RugbyIxias appoint former Bok as new head coach
─── MORGAN PIEK 17:10 Thu, 23 Sep 2021
The Central University of Technology Ixias have appointed the former Springbok flyhalf, Braam van Straaten, as their new head coach.
Van Straaten joins the Ixias as the replace for Pieter Bergh who leaves the team to take over at the Tafel Lager Griquas. Bergh, returns to Kimberley where he previously served as an assistant to fill the position left by Scott Mathie, who in turn has headed over to the USA to coach the England FreeJacks.
As a player, Van Straaten, represented the Bulls and Stormers, while he also played in 21 Tests for South Africa.
As a coach, Van Straaten, also has an impressive CV and he has previosuly worked with the Sharks, Southern Kings, Western Force and the Wallabies, Namibia and Bermuda.
The vice-chairman of CUT Rugby, André Pawson, confirmed that the former Springbok backline general will be their new coach.
“We are super excited having Braam van Straaten at the steer of our rugby on campus.
“He is an excellent coach, with a superb track record as general-, defense- and kicking coach, from provincial- to international level.
“We are confident that Van Straaten will continue taking the CUT to even higher heights than we enjoyed over the last five years.
Van Straaten’s technical team will be named shortly.
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