The Sharks are happy to confirm that Currie Cup Head Coach, Sean Everitt will head up the Cell C Sharks coaching team for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament. He will be ably assisted by backline/attack coach David Williams and the new addition of the highly regarded Brent Janse van Rensburg, as forwards coach.
Nick Easter, our current forwards coach has opted to return to England to further his coaching career closer to home. During his time with us Nick brought a fresh approach and new ideas from the northern hemisphere, helping us to win the 2018 Currie Cup amongst other achievements. We would like to thank him for his invaluable contribution to the team during his time and wish him and his young family the very best moving forward.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with The Sharks,” commented Easter. “My family and I have made many memories and wonderful friends in Durban. It was a privilege to be involved with such a prestigious club that has helped develop my coaching career.”
Brent is a great acquisition for the Cell C Sharks. He achieved hugely impressive results with the Griquas team, who won the Supersport Rugby Challenge and very nearly finished the pool stages of the Currie Cup top of the log. With him at the helm they went through the 2019 season having won 14 of their 18 matches played.
The Sharks incumbent CEO, Eduard Coetzee said: “Continuity in player personnel is key to any team’s success, but so too amongst the coaching staff and Sean has played an important role in not only taking the team to the semi-finals of the Currie Cup, but has blooded a number of youngsters and worked hard on creating a brotherhood that grew as the tournament progressed.
“It was important for us to assemble a coaching group who share not only in our vision for the team, but also in the strong Sharks culture we are driving, one of accountability and commitment. We are confident we have that with this group of people driven coaches.”
“It’s an honour for me to be entrusted with the responsibility of being Head Coach of the Cell C Sharks Super Rugby team,” stated Everitt. “I’m very pleased with the growth of the team. We had several goals before the Currie Cup and I think we’ve achieved a lot of them. We wanted to grow the environment, grow the squad, grow the individuals and we wanted to give the youngsters an opportunity to develop for Super Rugby and I think we’ve achieved all that.
“The hard work continues for the new season and we as a coaching group, all of whom I am very excited to work with, will do everything we can to ensure that our players are best prepared for the start of the tournament, not only from a coaching point of view but also in terms of their mindset and the environment created for them to thrive.”
Incoming forwards coach, Brent Janse van Rensburg added: “It’s a huge honour and privilege to be involved in Sharks rugby and I am thankful for the opportunity given to me and the belief in my abilities. I am excited to work with Sean as Head Coach. He is a great man and deserves this opportunity.
“There are good people at The Sharks who share the same vision of developing not just good rugby players, but good people. I’m excited to work with everyone and the road ahead.”
In addition to the three coaches named, we are also pleased to announce the appointment of Phiwe Nomlomo as the skills specialist who will work with all our professional teams.
Nomlomo most recently coached the SA Schools A team in August’s Under 18 International Series and previously coached Selborne College and assisted Border’s Under 19 Craven Week side that went through the 2018 tournament unbeaten.
“It is a huge honour for me to join the Sharks family in a coaching capacity,” exclaimed Nomlomo. “I am excited about this opportunity, which I am not taking for granted and one that I want to embrace with both hands.
“I was in Durban as a player and now return in a new capacity, which will enable me to reunite with familiar faces and meet new people. Durban is certainly a home away from home.”
The Sharks Academy’s, Etienne Fynn, has been the scrummaging advisor to the Cell C Sharks during the 2019 season and will take on a more permanent coaching role across all the Cell C Sharks teams as scrummaging coach.
The Sharks are proud to advise that in addition to our out-going CEO Gary Teichmann’s already announced role as advisor to our incumbent CEO, Eduard Coetzee, he will also assume a formal role with the Cell C Sharks team.
Gary is a rugby man to the core and his experience and opinion is respected, not only at The Sharks but across SA Rugby. Eduard has therefore asked Gary to take on this role, where he will provide mentorship to our coaching team, drive player relations and the team culture within the Cell C Sharks.