Dick Muir set to join Sharks coaching staff
Durban - The Sharks are expected to unveil former Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir as the new member of the Durban franchise’s coaching staff for the upcoming season on Friday.
The Sharks are set to gather for their 2018 Super Rugby pre-season on Monday at their base in Durban where Muir will meet the players for the first time.
The return of Muir to the outfit he coached for two years and helped to the Super Rugby final 10 years ago has been a hot topic of speculation for the past four months.
However, this time around the 52-year-old is said to have been brought back to join head coach and former Sharks team-mate Robert du Preez as an assistant.
Though the Sharks communications manager Novashni Chetty was reluctant to comment on the matter, she did reveal that the KwaZulu-Natal side are scheduled to make an announcement about their technical team for the new season soon.
“The team will meet on Monday for the pre-season as we start to get ready for next year and we are going to reveal our coaching personnel to the public at least tomorrow (today),” said Chetty.
The return of Muir to the Sharks has been described as the best thing for a team trying to bring back their glory days.
But that also means some of the technical staff members from the past season will have to make way for the former Lions coach.
The rumour has it that the current assistant coaches Ryan Strudwick and Sean Everitt will be relieved of their senior team duties and face a possibility of being redeployed by the union.
In the season just past, the Durbanites came close to ending their trophy drought when they were beaten by Western Province in the Currie Cup final. Their Super Rugby campaign ended in the quarter-finals, losing to the Lions away from home.
The Sharks will kick off their Super Rugby campaign against the competition runners-up, the Lions, in Johannesburg on February 17.
The side will play some friendly matches in preparation for their mission, a perfect chance to give their new signings a run with their new team-mates, although they could only confirm one for now.
“I can confirm that we are going to play against the Blue Bulls on January 27 in Polokwane,” said Chetty.
The Sharks have made a few good off-season signings, players such as Makazole Mapimpi from Cheetahs, Leolin Zas and Robert du Preez junior both from Western Province.