Drotské granted early release

Naka Drotské's last match as Cheetahs coach will be against the Stormers at Newlands on 30 May.

Drotské has asked to leave at the same time as forwards coach Os du Randt, who has accepted a coaching job in Japan.

New Cheetahs coach Franco Smith will therefore be in charge for their last two matches of the Vodacom Super Rugby season against the Waratahs and Bulls.

'Os du Randt has accepted a very exciting opportunity to coach abroad and to be an ambassador for the Cheetahs. He will leave the Cheetahs during the first week of June,' said the Cheetahs via a media statement. 'A full media conference is scheduled for 23 May at the Free State Stadium where details of his departure will be discussed. Naka Drotské insisted that he wants to step down when Os leaves, instead of continuing with the tournament without his complete coaching team.'

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