Plumtree to take a break

2012-08-07 16:30

Johannesburg - John Plumtree is to take an indefinite break from rugby during the forthcoming Currie Cup, the Sharks coach announced on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old did not specify the length of the rest period or exactly when it will happen, although he did confirm he will be at the helm for the start of their campaign, which begins against Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.

Assistant coaches Grant Bashford and Hugh Reece-Edwards will take charge of playing affairs during his absence and will be aided by commercial manager Rudolf Straeuli.

“There’ll be a point in this competition I’ll be taking a break from rugby,” Plumtree said. “It will come in the next couple of weeks.

“Everything will carry on as usual, I will be around, but other senior coaches will take charge of the team.”

The Sharks boss said he needed some time off after the conclusion of their Super Rugby campaign, which ended with a heavy 37-6 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton.

“It is a resting period,” Plumtree explained. “The senior coaches have obviously been coaching here for a long time at a high level, so they will look after the team."

The Sharks arrived back in Durban late on Sunday following a hefty three-week Super Rugby trip, which took in two return trips to Australasia and a visit to Cape Town sandwiched in between.

It all ended in heartbreak, though, after a one-sided final in New Zealand and Plumtree said: “We’re obviously disappointed, but I was also very proud of the team.

“There’s a lot to look forward to in the future with these players.

We’re just going to look forward to this Currie Cup now. It was a fairly emotional time for all of us, but it’s in the past now.”

The Sharks have to quickly pick up the pieces and prepare for the start of their domestic campaign, which kicks off with a clash against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday. It will be almost an entirely different team for that clash following Springbok call-ups and injuries.

Ten Sharks were called up for national duty in the Rugby Championship, although winger JP Pietersen has since withdrawn due to injury.

Another Bok Ryan Kankowski has left the union, along with France international Frederic Michalak.

Looking ahead to the Currie Cup, he added: “We have a proud tradition in the competition reaching three of the last four finals."


  • blou.johnny - 2012-08-07 16:03

    ....maybe cupless Alister Coetzee also need a break....

      hannes.boshoff.92 - 2012-08-07 16:13

      with you....i am a province fan,,,but holly the team have gone from flair to zero under these guys..

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-08-07 16:13

      @blou.johnny - probably not - the BBRU will probably buy him aswell, because the BBRU cant harvest their own talent, they havent produced anything decent on the field in the last 2 seasons and yet all their supporters remain cocky... Just food for thought...the Bulls never won the SR title, it was the WP B Team since you buy all our players and coaches... WP Groete

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-07 16:20

      I guess this is Good News for the Stompers...Maybe they can succeed in the CC now...

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-07 16:23

      ...the Bulls buy young talent and make them Boks.... .....the Stormers buy has-been pensioners and then watch them choke... ...11 years....

      bfvillet - 2012-08-07 16:40

      charlie does that mean the bulls are going to be useless this year

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-07 16:52

      Carlos Spencer... will he come in and help... :-)

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-07 16:53

      Villet don't know will have to see what the Boks can do in this coming Championship...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-07 17:50

      Ol' Schalkie has no answer.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-07 18:19

      Plum never hit enough rucks back in the day and now his players don't hit enough rucks, time to hit KFC!

  • chris.gill.9849 - 2012-08-07 16:26

    Are you kidding me?? Straeuli and Reece-Edwards coaching the Sharks?? These were 2 of the biggest coaching disasters to ever hit SA rugby. If we're losing Plumtree at least bring in a decent replacement.

      simon.whittaker.923 - 2012-08-07 16:49

      I heard John Mitchell is available?

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-07 16:49

      Wouldn't it be nice to see Jake back in SA?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-07 16:54

      Interesting to say that, considering BOTH Straeuli and HRE are involved in the Sharks, from Senior to U21 age levels and their return has been pretty decent. Considering Straeuli heads up recruitment I'd say he's done a sterling job... but then, if you don't know what you are talking about, perhaps your comment makes sense.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-07 18:28

      Simon by John you mean Nick and by Mitchell you mean Mallet right? And Gavin, It's spelt Nick not Jake

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-08-07 17:09

    Go to japan ol plum john mitchell come to durban please

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-07 18:07

      Why, so he can have the same kind off success he had with the Western Force and the Lions? I'd love to see Stefan Terblanche in a coaching role. I think he'd be brilliant.

      LeonTheShark - 2012-08-07 18:49

      To make money in japan dude skin mitchell won the cc against ol plum

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-07 18:56

      Go to Japan, best insult to any player or coach ever

  • cavin.snyman - 2012-08-07 19:19

    John Smit must coach the Sharks!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-07 21:59

      He's too fat and his ego won't fit

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-08 07:52

      Don't agree with the ego part, but also doubt that he'd make a good coach.

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-08-08 08:13

    Going to have to be focussed from the start and play all games as they did the last few Super round robin games as well ,as the semi and we will moider them

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-08-08 08:33

    Het julle geweet dat die huidige kampioen spanne van al die top kompetissies in die wereld deur NZ afrigters afgerig word. Van CC , 3 Nasies, 6 Nasies Wered beker....ens

  • piet.poggenpoel.923 - 2012-08-08 08:47

    Blou Johnny se Comments is soos sy Rugby kennis Useless. lees al 'n maand die ou se comments. En dis als dieselfde. 11 Years & Counting en "...the Bulls buy young talent and make them Boks.... .....the Stormers buy has-been pensioners and then watch them choke... ...11 years.... " moet darm maar eensaam wees om net sleg te kan praat van ander spanne...

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