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The CEO of Mpumalanga Rugby, Pieter Burger, today announced the appointment of the new Pumas Assistant Coach at Mpumalanga Rugby (Pty) Ltd, Hein Kriek, who is currently the Head Coach of the Paul Roos Gymnasium High School in Stellenbosch.

Kriek, a former Lowvelder and Nelspruit Hoërskool matriculant, joins the Steval Pumas squad from 1 December 2015. Kriek, the 38 year old who also currently heads the coaching team of the SARU SA School Team, commented, “I grew up in Malelane, but my family left the area when I went to Potchefstroom’s University of North West to study BSc Sport Science in 1996 “.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to return to the place where I fell in love with the sport. The choice to join the Pumas was actually an easy one, as I love the brand of rugby they play and their morals and family values is where I see myself and my family fitting in.

Most importantly as a young coach, it gives me as a fantastic opportunity to compete in the Premier Currie Cup, which is certainly any coaches’ dream to be apart off,” Kriek said.

A short summary of his coaching career:

Tertiary Education

Honours in BSc Sport Science and a post-graduate teaching diploma from the University of North West in Potchefstroom.

Rugby Pedigree

Hamilton’s Sea Point Rugby Football Club

Super A Grand Challenge Champions (2009)

National Club Champions (2009)

Henry Marcus trophy for coach of the year (2010)

Paul Roos Gymnasium

No. 2 Ranked u19 team in South Africa (2014/15)

SANIX World Youth Champions in Japan (2014)

Western Province

Interprovincial Academy Week Champions (2008/2010/2012)

Interprovincial Craven Week Champions (2013)

South African Rugby Union

2015 SARU SA Schools Quadrangular tournament -. South Africa vs. France, Wales and England. Finished Tournament Undefeated

Kriek is married to Annelee.

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