Cheetahs show other franchises the way with Hawies' appointment

Cheetahs show other franchises the way with Hawies' appointment

The Cheetahs did something very right in  the appointment of Hawies Fourie to take over the coacing reins from Franco Smith as head coach of the Cheetahs in September.

Fourie will join the Free State Cheetahs during the upcoming Currie Cup series as an observer but will not be directly involved with coaching.  This will afford him time to study the culture and players. He will take over full reins with his coaching staff after the last Currie Cup match.

Smith will coach the Cheetahs team for the Currie Cup series before he takes over as the national coach of Italy.

♦ This approach by the Cheetahs to Fourie’s appointment, unlike so many other recent instances in South African rugby, was done with the vision that Fourie will need time to get to know the players, their culture, and their depth.

The Stormers dumped Robbie Fleck into the Super Rugby environment direct from the U21s; the Sharks did very much the same with Robert du Preez, who hadn’t had coaching experience at first-class level; the Bulls were forced to appoint Pote Human when John Mitchell opted out of his contract at short notice and Vic Matfield decided not so take the vacant post.

At least Human had extensive experience at Currie Cup level.

Fourie, a former backline coach of the Cheetahs, this week signed a four-year contract with the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd. His earlier involvement at the Free State and his success at the University of Stellenbosch will make him a favourite amongst players and supporters.

In a statement Free State Rugby says that after the position of head coach was advertised in May, they received more than 30 strong applications from all over the rugby world. The top six candidates were invited to do a presentation.

Fourie’s presentation and knowledge of the game impressed the interview panel and he immediately stood out as the successful candidate to lead the Cheetahs, according to the statement.

“The interviews were of the highest standard and Free State Rugby is pleased with how the process played out and that a top appointment was made.”

The Cheetahs did something very right in  the appointment of Hawies Fourie to take over the coacing reins from Franco Smith as head coach of the Cheetahs in September.

Fourie will join the Free State Cheetahs during the upcoming Currie Cup series as an observer but will not be directly involved with coaching.  This will afford him time to study the culture and players. He will take over full reins with his coaching staff after the last Currie Cup match.

Smith will coach the Cheetahs team for the Currie Cup series before he takes over as the national coach of Italy.

♦ This approach by the Cheetahs to Fourie’s appointment, unlike so many other recent instances in South African rugby, was done with the vision that Fourie will need time to get to know the players, their culture, and their depth.

The Stormers dumped Robbie Fleck into the Super Rugby environment direct from the U21s; the Sharks did very much the same with Robert du Preez, who hadn’t had coaching experience at first-class level; the Bulls were forced to appoint Pote Human when John Mitchell opted out of his contract at short notice and Vic Matfield decided not so take the vacant post.

At least Human had extensive experience at Currie Cup level.

Fourie, a former backline coach of the Cheetahs, this week signed a four-year contract with the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd. His earlier involvement at the Free State and his success at the University of Stellenbosch will make him a favourite amongst players and supporters.

In a statement Free State Rugby says that after the position of head coach was advertised in May, they received more than 30 strong applications from all over the rugby world. The top six candidates were invited to do a presentation.

Fourie’s presentation and knowledge of the game impressed the interview panel and he immediately stood out as the successful candidate to lead the Cheetahs, according to the statement.

“The interviews were of the highest standard and Free State Rugby is pleased with how the process played out and that a top appointment was made.”

Fourie’s coaching history –

 

2016-19 University of Stellenbosch (Varsity Cup Champions 2018, -2019) - Head Coach

 

2014-15 Griquas – Vodacom Cup (Champions), Currie Cup – Head Coach

 

2008-15 Cheetahs – Super Rugby – Backs, Attack and Kicking Coach

 

2007-13 Free State Cheetahs – Currie Cup (2007 Champions) – Backs, Attack and Kicking Coach

 

2006       Stormers – Super Rugby – Backline and Skills Coach, Boland Cavaliers – Head Coach

 

2002-07  Boland Cavaliers – Currie Cup, Vodacom Shield (winners 2005) - Head Coach

 

2001-02  Ceres Rugby Club – Head Coach