Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has sent his well wishes to forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot, who has officially joined Allister Coetzee in the Springbok coaching team yesterday.
Proudfoot, who followed Coetzee from Cape Town to Japan, will be reunited with the Bok boss in the Green and Gold, serving as an additional assistant coach.
Of his appointment, his former colleague Fleck says: “I’m very happy for Matt, he’s an excellent coach and he’s going to do a great job at the Springboks.
“It’s good to see him back in Cape Town. Good on him, he’s worked incredibly hard.
“He’s a good acquisition for the Springboks.”
Coetzee adds of his assistant: “I know Matt very well from our coaching stints together in Cape Town and Japan and have a lot of respect for his ability to build a powerful pack and his rugby philosophy.
“I am confident that he will add a lot of value to our management staff and the coaches are looking forward to working with him.”
Proudfoot’s main responsibility at the Stormers will be looking after scrummaging, the breakdown and all the contact areas.
Commenting on his four-year deal, Proudfoot says: “I am very grateful to the Kobe Steelers for allowing me to join the Springboks.
“I enjoyed my time with them and I want to wish them all of the best for the future.”