Heinz Schenk
2 minute read
14 Mar 2020
6:20 am

In coaching rugby, it’s all about being connected

Heinz Schenk

The promotion of Cash van Rooyen does little to quell a recent opinion among the rugby fraternity that coaching opportunities are determined by who you know.

Lions head coach Ivan 'Cash' Van Rooyen is hopeful his players have put the last few days' uncertainty behind them. Picture: AFP

The lack of intellectual capital in South African rugby coaching has been a hot topic for some years now. Yet it’s been placed squarely into focus the past few weeks as the Lions continue a disheartening plunge from the highs of three consecutive Super Rugby finals between 2016 and 2018. Not many people were particularly perturbed when Johan Ackermann, the mastermind of the revival of the franchise, was replaced by his right-hand man Swys de Bruin following his departure to Gloucester. And why would one be? De Bruin was highly experienced and considered such a keen thinker that Erasmus even...