Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has been offered the Italian head coach position after the 2019 World Cup.
That was confirmed by the Cheetahs on Saturday following their 38-13 win over the Dragons in the PRO14 in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
"The Management of the Free
State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd is aware of the offer made to the Franco Smith, Head
Coach of the Toyota Cheetahs, to coach the Italian National side as from 1
January 2020," the franchise said in a statement.
"The situation will be handled
at the highest level with the Board of Directors of the Free State Cheetahs
"Management wish to assure
stakeholders, suite holders and supporters that the coaching structures will be
properly structured to ensure success.
"Management of the Free State
Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd will swiftly deal with the situation and the Board of
Directors will see to it that the Cheetah teams perform at the highest levels
in all the competitions that they participate in."