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.

There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 20 January 2018
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Cheetahs v Kings 15h00 Bloemfontein
Saracens v Northampton Saints 15h15 Allianz Park
Clermont Auvergne v Ospreys 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Treviso v Bath 17h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Scarlets v Toulon 17h30 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 21 January 2018
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 13h00 Welford Road
Munster v Castres 13h00 Thomond Park
La Rochelle v Harlequins 15h15 Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Wasps v Ulster 15h15 Ricoh Arena
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 13 12 0 1 58
Munster 13 8 0 5 42
Cheetahs 11 6 0 5 30
Cardiff Blues 13 5 0 8 25
Connacht 13 4 0 9 24
Ospreys 13 4 0 9 21
Zebre 13 3 0 10 17
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 13 11 0 2 53
Leinster 13 11 0 2 51
Ulster 13 8 1 4 40
Edinburgh 13 8 0 5 37
Treviso 13 6 0 7 29
Dragons 13 2 1 10 14
Kings 11 0 0 10 4