Good things come to those who wait. Even for the procrastinating WP Rugby bosses this old proverb retains a semblance of truth when they at last made some long-awaited announcements on Tuesday.
The only fresh announcements (at last!) were the new role of Paul Treu and the coaching staff for the year which comes three days after the third round of this year’s Super Rugby competition.
With it came confirmation of the “old” leaked news that Director of Rugby Gert Smal will leave WP Rugby for Toyota Verblitz in Japan at the end of March and that Paul Dobson will be the Stormers coach from next year.
Smal will team up with Verblitz and former World Cup-winning coach in Japan, who have also announced that the present All Blacks captain Kieran read will join them after the World Cup.
But back to WP Rugby matters…
In a statement released on their website, the Stormers announced that Treu is being re-deployed as the new Performance and Innovation Manager. He will provide support to WP Rugby's coaches by applying current and scientific knowledge to the planning and preparation of all teams.
The new role for Treu was created “in order to supplement this and in line with international best practice,” according to a statement was released on Tuesday night.
“Paul Treu will provide further support by applying current and scientific knowledge to the planning and preparation of all teams in his new role of performance and innovation manager.”
The Stormers management for the 2019 season, effectively their coaching team, for the season that started three weeks ago, sees Dawie Snyman come in as the new assistant coach (backs) together with Riefaat Jappie (strength and conditioning coach) and Norman Laker (defence coach).
They will join up with head coach Robbie Fleck, Russell Winter (assistant coach forwards), Human Kriek (technical analyst) and team manager Chippie Solomon.
Snyman will work closely with Paul Feeney, who will still be involved with coaching the team’s skills and exits, to ensure a smooth transition after the New Zealander finishes his at the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season.
♦ The re-deployment of Laker and Snyman from the 2018 SuperSport Rugby Challenge management creates an important pathway and opportunities for a new-look, wholly transformed SuperSport Rugby Challenge coaching team.
"It is great to see our home-grown coaches step up and I look forward to seeing them perform at the elite level," said CEO Zacks.
Jerome Paarwater is the new Western Province head coach for the SuperSport Rugby Challenge. He will be assisted by Nazeem Adams (assistant coach backs), Rito Hlungwani (assistant coach forwards), Chris October (defence coach), Naasier Parker (strength and conditioning coach), and Elliot Hanabe (technical analyst). The team manager is Cassiem Barnes.
There will also be specialist coaches available to work with both the Stormers and the WP SuperSport Rugby Challenge sides.
Dobson (breakdowns), Feeney (skills and exits), Gareth Wright (kicking) and, on a consultative basis, Hanyani Shimange, will provide specialist input to the two teams.
"This new structure means that players will get more individual attention, while we continue to support and develop our coaches to build quality, motivated and transformed coaching and playing teams for the future," added Zacks.
Zacks added that the new structure means that players will get more individual attention, while there will be a continuation of and development of coaches “to build quality, motivated and transformed coaching and playing teams for the future.”