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Former Bok: SA not unearthing coaches

Former Bok: SA not unearthing coaches


Albert van den Berg, who has accepted an assistant teaching gig in Wales, doesn’t really feel that there are “clear teaching pathways” in South Africa.

Van den Berg left his place as forwards coach with the Lions on the finish of April, and final week was confirmed to be becoming a member of Vodacom United Rugby Championship outfit Scarlets subsequent season.

In a wide-ranging interview with Sport24, the 51-Take a look at former Springbok addressed his exit on the Lions whereas additionally highlighting the challenges dealing with younger coaches within the Republic.

“I spoke to somebody just lately at one of many unions about teaching and pathways and, in SA, I don’t really feel we now have clear teaching pathways,” Van den Berg informed Sport24.

“What I imply by that is that I began on the Sharks Academy between 2013 and 2015, so, if there was a transparent teaching pathway, together with travelling training and detailed plans, I really feel that is one thing that doesn’t exist for almost all of SA coaches.

“Alternatives do come, however if you happen to signal somebody as a coach, it’s usually a two-year stint the place, within the first 12 months, you’re nonetheless discovering your toes, getting used to gamers and programs.

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“In your second 12 months, your eyes begin to clear and get higher, but it surely’s additionally the time when different alternatives are being placed on the desk.

“You virtually need one thing like a three-plus-one-year the place you possibly can see the directed funding by the union, and you’ll see the succession plan in your remaining 12 months. You do are inclined to get stale once you’ve been with a staff for too lengthy.”

The 49-year-old parted methods with the Lions within the midst of a MyPlayers survey saga that was poorly dealt with, however harbours no ill-will towards his former employer.

“The off-field points had been purely admin and contracting issues. All of us take a look at issues otherwise, however the guys who include the options must make them work,” he mentioned.

“My frustration was purely across the implementation of options the place I felt there was no motion taken on among the stuff, as a result of we didn’t see among the issues the identical means.

“The gamers stay the asset they usually must be sorted, with every little thing in place in order that the one factor they should do is to carry out.”

Full interview

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