Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Monday announced that Professor Pieter Kruger, who holds a PhD in Clinical and Performance Psychology from the North West University, will join the Springboks’ team management as Performance Psychologist for the duration of the 2015 season in a consultancy capacity and in cooperation with the North West University and MyPlayers.
Kruger is currently the Head of the Institute of Psychology & Wellbeing. He has worked with, amongst others, the Leopards Rugby Union, NWU-Pukke, ACT Brumbies, Harlequins Rugby Club in the UK, as well as the Chelsea and Arsenal Football Clubs. Most recently he has been a part of Lions management during their 2014 Super Rugby and Currie Cup campaigns.
“It’s great to have Pieter on board and I know he will make a huge difference for the Springboks,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
“The field of sports psychology has become vital in professional sports and we’re grateful to SARU, North West University and MyPlayers for making it possible for Pieter to join the Springboks.
“Pieter will be attending to both team and individual aspects with a key focus on performance processes. He will work closely with the coaches to optimise team and individual performance under pressure and will use the latest intervention strategies in the field of cognitive behavioural psychology to achieve this.”