WP secures Nienaber signature


Renowned defence guru Jacques Nienaber has signed a three-year deal with Western Province Rugby, which will keep him in Cape Town until 2016.

Regarded as the best defensive coach in rugby union, with the statistics at Vodacom Super Rugby and Absa Currie Cup level to back those claims up, Nienaber is a key member of the coaching staff in Cape Town.

“I believe in what Allister and the team are trying to achieve here,” said Nienaber. “We’re not the finished product, by any means, but we’re working hard here (to get there). I believe in Allister and the top-notch players we have at our disposal and I have no doubt we will get there.”

Nienaber has been in great demand in rugby circles in recent months, with the Bulls making him an offer to join their set-up in Pretoria, and he admitted: “It’s easy to get stale perhaps and it’s tough to keep the players listening and perfecting themselves at training after so many years in the same job.

“But the great thing for me is that two thirds of the team (from the Vodacom Super Rugby season) is still so young, many of whom are in fact still eligible for the Under-21 team. They can only get better as we work together more.”

DHL Stormers and Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee lauded Nienaber’s impact on his teams.

“Jacques’ results speak for themselves,” said Coetzee, “but his work here goes way beyond what we see out there on the field on game-day.

“He’s a key member of our coaching staff and I’m delighted that he’s pledged his future to WP Rugby.”

Thirty-nine-year-old Nienaber was born in Kimberley. He joined Western Province from the Free State Cheetahs in 2007.

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  1. Can Province please get a new backline coach? I could not believe my eyes watching the Griquas game and seeing Fleck swearing out loud when Province decided to take a chnce and go for a try instead of the three points for a penalty. At the time the three points would have meant Province would end within 7 points and thus get the bonuspoint. They did score from the move and went on to win the game.

    If this is your backline coach’s attitude in a Currie Cup game it is now wonder Province and Stormers players are playing such limited rugby when a win is on the cards.

  2. Good on Western Province for retaining Nienaber – the Stormers defence was the best in S15 under his watch. You have to wonder what they had to offer to keep the Bulls vultures off him or does he just prefer the Cape lifestyle?

  3. Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 8:39 am:
    Jip, it is unfair of Kevin to expect players with Springbok aspirations to go unnoticed for a whole season in the Vodacom Cup.

    He hope he is not asking for loyalty from these players as the Lions management are very quick to fire coaches if they do not perform according to expectations. The Lions rugby union have not been performing for ages, so the same should apply.

  4. come back home Jaques ! FS need you

    Jy kan Naka se sit plek he