Plumtree to further his career overseas

2013-07-01 00:00

DISCARDED Sharks coach John Plumtree has been lost to South African rugby.

Plumtree, who was voted the top coach in South Africa seven months ago, but had his contract terminated by incoming Sharks CEO John Smit two weeks ago, confirmed at the weekend that he would further his career overseas.

The 47-year-old, who has coached the Sharks to five finals and two Currie Cup titles since 2008, said he would be working with SuperSport until his children finish school this year.

“I’ll then be moving overseas,” he added.

The New Zealand-born Plumtree, who has been involved at King’s Park as a player and coach since 1988, said that the Sharks remained his family and he could not stay in South Africa and coach any other team.

“As a professional coach, you don’t always get to choose the way you exit and I’m sorry it had to end this way.

“I will miss so much about Durban and King’s Park. It was a privilege to coach here.”

While the respected coach Brendan Venter was initially named by Smit as Plumtree’s replacement, Brad MacLeod-Henderson and Sean Everitt will be in charge of the Sharks’ Currie Cup squad.

“I would like to wish Brad and Sean and the players all the best for the Currie Cup,” Plumtree said.

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