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25 Jun 2021
2:34 pm

Sharks bolster team with addition of coaching heavyweights

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The Durban-based team feel the move into European rugby competitions requires a shift in approach.

John McFarland, former defence coach of the Bulls and Springboks, has joined the Sharks. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

The Sharks have strengthened their coaching team by appointing Bok Sevens coach Neil Powell and former Springbok defence coach John McFarland to their team.

The new-look structure will see current head coach Sean Everitt continue in his role as team leader.

Also, Ireland-born Noel McNamara joins to head up the Sharks’ attacking play. He was formerly involved with Leinster and also the Ireland U20 set-up.

Powell will only join the team after the Sevens World Cup next year.

Bok Sevens coach Neil Powell

SA Sevens rugby coach Neil Powell will join the Sharks next year. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

McFarland was one of Heyneke Meyer’s right-hand men at the Bulls in the time they won three Super Rugby titles and he also served as a Bok defence coach for several seasons.

“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 Sharks,” said CEO Eduard Coetzee.

“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 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.”

The Bulls lost fairly convincingly against Benetton Treviso in last weekend’s Rainbow Cup final in Italy, having dominated every other team in South Africa over the last year.

“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.

Etienne Fynn (forwards) and Phiwe Nomlomo (skills) will retain their coaching roles in the senior team set-up, while Brent Janse van Rensburg has requested an early exit from his contract due to family reasons.