Current Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck will leave the Cape Town franchise at the end of the 2019 campaign. He will be replaced by Western Province Currie Cup coach John Dobson.

Fleck is in his fourth year in charge of the Stormers, but has not managed to get the team past the quarter-final.

He was appointed following Eddie Jones’s brief two-week stay at Newlands in 2015, after which the latter moved to England. Fleck led the side to the knockout stages in his first two Super Rugby seasons before a disappointing 11th-place finish in 2018.

Dobson coached the Western Province side to the Currie Cup trophy in 2017 and runner-up in 2018.

“In addition to ensuring the Stormers’ success on the field, one of Dobson’s key focus areas will be driving transformation in the Stormers’ future coaching and management teams,” Western Province Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks said in a media statement on Tuesday.

“There is a clear succession and development plan now in place and the opportunities created within the new structure will put us in a stronger position going forward” said Zacks.

The Stormers also confirmed the departure of Director of Rugby Gert Smal to Toyota Verblitz in Japan. Smal will leave the Stormers at the end of March. His roles and responsibilities will be collectively handled by the CEO, the Senior Professional Head Coach and the High Performance Manager.

Meanwhile, the Stormers have also confirmed their management for the 2019 season.

Riefaat Jappie (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Norman Laker (Defence Coach), and Dawie Snyman (Assistant Coach – Backs) come into the set-up, joining head coach Fleck, Russell Winter (Assistant Coach – Forwards), Human Kriek (Technical Analyst) and Team Manager Chippie Solomon.


Written by Carl Coertzen

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