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SA Rugby – Nhleko and Ngcobo promoted to head coaches


There has been some changes in SA Rugby Sevens and Junior Rugby coaching roles with two coaches that have been promoted into new roles after serving as assistant coaches.

Bafana Nhleko will take over the head coach role at the Junior Springboks while Sandile Ngcobo is now the new head coach for the SA Rugby Sevens Academy.

“We’re committed to ensuring there is a development pipeline for our coaches and with Bafana and Sandile, we’ve accomplished that as both have been in our systems for some time,” said Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of Rugby.

“Bafana first joined the Junior Springbok coaching structures as an assistant coach in 2018 and he will now take over the reins from Chean Roux, who will remain involved with our Under-20 Academy.

“Sandile, who played for the Blitzboks when they won back-to-back HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series titles in 2017 and 2018, has been assisting Marius Schoeman since he hung up his boots and with Marius now basically overseeing our sevens programme, it made sense to promote Sandile into the role of head coach.”

Even though the World Rugby U20 Championship has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, Nhleko was excited about the prospect to take over the head coach role.

“Yes, it’s disappointing that we won’t have a World Champs this year, but age-group rugby is a different beast and I’m very excited to get stuck in as soon as possible,” said Nhleko.

“I really enjoy the challenges and pleasures of working with the youngsters, especially in South Africa where we have a rich heritage of wonderful junior players.”


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