Ludeke to join Fiji coaching staff

Date published: July 1 2015

Frans Ludeke is set to join Fiji's coaching staff at the Rugby World Cup as an assistant coach focusing on the forwards.

The former Bulls coach will be charged with looking after lineouts and kick-offs for the Fijians, who will prepare for the tournament with the Pacific Nations Cup.

Ludeke stepped down from his role as Bulls boss after a disappointing Super Rugby campaign, but was delighted to have the opportunity to get straight back into coaching with Fiji, who are in Pool A alongside heavyweights England, Wales and Australia at the World Cup.

"I can’t tell you how excited I am, I’m going to have a new role, as assistant coach," Ludeke told Supersport.

"I will have the chance to focus on specific areas and help players in them, the pressure isn’t as great as being head coach. I’m excited about this.

"The areas I will be focusing on is the lineouts and kickoffs, and it will be great to zoom in on them and break them down. I come from a system where we had the best lineout in the last few years, we were in the top 2 in Super Rugby in the last eight years. I’m excited about it.

"It’s really amazing that this would cross my path, that this door would be opened for me.

"I am excited to work with someone with as much experience as John McKee, and to both contribute and learn from him. Also I’m excited to be working with such wonderful talented players that Fiji have. 

"They have a wonderful work ethic and amazing natural rugby talent and everything you see on television of them, the way they play and the way they act is positive. I can’t wait to start."