Sharks confirm Currie Cup coaching team

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold.

The Sharks have announced that Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, will be heading-up the Sharks coaching team for this year’s Currie Cup campaign.

Gold will be supported by the backline coach Sean Everitt and Ryan Strudwick who will look after the forwards.

Sean has worked with many of the players in our current squad through the various age-group ranks and has enjoyed great success and has a fantastic rapport with them. Ryan recently won the Varsity Shield trophy with the UKZN Impi’s and has also been involved in our coaching set-up for a few years.

Gold said: “For the first time since I arrived, I am satisfied that there is continuity and clarity amongst the various age-groups and this has been achieved through the redeployment of the coaching structures. The historic structure lacked the necessary focus throughout the age-groups. “

“We had approached and considered a replacement for Brad. However, we have after consultation with all stakeholders including the team, decided within this new framework, that it will be in the best interest of the team and for continuity for me to oversee the campaign with the assistance of Sean and Ryan.”

To this end, Michael Horak, who enjoyed great success with Varsity Cup side UFS Shimlas will head up our Sharks U/21 campaign and will be assisted by AB Zondagh.

Our U/19 team will be headed-up by Paul Anthony who brings with him a wealth of experience as well as success having won the competition twice with the Blue Bulls. His deputy will be Andre Barnard.

“My long-term vision though is to place particular emphasis on our academy, local clubs and school structures. This is a critical focus area that will enable us to ensure that the very best home grown talent get the opportunity to come through the Sharks ranks”, concluded Gold.

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