magazine-issue
SEVENS-header
generic hexagon

Powell named new Blitzboks coach


  • 05 Oct 2013
New Blitzboks coach Neil Powell New Blitzboks coach Neil Powell

Former team captain Neil Powell has been appointed coach of the Springbok Sevens team.

Powell will take charge of the Blitzboks for the first time at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia next weekend. He will be assisted by his former team-mate, Vuyo Zangqa, who was appointed as assistant coach.

The appointments were confirmed at a meeting of the executive council in Johannesburg, which ratified the recommendation of the technical committee.

'Following his retirement as an active player in 2012, we took Neil into our structures with a view to developing him as a coach of the future,' said Jurie Roux, CEO of Saru. 'It has been a thorough process in his appointment and he will continue the successful partnership he has had with Vuyo in recent times. Neil was a vastly experienced player and is very familiar with the Sevens World Series. They make their debut in Australia next week and we’re looking forward to their contribution to the growth of our sevens programme.'

Powell and Zangqa were part of the Springbok Sevens squad that won the Sevens World Series in the 2008-09 season.

The 35-year-old Powell, who also represented the Sharks, Bulls, Cats and Cheetahs in Super Rugby and Griquas, the Blue Bulls and Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup, played for South Africa in 32 tournaments on the Sevens World Series. He is also a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist (2010).

Zangqa (32), a former Border Bulldogs and Leopards representative, played in 19 tournaments of the World Series.

Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

0 Comments
latest-articles
Adriaan Strauss and Allister Coetzee

Bismarck can back up Strauss

The decision to retain Adriaan Strauss as Springbok captain for the rest of the year is perfectly understandable, but it should not compromise the possibility of a national recall for Bismarck du Plessis, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Allister Coetzee embraces JP Pietersen

Survival doesn’t equal strength

The Springboks dodged a bullet in Port Elizabeth, but they may not be ready for the rapid fire that awaits them in the Rugby Championship, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Issue 224

Strauss leads Boks into new era

Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss is on the cover of the new SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week.

You may also like

0 Comments
Get our daily email update. Subscribe to the SA Rugby magazine newsletter: