With rugby players taking all the limelight at the moment, it’s interesting to know who makes up the team behind the Springbok team in this 2011 World Cup Rugby. Herewith a quick introduction:
Head Coach: Peter de Villiers.
Assistant Coach 1: Gary Gold – concentrating on forward play, lineout strategy and defence.
Assistant Coach 2: Dick Muir – focussing on backline play.
Technical Specialist: Rassie Erasmus – is tasked with technical analysis and planning.
Kicking Coach: Percy Montgomery – he holds records for the most test points (893), most conversions (153), most penalties (148) and most points in RWC 2007 (105).
Defence Coach: Jacques Nienaber – regarded as one of the best defence coaches in SA.
Law Advisor: Neville Heilbron – a former referee, he consults on matters relating to the laws of the game and refereeing.
Team Doctor: Dr Craig Roberts – has to keep the squad fit after some bruising encounters.
Conditioning Coach 1: Dr Derik Coetzee – gets the team into condition.
Conditioning Coach 2: Neels Liebel – entrusted with player fitness and conditioning.
Physiotherapist 1: Rene Naylor – works on sports injury management and prevention.
Physiotherapist 2: Vivan Verwant – a specialist masseur for specific injury prevention, treatment and recovery.
Masseuse: Daliah Hurwitz – specialises in sports massage and injury prevention.
Logistics Manager: Charles Wessels – responsible for all matters relating to team movement.
Technical Analyst: Peter Maimane – works closely with the coaching team on all aspects of Test preparation and analysis of the opposition.
PR & Admin Manager: Annellee Murray – has worked with the Springboks for over 12 years.
Communications Manager: Andy Colquhoun – heads up SARU communications and is seconded to the Springbok squad for the Rugby World Cup.
Baggage Master: Philip ‘Flippie’ Malakoane – is the longest serving member of the Bok team having seen four coaches come and go and now serving under his fifth.