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The Stormers have excelled in the URC in the first two seasons. Photo: SA Rugby website

Two former Springbok stars set to coach with WP, Stormers

There are expected to be some notable acquisitions in the coaching ranks of the Stormers and WP Rugby in the near future.

Stormers urc final City of Cape Town

The Stormers have excelled in the URC in the first two seasons. Photo: SA Rugby website

It was recently confirmed that former Springbok and Stormers star Juan de Jongh had decided to hang up his boots, while it’s since been confirmed that  the former centre will work as a coach for WP’s pathway teams and players at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.

Meanwhile, another former Springbok in Duane Vermeulen also recently retired, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that it has previously been reported that he could still be set for a new role of sorts in the WP Rugby system as well, where he would most likely accelerate his transition into coaching.

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This has already effectively confirmed by Stormers coach John Dobson.

“We started talking with Duane last year,” Dobson said. “We knew he was going to retire and he was keen to stay in Cape Town. We reached an idea where he could look after the forwards in our pathway, which is very important, making sure those guys are technically strong.

“He is technically outstanding. He acts as a player-coach wherever he goes, he certainly did at Ulster and I suspect very much at the Springboks. If we could get him up here that would be great. But it is subject to a few things.

“We are in a curious place, this twilight area, where the equity deal has been approved by the clubs, but it is not through the final processes yet, in terms of signing it and going through the competition commission.

“So it is curious. We are still under full administration. The Red Disa consortium doesn’t have full control, but they also have to get insight into what we spend during this period. We can’t laden them with all sorts of spending.

“We see how Duane fits in here, and we think he is keen to come and we are keen to have him. But it still does need some movement off the field. There’s a will for everybody to make it happen. So hopefully we can get it wrapped up in the next couple of weeks.”

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De Jongh will also add value at WP, Stormers

Dobson expressed excitement about De Jongh’s transition to coaching, emphasising his positive, energised, and professional approach.

“We’re very pleased that there is an opportunity for him to stay in the system and move into coaching,” Dobson told News24.

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“In some ways we would have wanted the romantic finish with him on the field, but it was not to be.

“He’s going to make an impact beyond just playing now both in the media and his coaching. He’s always positive, energised and professional and completely understands who we’re playing for. He has a great connection with the people and the fans.

“He’s going to be missed, but we’re thrilled we’re keeping him here and I have no doubt he will have a huge role to play in inspiring the next generation of Stormers.”

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