quit last week, citing political interference from the union’s board as a reason for his departure.
Janse van Rensburg, who was appointed by Boland in January of this year, announced his decision on Monday.
“I am thankful for the opportunity afforded to me to be able to contribute to Boland Rugby and feel the team is in a better place than it was in January this year,” Janse van Rensburg said via a statement released on Rugby15.co.za.
“I am incredibly proud of this group of players, the efforts they gave and also very thankful to our management team for their time invested into the team. It has been a memorable year that has certainly contributed towards my growth and I wish everyone involved with Boland Rugby the best”.
According to Ivan Pekeur, president of the Boland Rugby Union, Janse van Rensburg’s decision is a huge loss for Boland Rugby.
“He (Janse van Rensburg) is one of the best young coaches in the country and he is destined to coach the national team one day. His decision to retire as Boland Cavaliers head coach is one that will definitely be felt by everyone who have worked with him this year. He contributed to one of Boland Rugby’s most successful seasons, especially in light of the professional team’s poor performances in recent seasons”.
According to Pekeur, Boland Rugby’s board of directors are already discussing possible successors for Janse van Rensburg.
“We will definitely be considering candidates who can build on the extremely high standards that have been put in place by Janse van Rensburg.
“On behalf of the Boland Rugby Union, I would like to wish Brent and his wife all the best with their future plans. Boland Rugby’s doors will always be open for him to assist with his knowledge and inputs in order for Boland Rugby to reach even greater heights in the seasons to come.”
Boland reached their goal of qualifying for this year’s Currie Cup Premier Division, where they finished seventh after winning two of eight matches.