Gary Gold has been appointed Sharks director of rugby, with Brendan Venter returning to the union as technical director.
Gold, who is currently head coach of Japanese club Kobe Kobelco Steelers, has signed a three-year contract, spanning 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was previously Bath's director of rugby, and the Bok forwards coach when current Sharks CEO John Smit was captain.
'Gary is an experienced coach who brings a wealth of knowledge and an impressive level of commitment to his new role,' said Smit. 'Having worked closely with him in the Springbok set-up, I found him to be approachable with a high regard for player welfare and management as well as meticulous attention to detail in regard to the game. We are delighted that he has agreed to join the Sharks family.'
Reacting to his appointment, Gold stated: 'It is a massive honour and really humbling to be considered for such a position. I see it as a really exciting career opportunity, and it’s fantastic to be able to move home where my family is. But it was important for me to sort everything out with my Japanese club, and fortunately they were very understanding.'
Confirming the new role of Venter, who coached the Sharks to last year's Currie Cup title during a short stint in charge, Smit said: 'The team environment he created and the success he achieved with us in a short space of time speaks volumes about his character, commitment and general rugby acumen. As I have previously stated, we will do whatever we can to keep him involved with us for as long as possible.'
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