Chester to coach Pumas

2006-09-07 18:00

Cape Town - Former Springbok wing Chester Williams has been appointed as head coach of the Witbank-based Pumas, SuperSport has reported.

Williams will take charge of the "coal miners" on October 1, according to a media statement from the Mpumalanga Rugby Union on Thursday. He has signed a two-year contract.

Nico Swartz, CEO of the Pumas, says the union went through a lengthy selection process that included many interviews with a panel of candidates.

"The presentation Chester made to the directors was very impressive and he, in turn, accepted the offer we made to him," said Swartz.

Williams boasts an impressive playing career spanning ten years during which he overcame a number of crippling knee injuries to eventually represent South Africa in 27 Tests, scoring 14 tries.

Following his retirement Williams turned his hand to coaching and, in particular, made an impression as South Africa's Sevens coach. He has also had spells with Boland and the Cats and he recently transformed Ugandan rugby after being seconded to Kampala by SA Rugby.

Williams will take over from Chris Grobler and Danie Gerber at the Pumas, the SuperSport zone reported.