The move up north and our participation in the United Rugby Championship has necessitated a change in approach and a firm commitment from The Sharks to assemble an experienced and highly skilled coaching unit, who will assist our Head Coach in the effective execution of our playing objectives.
To this end, The Sharks are delighted to announce our new coaching structure. The coaching unit will be spearheaded by our Head Coach, Sean Everitt, who recently committed his long-term future to The Sharks by signing a contract extension. His team will be bolstered by the inclusion of the highly rated Irish-born Noel McNamara, appointed as our attack coach and the hugely experienced John McFarland, who will head up our defence, until the arrival of Springbok Sevens head coach, Neil Powell, who joins us after the Sevens World Cup in 2022.
Commenting on our new coaching appointments, The Sharks CEO Dr. Eduard Coetzee said: “We are pleased to have secured the expertise of these experienced coaches who not only have great coaching pedigrees, but are good people, who will fit seamlessly into our culture here at the Cell C Sharks.
“The result of the Rainbow Cup final played in Treviso, is a timely warning that South African rugby cannot adopt a conservative outlook, and with this in mind it is exciting to welcome these coaches to our Cell C Sharks coaching team, as they will impart their knowledge of the northern hemisphere conditions and style of play, as we prepare for our participation in a new tournament.”
“We have identified areas of our game that we want to improve in and will be announcing further coaching appointments in the coming weeks. We are confident that we’ve assembled a high-level technical team, who will support our head coach in the effective execution of our playing DNA, and which reaffirms our commitment of creating a winning mindset across all spheres of our business”, added Coetzee.
Etienne Fynn (Forwards) and Phiwe Nomlomo (Skills) will retain their coaching roles in the senior team set-up, whilst Brent Janse van Rensburg has requested an early exit from his contract due to family reasons. We wish Brent all the best.
This experienced coaching group will navigate unchartered waters in a new territory, which promises to deliver BIGGER, BOLDER AND STRONGER action.