Venter relishes Baby Bok role

2011-11-30 07:54

Cape Town - Newly appointed assistant coach of the South African Under-20 side, Brendan Venter, says his new role fits perfectly into his busy schedule.

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The former Saracens coach is also a medical doctor and owns a practice in Strand, near Cape Town. And with the Mother City set to host the IRB Junior World Championships next year, it will enable Venter to coach the team and also spend time at his medical practice.

Venter and Nazeem Adams, head coach of the Western Province Under-19 side, were appointed as Dawie Theron's assistants at the Junior Springboks on Monday.

"When Dawie (Theron) approached me for the job as assistant coach, I knew it was something I would consider, particularly because it isn't full-time.

"I enjoy being a doctor as well as a coach and wouldn't be able to choose one above the other," Venter told the Volksblad newspaper.

Venter will help with the Junior Boks' backline as well as with the defensive structures and the kicking.

However, he believes it will be a team effort from himself, Adams and Theron.

"Nowadays coaching teams do everything together. Thus, there's no one specific job for one specific individual. Everyone helps each other and it's more about sitting together and coming up with ideas," said the former Springbok centre.


  • Dhirshan - 2011-11-30 08:09

    off the topic but what a disaster year for sa sport : cwc, rwc, tri-nations, draw with india in tests, super 15, csa finances, bafana and afcon , inept safa. please make us forget . . .

  • Grant - 2011-11-30 08:34

    Brendan should be in the running for Head Coach....he has performed miracles at Saracens and Boks could do with a no nonsense type approach coach...

      koos.kroep - 2011-11-30 10:40

      One of the reasons he performed miracles with Saracens is because they were financially backed by the Ruperts and could buy that they wanted from other European teams. Coaching a side with political benchmarks are just a career killing move if you want to continue coaching for the rest of your life.

  • Mark - 2011-11-30 08:57

    I hope Brendan improves his communication skills for future post match interviews :) see YouTube "Brendan Venter Post Match Interview Saracens vs Racing Metro"

  • jdeegan1 - 2011-11-30 15:22

    Can they not find a better name than baby boks.?

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