Sharks sign Du Preez as Super Rugby coach




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Sharks Director of Rugby of Gary Gold has revealed that former Springbok scrumhalf,
Robert du Preez will join the franchise as an assistant Super Rugby coach.

The Durban based Super Rugby franchise have also announced that Du Preez will
also head up next year’s Currie Cup tournament.

Du Preez, who recently won the Currie Cup first division trophy with the
Leopards, joins the Sharks in November 2015.

Confirming his appointment, The Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said: “We
are immensely happy to confirm the appointment of Robert du Preez. It was an
appointment that we thought long and hard about. “

“We identified that we wanted to bring in a coach who fitted a particular
profile, someone who was South African and someone that understands our unique
culture and who also has a strong belief in a disciplined environment.

“We believe that Robert ticks every single box. The route that his coaching
career has gone has been absolutely textbook in terms of the success he enjoyed
at College Rovers, where he won 67 out of the 70 games he coached there, then
with NWU-Pukke as well as the knowledge he has of unearthing the potential of
young players coming through the ranks and obviously his recent success with
the Leopards. He has certainly shown that there is a consistency to what he

“Being a former Sharks player and having played here during the glory
years of the nineties, Robert is passionate about Sharks rugby. He is the ideal
candidate to assist our young players during this transitional phase to senior
rugby. He has enjoyed great success in his coaching career so far and he will
certainly be an asset to our coaching unit, ” added Gold.

Reacting to his appointment, Robert du Preez stated: “It’s fantastic
to come back home to a union I had such great memories at. My role is obviously
different this time around, which will present fantastic new challenges. I believe
that there is great talent in the province and I am looking forward to working
with the Sharks coaching team. “

The Sharks have also appointed Defence Coach Omar Mouneimne, who amongst others
has enjoyed success at Edinburgh and Italy, will be joining the Sharks
coaching team as a defence and breakdown coach.

“Omar will bring a much needed edge that I have felt is needed to the
Sharks defence and contact points, ” concluded Gary Gold.

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