Former Springbok flyhalf Braam van Straaten has left the Sharks to join the Kings’ backroom staff as a defence and kicking coach.
Van Straaten, who played 21 Test matches for the Boks between 1999 and 2001, joins the Kings after serving the Durban franchise in a similar capacity.
‘We have set our sights on creating a quality side at the Southern Kings that boasts not only quality players but quality coaching personnel as well,’ chair Loyiso Dotwana said. ‘As such, we have ensured that we recruit some of the best specialists in key management positions – and Braam is one of those internationally sought-after individuals we are proud to have brought on board.
‘He comes with a great track record, and we are looking forward to him making a great contribution to key areas of play – defence and kicking. He will obviously work closely with our Director of High Performance, Robbie Kempson, and our soon-to-be-appointed head coach.’
Dotwana added that interviews for the Kings head coach position have officially commenced.
‘At this stage we cannot divulge the list of candidates on our shortlist as some of these applicants are still under contract elsewhere. We are, however, quite pleased with the calibre of interviewees who have been shortlisted.
‘We have no doubt that the successful candidate will be the right fit for the direction this franchise is embarking on. We hope to make an announcement on the new head coach by the end of July.’