Smith named Cheetahs Super Rugby coach

    2015-05-08 11:50

    Bloemfontein - Franco Smith has officially been named Cheetahs Super Rugby coach from the 2016 season.

    This comes after the news broke on Friday that Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske had quit coaching.

    Smith was earlier also appointed as the Free State Cheetahs’ Currie Cup coach.

    Smith’s operations for the 2016 Super Rugby tournament will start on November 1 this year.  He is appointed for a four-year term.

    Smith will also be a member of Free State Rugby‘s Coaching and Rugby Committees and will have the privilege to appoint his assistant coaches and team management for the different competitions. 

    He is already an experienced coach and was part of the Cheetahs coaching and management team who won the Currie Cup in 2005 and 2006.

    Smith boasts experience as a European coach with Treviso in Italy where he coached the team to three consecutive Italian championship victories and qualifying and participating in the Heineken Cup (European Champions Cup) competition. 

    Smith also led Shimlas to their first ever Varsity Cup championship in 2015. 

    Smith is a son of the Free State who made his mark as a player when he represented South Africa in 18 matches and nine Test matches.  He further represented Free State, Griquas, Blue Bulls and Pumas in the Currie Cup and also the Bulls at Super Rugby level.

    “We wish Franco Smith the best of luck with his new role and look forward to a new era in Cheetah Rugby with Franco and his coaching team for the next four years,” said Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd.

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