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Carel named WP head coach

2002-11-28 21:31

Cape Town - Carel du Plessis and Jerome Paarwater are to take over the reins as Western Province coaches next year.

Du Plessis takes over as head coach from Gert Smal while Paarwater will return form Italy next season to coach the Province forwards.

Smal lead Province to Currie Cup glory in 2000 and 2001 but his extended responsibilities as the Super 12 coach to the Stormers has made it impossible for him to continue coaching Western Province.

The four Super 12 coaches are now in the employment of SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd and as part of their new job description they would serve on the technical advice committee of the Springbok team.

Du Plessis, who was known as the Prince of Wings in his playing days, would be chief coach for the first time since he coached the Springboks in 1997.

Although the Springboks only won three out of eight Tests with him as coach, he is widely regarded as the architect of the Bok team that equalled the world record in 1998 by winning 17 Tests on the trot.

Du Plessis returned to coaching in 2000 as Smal's assistant coach for Western Province and the Stormers.

Paarwater has been coaching the Italian club Viadana for the last couple of months and his decision to return to the Cape was motivated by two factors.

"My son Joel is going to school next year and I had to think of his future. However I also want to coach at a higher level and by joining Western Province I would get that chance."

The former Province loose forward played alongside Du Plessis in his day and also served on the Stormers coaching team with him earlier this year.

Paarwater said he is signed by Viadana for three years, but his contract provided an opportunity for him to reassess his options at the end of this season.