Muir back with Sharks
NEWS: The Sharks confirmed the appointment of Dick Muir to their coaching team ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season.
The Springbok and former Sharks player and head coach will join the Durban franchise's coaching team as a consultant responsible for the team's attack and backline play for the 2018 rugby season.
Assistant coach Sean Everitt will now have the responsibility of managing the union's Under-19 players, whilst Ryan Strudwick will be pursuing other opportunities.
Muir has a strong coaching track record that includes coaching the Sharks to the Final of the 2007 Super Rugby tournament as well as his role as assistant coach of the Springboks from 2008 – 2011.
"Dick's coaching record and his passion for the game makes him the ideal person for the role," said Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann. "He is passionate about this team, our proud history and helping to take us forward.
"He has a lot to offer in terms of shaping our attack as well as mentoring and guiding our young backline to reach their full potential. After a break, we are happy that he has decided to return to the coaching fore with his expertise and technical astuteness."
Muir said he is determined to help the Sharks become one of the Southern Hemisphere's top teams again.
"I am very excited to once again be involved with the Sharks as a consultant, and I look forward to helping them achieve their vision," said Muir.
"Together with Gary [Teichmann] and [head coach] Robert [du Preez] and the rest of the management team, our plan is to bring the team back to where they once were.
"Rugby coaching is a passion for me and despite having taken a break from full-time coaching; I never have not been involved at some level of the structures.
"My role in the International Rugby Academy and with Northwood School has kept me in touch with what is happening in the game and has fueled my passion to be a part of shaping the future of the Sharks."
Looking ahead to 2018, Du Preez stated: "It's important for us to kick-on from where we left off in 2017. A strong team culture is paramount to success and the basis of our culture centres around a strong work ethic, respect for each other and our jersey.
“We are fortunate to have a loyal group of players who've bought into the strong long-term vision that we are working towards. As a coaching unit, we are committed to providing our players with the technical skills and game plan, with which they can develop and eventually stake a claim for higher honours.
"After a short break, our pre-season training commences on Monday and we are excited to get going. There is a lot of hard work that lies ahead in preparation for the 2018 season and beyond, which we as a team will tackle together."