Coach Changes at Schools

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:28

The days of going to teach at a school and coaching rugby as part of the package are done.


Probably the biggest news in schools rugby coaching is the move of Sean Erasmus, Glenwood's coach for five years, down to the Cape where he will take over rugby at Paarl Boys' High.

The move is official. Erasmus has a contract for three years with the possibility of another two years. He is going to Boys' High with his wife and children, as a full-time member of staff attached to a boarding hostel. At Glenwood he was also involved with the Sharks Under-20 but at Boys' High he will not do outside coaching. Like other members of staff he will be there from half past seven in the morning and stay till his day's work is done.

When Boys' High made it known that they were looking for a man to run their rugby, they had 97 applicants. It is a wonderful school, wanting its rugby to remain at the top in an increasingly competitive, 'professional' era.

It seems that the days of going to teach at a school and coaching rugby as part of the package are done.

Hilton employed an Old Boy Brad MacLeod-Henderson to coach the 1st XV, reputedly at a far sum of money in excess of a million rands for a term's matches. He is now coaching at the Sharks and they have replaced with a member of staff, their Afrikaans teacher AC Blume who is also an assistant housemaster and was MacLeod-Henderson's assistant with the 1st XV. That almost seems oldfashioned  but really in keeping with the place of rugby as it used to be in schools.

At Bishops Mike Bayly, an Old Boy of the prestigious school who played for Western Province and coached at the Blue Bulls is now moving back to his Alma Mater to coach their rugby in the wake of pretty ordinary results. He takes over from Dave Mallett, a housemaster at the school.

Paul Roos who were disappointed with their relationship with Thys Stoltz, still have Hein Kriek, the successful coach of Western Province schools side, as their first team coach with help from Dawie Snyman, the versatile Springbok and successful Western Province coach of the 1980s, coaching there as well and now will have astute, no-nonsense Brendan Venter, a medical doctor in the Strand, to offer advice.

Grey High School of Port Elizabeth have lost two top coaches. Rory Duncan, the 1st XV coach in 2013, is heading for the Cheetahs, apparently to coach their Under-21 side. And Dean Carelse, who previously coached the 1st XV, is off to Durban where he will be involved in rugby at Westville, a highly successful rugby school.

Dale are getting their own back. Their popular 1st XV coach, Grant Griffiths, left the King William's town college for the Cape. He coached Hamiltons but now has gone back to the Eastern Cape as Dale's director of rugby.