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Griqua Rugby shakes up coaching staff

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Griquas has always remained a union that has been very ambitious, competitive and produced a lot of very talented players and coaches

Picture: Dave Alexander

The Griqualand West Rugby Union recently announced that former Pumas and NMMU Madibaz coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has been appointed to the Tafel Lager Griquas’ head coach position; and will step into his new role on November 1, to replace current coach Peter Engledow on a three-year contract.

Engledow has accepted the head coaching post at the prestigious Paarl Boys High school in the Western Cape.

GWRU president Jannie Louw told the media that Janse van Rensburg will inject new energy into the Kimberley team. “Janse van Rensburg successfully coached the Pumas and the Madibaz and happens to be one of the younger generation coaches, who hopefully can take Griquas to greater heights,” said Louw.

The 38-year-old Janse van Rensburg who was offered the job ahead of current Griquas assistant coaches Pieter Bergh, Eugene Eloff and Jonathan Mokuena,
said he thought long and hard before accepting the position in Kimberley.

“After a lot of time spent deliberating over our options, my wife and I felt that the Griquas offer made the most sense and met the majority of aspects that were of importance to us,” he said.

Thankful

“We are thankful to Griquas for their confidence shown in me and their professionalism exhibited in the process of trying to get me on board.

“Griquas has always remained a union that has been very ambitious, competitive and produced a lot of very talented players and coaches.

“I look forward to contributing towards the further growth of this union,” he added.

Meanwhile, further bolstering Griquas’ coaching staff, former Springbok CJ van der Linde has been appointed as the new forwards coach in place of the present incumbent Denzil Frans.

Speaking to the press, Van der Linde, who had worked with Janse van Resburg at the Pumas, said that he was looking forward to his new role.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed in this position at Griquas Rugby in the central district.

Griquas was and will (always) be close to my heart and I am looking forward to be working alongside Brent,” Van der Linde said.

The new coaches will have their work cut out for them with Griquas currently lying sixth on the seven-team Currie Cup log, a solitary point above the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, and 12 points behind the log-topping Xerox Golden Lions, at the halfway point of the competition.

Currie Cup
Premier Division Log

PWDLPDPts

Lions33005715

Sharks33003615

Bulls4202812

WP22006110

Pumas3102-226

Griquas3003-493

Cheetahs4004-912