Fleck to coach Stormers

Robbie Fleck has been appointed interim head coach of the Stormers for next year's Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.

Fleck, who has been an assistant coach for the franchise since 2010, has been acting as the Stormers' coaching co-ordinator since the departure of coach Eddie Jones to England.

Fleck had a highly successful 2015 season as head coach of the WP U21 team, losing only one game on the way to securing the domestic trophy.

Commenting on the appointment, WPRFU president Thelo Wakefield said: 'WP director of rugby, Gert Smal, has done a thorough investigation into all available and interested coaches for the position. Robbie Fleck is a Western Province man through and through.

'He understands the environment, having had extensive experience as an assistant coach at Super Rugby level and as a former WP, Stormers and Springbok player. In addition, he showed his mettle as a head coach this year, dominating the U21 competition. He deserves his opportunity and we are proud to be able to grow one of our own.'

The collective coaching approach that has been in place for the entire Stormers pre-season, has seen all the union's senior coaches working together to ensure the alignment of playing style and coaching methodology. Fleck will continue to draw on the skills and support of all the senior coaches at Western Province.

Smal added: 'We will all continue to provide maximum support and backup to Robbie and wish him well as he takes the reins. We will reassess the Super Rugby coaching position at the end of the 2016 Stormers season again.'

Commenting on his appointment, Fleck said it was a massive honour and privilege.

'I am really appreciative of the faith been shown in me and in conjunction with all my colleagues will continue to prepare the squad on the path chosen.'

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