Drotske steps down as Cheetahs coach

Date published: May 8 2015

Cheetahs head coach Naka Drotské will step down at the end of the Super Rugby season to take up a position overseas.

The 44-year-old has been in charge of the Cheetahs for eight years, but has decided to walk away after a tough campaign which has seen them fall to the bottom of the South African conference.

A former Springbok hooker, Drotské was part of South Africa's World Cup winning side in 1995, while as a coach he led the Cheetahs to the Super Rugby play-offs for the first time in 2013.

"Free State Rugby honours Naka Drotske for his enormous contribution to Free State and Cheetah Rugby and wishes him all of the best for the future," read a statement from the franchise.

"The name ‘Naka Drotske’ will live on as a legend in the history of Free State and Cheetah Rugby.”

Franco Smith, the former Treviso coach, will take over from Drotské as Cheetahs coach.