South African Rugby Union to Fast Track Upskilling of Elite Black Coaches With Development Programme

South African Rugby Union to Fast Track Upskilling of Elite Black Coaches With Development Programme

  • The South African Rugby Union has made its intentions clear with regard to the development of the country's elite black coaches
  • SARU has initiated a programme that will fast-track these coaches advancement in rugby to equip them with skills to utilise at local and international level
  • Rugby World Cup-winning coach and now-director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and current Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber are the driving force behind the initiative

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has hailed a new initiative that is fast-tracking the development of 101 elite black rugby coaches in South Africa.

According to SA Rugby Magazine, SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber last week presented the latest masterclass in a course series designed for the participants over the past few months.

SA Rugby to fast-track development of elite black coaches
Sharks skills coach Phiwe Nomlomo, Rassie Erasmus and SARU Mark Alexander.
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RugbyPass also reported that after an intense review and interview process, the group was narrowed down to 32, with 18 of them being hand-picked for the inaugural year of the programme in 2022. The other 14 coaches, meanwhile, have been participating in a development programme that includes working with an industrial psychologist to equip them to follow in the footsteps of their counterparts in future.

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SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said:

“This programme marks a big step for SA Rugby to fast-track the development of our top up-and-coming black coaches and to achieve our coaching transformation goals. Our vision with this custom-made SA Rugby programme has been to bolster the standing of these coaches within the high-performance structures throughout the country with an eye on equipping them to coach at provincial and international level."

Erasmus then added:

“Over the years we have seen a number of black coaches with the potential fail to receive opportunities to coach at the highest level, which includes the Currie Cup and Vodacom United Rugby Championship, and unfortunately very few have made their way through the ranks.
“This triggered the need to take this process out of the hands of the franchises and take action as SA Rugby."

The full list can be found here.

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Source: Sports Brief News