Robert du Preez and the Sharks have officially and amicably parted ways, it was announced on Wednesday.
A new CEO has been appointed in place of Gary Teichmann whose term has expired and former Springbok prop Eduard Coetzee will succeed him. That, however, has been known for some time but was only officially announced on Wednesday, and the focus remains on the end of Du Preez’s coaching contract at Kings Park.
Du Preez, then an assistant coach, who was virtually rushed into the job when head coach Gary Gold left suddenly to take over the reins at the USA Eagles, has been with the Sharks for the past five years – initially as an assistant coach and thereafter as Head Coach.
He frequently ruffled feathers, not least of all those of some players and especially certain members of the press whom he labelled as “cockroaches” because of their criticism.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for Du Preez when one of his assistant coaches Sean Everitt was recently appointed Currie Cup coach. However, no decision has yet been made about Du Preez’s successor as head coach of the Super Rugby team.
Teichmann said that the Sharks haven’t yet looked forward to the Super Rugby season and will start planning as they “cross the Currie Cup bridge.”