Cheetahs unveil coaches for tournament overlap

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:40
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NEWS: Free State Rugby unveiled two coaching teams as the Currie Cup tournament begins to collide with the Pro14.

Rory Duncan will take charge of the Cheetahs in Pro14 when it overlaps with the Currie Cup matches. 

Duncan will be as assisted by Corniel van Zyl (forwards coach), Dave Williams (backline coach) and Charl Strydom (defence coach). The team manager will be Sakkie Wessels.
Williams has been appointed as the new backline/attack coach for Pro14 as well as the Currie Cup moving forward. 

Williams is an experienced coach and was previously the assistant coach for the Koble Steelers in Japan.

He also coached London Irish and Bath in England. He was also the backline and coach coordinator for the Southern Kings.

Where the Pro14 overlaps with the Currie Cup, the Currie Cup coach will be Daan Human with MJ Smith as backline coach. 

Albert Keuris will act as skills coach.

Director of Rugby Franco Smith will apart from all his other responsibilities, also assist both teams with skills, structures and strategy.

The Cheetahs play their first Pro14 match on September 1 against Ulster followed a week later against Munster in Ireland.

On the same dates, the Free State Cheetahs will play in the Currie Cup against the Sharks (Durban) and Western Province (Cape Town), consecutively.

Ashwell Rafferty will be the Currie Cup team manager for the season and will join the Pro14 moving forward.

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Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
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Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
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Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 16 13 1 2 65
Munster 17 10 0 7 54
Cheetahs 17 9 0 8 47
Cardiff Blues 17 9 0 8 42
Connacht 17 6 0 11 33
Ospreys 16 6 0 10 30
Zebre 16 4 0 12 22
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 17 13 1 3 64
Scarlets 17 12 1 4 61
Edinburgh 17 12 0 5 55
Ulster 16 9 1 6 46
Treviso 17 8 0 9 40
Dragons 17 2 2 13 17
Kings 17 1 0 16 9