Campese quits Sharks


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Former Wallaby rugby star David Campese, who helped transform the Sharks into Super 14 finalists as a skills consultant, told the Durban based franchise that he’s fed up with waiting for a decision about his future and would be leaving.

“Yes, I am no longer going to be working with the Sharks,” Campese said.

“I am quitting.”

When asked why he had chosen to leave, Campese said that he had simply had enough of the Sharks management’s lack of commitment to him and his family.

“About a month ago I went to Dick [Muir] to speak about my supposed new role as kicking coach,” said the former Wallabies winger.

“He said that they would then up-skill me as a team coach, but that the board would have to okay it. The Monday after the South Africa v England Test there was a meeting but I was told nothing.”

“A week later I spoke to Rudolf [Straeuli – Sharks commercial manager] and he said that he didn’t know himself what was happening but that he would call me to let me know what was going on,” said Campese.

“I still don’t know what is happening.”

Campese said that he had gone to Muir a second time to ask what the situation was and was told that other coaches were being looked at for the position that he had hoped to fill.

“I mean honestly, a kicking coach? I have scored more tries than anyone at Test level, why would they make me a kicking coach?” said the irate Campo.

Campese has recently been doing some coaching at Grey College, South Africa’s premier rugby school which is in Bloemfontein, and is currently exploring the option of working as a backline coach in order to return to top-flight rugby.

By Gareth Green 365 Digital

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