Johannesburg - SA Rugby has assembled a vastly experienced
team management to assist new Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee with the
core duties in preparing the team for the next four years.
Former Springbok Sevens captain Mzwandile Stick will join
Johann van Graan as assistant coach, with Ian Schwartz carrying on as team
Van Graan is retained in his role as assistant, while Stick
joins the coaching staff after a stellar playing career with the Springbok
Sevens, where he was the captain and also a member of the team that won the
World Series title in the 2008/09 season. Last year, Stick coached Eastern
Province to the Provincial Under-19 title.
The Springboks’ strength and conditioning will fall under Dr
Warren Adams, while the medical team will consist of Dr Jerome Mampane and
physiotherapists Vivian Verwant and Tanu Pillay.
The experienced Verwant, who has been part of the Springbok
management since 2007, is retained in his position and he will be joined by
Pillay, who has done duty with the Springbok Women’s and the Sevens Women’s
teams for a number of years.
Adams and Mampane join the Springboks after performing
similar roles for the Junior Springboks the past three years.
Three experienced members complete the backroom staff in JJ
Fredericks (logistics), Rayaan Adriaanse (media) and Annelee Murray (PR), all
of whom bring with them many years of experience in their respective fields at
“These are people who are not only dedicated and passionate,
but vastly experienced,” said Coetzee.
“Johann, Ian, Vivian, JJ, Rayaan and Annelee have all been
involved with the Springboks before and bring with them a wealth of experience,
while Warren, Jerome and Tanu have all worked with other national teams before.
“By involving experienced people, and combined with the
stellar work done already by the Rugby Department in planning for the season,
we’ll hit the ground running when we first assemble.”
SA Rugby also confirmed that Coetzee will be able to call on
the assistance of consultants when the need arises during his tenure.
The Southern Kings’ Dr Conrad von Hagen, will fill in as
team doctor during the June series against Ireland, while Mampane is with the
Junior Springboks at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester.
Mampane will join the Springboks in time for the Castle Lager Rugby
Springbok team management is:
Head coach: Allister Coetzee
Assistant coach (backline): Mzwandile Stick
Assistant coach (forwards): Johann van Graan
Team manager: Ian Schwartz
Team doctor: Dr Jerome Mampane / Dr Conrad von Hagen
Strength and Conditioning coach: Dr Warren Adams
Physiotherapist: Vivian Verwant
Physiotherapist: Tanu Pillay
Logistics manager: JJ Fredericks
Media manager: Rayaan Adriaanse
PR manager: Annelee Murray