Ex-Blitzbok star added to Kings coaching staff
Cape Town - The Southern Kings’ coaching staff has been
bolstered with the announcements of Vuyo Zangqa and David Williams to assist
head coach Deon Davids in the forthcoming Super Rugby campaign.
Former Springbok lock Barend Pieterse will
remain assistant coach in charge of the forwards, while Zangqa has been
appointed as backline assistant coach and Williams as new general attack and
fundamental skills coach.
Zangqa, who takes over from his former Blitzbok
team-mate Mzwandile Stick, is well-known in South African rugby, having
represented the Springbok Sevens team in 21 tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Series between 2007 and 2009.
Unfortunately Zangqa’s playing career was
prematurely ended in 2009 when he suffered serious facial injuries in a car
accident aged only 27. Apart from Sevens, he also represented the Border
Bulldogs and Leopards in a number of senior provincial campaigns.
Since his retirement, Zangqa has made a
successful move to coaching and has been involved with the Springbok and Kenyan
Sevens teams as assistant coach before turning his attention to the 15-man code
where he was one of the EP Kings’ assistant coaches in the recent Currie Cup
Williams also brings a wealth of experience to
Port Elizabeth, having previously worked as assistant coach with the Kobelco
Steelers in Japan, academy coach at Bath in England, coaching consultant at
SACS in Cape Town, and coaching co-ordinator and academy coach at London Irish
“Vuyo’s experience of coaching at various
levels of the game, and especially his vast knowledge of skills from his days
as sevens player and coach, will come in very handy,” said Davids.
“Similarly David has experienced rugby cultures
at various clubs across the world, so it would be good to get those influences
at the Kings. I’m really looking forward to working with both these gentlemen,
and obviously Barend too.”
Davids recently confirmed a number of exciting
player signings, namely experienced props Schalk van der Merwe, Schalk Ferreira
and Chris Heiberg, outside backs Wandile Mjekevu and Neil Maritz, as well as
Irné Herbst (lock), Wandile Putuma (lock), Garrick Mattheus (flyhalf), Yaw
Penxe (wing) and Sintu Manjezi (flank / lock) will join the squad in Port