Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has revealed that they will not be replacing defence coach Michael Horak will join the Eastern Province Rugby Union and the Southern Kings later this year.
Horak has signed a five year contract with the Eastern Province Rugby Union and will leave Bloemfontein for Port Elizabeth once his commitments to Varsity Cup side the Shimlas have been fulfilled.
Horak is Shimlas Director of Rugby and they play thier final Varsity Cup rugby match this year on March the 17th and if they reach the knock out stages he could be around for a couple of weeks longer.
In the meantime Horak will help out with coaching the Cheetahs before he leaves to take up his new position in Port Elizabeth.
The Cheetahs were expected to name a replacement for Horak in the coming weeks but Drotske has told the Volksblad website that they will not replace him and instead the defensive coaching will be shared among the coaching staff.
"We decided on a defensive system last year. It worked well and we'll keep following it."
"Everyone knows how it works and it's just about keeping everyone on their toes."
Drotske added that Horak did not tour with the Cheetahs last year and spent time communicating with the team in Australasia through Skype and e-mail and they will do this again as the Cheetahs play only two games at home (Lions and Bulls) before heading abroad.
While Drotske said they will not be replacing Horak he did say that they will be appointing a backline coach for the Currie Cup season.
Hawies Fourie coaches the backs in Super Rugby but he will take over from coach Pote Human as Griquas coach for the Currie Cup season.