Former Internationals to join Springbok Management

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Former Western Province, Stormers and Springbok flyhalf, Louis Koen testing the Gilbert Virtua Ball at Newlands ahead of the 2011 IRB World Cup. Photo by Mike la Grange.

Two former Test players, Louis Koen and Pieter de Villiers, have been added to the Springbok management team as consultants for the forthcoming international season.

The appointments were approved by the Executive Council of the South African Rugby Union at a meeting in Cape Town on Thursday.

Former Test flyhalf Koen, who represented the Springboks in 15 Tests between 2000 and 2003, has been appointed as kicking consultant.

De Villiers, who was born in South Africa and played 70 Tests for France from 1999 to 2007, is the Springboks’ scrum consultant.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said he was delighted to welcome Koen and De Villiers to the management team.

“They bring a wealth of knowledge in their specialist areas of kicking and scrumming, but also know and understand the rigours of Test rugby, having played at the highest level,” said Meyer.

“Collectively they have been involved in a number of Rugby World Cups and this kind of experience is something that will always be invaluable at Test level.”

Koen and De Villiers will join the Springboks at their Planning Camp in Durban on Sunday.

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