Free State Rugby is incredibly proud of another top coach from the Cheetahs who has been appointed by the South African Rugby Union (SARU).
Ex-Cheetah player Daan Human has now been appointed by SARU as the new Springbok scrum coach.
“Free State Rugby is proud that almost all the top coaches in South Africa hail from the Free State and it is, therefore, clear that Free State is not only a developer of talented players but also coaches, referees and administrators,” said a delighted Cheetahs spokesman, Ronel Pienaar, in a statement.
Besides Human, Rugby World Cup-winning coach Rassie Erasmus and his assistant coach Jacques Nienaber, who is earmarked to be the new head coach, as well as the Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell are all from the Free State.
Former Toyota Cheetah coach Franco Smith was recently appointed as the head coach of the Italian national side and he invited the Toyota Cheetah kicking coach, Albert Keuris, to assist the Azzurri as a consultant for a week or two.
Another ex-Cheetah player, Brendan Venter, was also a backline consultant for the Springboks and still is a well-recognised consultant in international rugby.
The head coach of the Bulls, Pote Human, and his assistant coach Pine Pienaar are both also from Free State Rugby.
In addition, Jaco Peyper, number l SA referee, Vivian Verwant, Springbok physiotherapist and former Springbok team manager, Ian Swarts are all also from the province.
“It is therefore clear that Free State and the Cheetahs produce not only top players, but also coaches, referees and administrators for SA Rugby and the Free State Rugby family is extremely proud of these achievements,” Pienaar added.
One can ask – is there something Free State Rugby does that initiates this? It can only be said that there is some rugby approach in the Free State that offers opportunities to not only to players but also referees, officials and coaches to rise to the highest levels in rugby.
As a matter of fact; one of the mission statements of Free State Rugby is that “we offer opportunities”.