Southern Kings on the hunt for new coach

Southern Kings on the hunt for new coach

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PRO14 action between the Southern Kings and Connacht at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 1 March 2020.


PRO14 action between the Southern Kings and Connacht at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 1 March 2020.

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  • The Southern Kings are on the hunt for a new head coach.
  • This has been confirmed by interim coach Robbie Kempson.
  • Kempson is also the franchise’s director of high performance and is eager to focus solely on that role.

Robbie Kempson has revealed that the Southern Kings are on the hunt for a new head coach.

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Kempson, whose official job title at the Kings is director of high performance, took over as interim head coach at the beginning of the 2019-20 season following the departure of Deon Davids.

“I still enjoy the coaching, but I would prefer to bring in a head coach,” Kempson said, as quoted by Rugby365. “I prefer to have someone else in that role (head coach).”

In June, SA Rugby’s took management control over the Kings franchise by taking back a 74% shareholding.

It followed the failure of the Greatest Rugby Company in the Whole Wide World (GRC) in meeting its financial commitments relating to the acquisition of the shareholding.

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The former Springbok prop confirmed that the Kings and SA Rugby were looking at bringing in a new coach and that he was eager to focus exclusively on his high-performance role.

“Yes, we have been chatting with SA Rugby. I will remain involved in mentoring the forwards, especially the scrums. If we are fortunate enough to bring someone else in, then they can take that head role and I can move aside.”

– Compiled by Sport24 staff



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