The Cheetahs have appointed former Springbok Frans Steyn as their new director of rugby, effective from November.
It is his first official post-playing rugby role, after hanging up his boots in July when a knee injury prevented him from recovering in time for the World Cup.
The appointment was officially confirmed by the Cheetahs on Sunday morning.
As director of rugby, Steyn will be responsible for actively promoting Cheetah rugby in schools and developing a junior pipeline for our future Cheetah players.
He will oversee rugby operations, contributing to the team’s strategy, player development, and the pursuit of excellence on and off the field.
“My initial focus will be to actively promote Cheetah rugby at school and junior level,” Steyn told Sunday newspaper Rapport
“I look forward to working closely with (Chief Operating Officer) MJ Smith to elevate the rugby program and build on the proud history of the Cheetahs.”
Steyn, who returned to the Cheetahs from Montpellier in 2020, is reportedly still on the union’s payroll and has indicated that he and his family are settled in Bloemfontein.
The Cheetahs recently completed a four-match series against Australian side Western Force and will be in action in the European Challenge Cup in December.
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