The Sharks have confirmed the appointment of Gary Gold as their new director of rugby and Brendan Venter as a technical director.
The Sharks have confirmed the appointments of Gary Gold as their new director of rugby and Brendan Venter as a technical director.
47-year-old Gold, is a former Springbok assistant coach, who is currently head coach of Japanese Top League club Kobelco Steelers, has signed a three-year contract, spanning 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The Sharks CEO John Smit said: “Gary is an experienced coach who brings a wealth of knowledge and an impressive level of commitment to his new role.
“Having worked closely with him in the Springbok set-up, I found him to be approachable with a high regard for player welfare and management as well as meticulous attention to detail in regard to the game. We are delighted that he has agreed to join The Sharks family.”
Reacting to his appointment, Gold said: “It is a massive honour and really humbling to be considered for such a position. I see it as a really exciting career opportunity, and it’s fantastic to be able to move home where my family is.
“But it was important for me to sort everything out with my Japanese club, and fortunately they were very understanding.”
Venter, who Gold worked with at London Irish, will be back with the Sharks after previously working at the Durban-based outfit as a consultant.
Confirming Venter’s role, Smit said: “The team environment he created and the success he achieved with us in a short space of time speaks volumes about his character, commitment and general rugby acumen. As I have previously stated, we will do whatever we can to keep him involved with us for as long as possible.”