Kraaifontein local Warren Abrahams made history on Wednesday when he became Wales Rugby Union’s first ever black national team coach.
The Capetonian, who played club rugby for Durbell and Maties in the Mother City, was named the head coach of the Wales women’s team.
Abrahams, a former USA women’s Sevens assistant coach as well as a member of England men’s Sevens coaching team for four year years, signed a three-year deal.
He says of his appointment: “It’s my first international 15s head coach role at this level but I feel I’ve seen, experienced and learned enough to create a high performance environment that provides memorable experiences.
“We have around 38 weeks before we’re due to get on a plane to New Zealand [for the Rugby World Cup], which is not long but in the current climate we have to cherish the time and resources we have as you never know what’s in store.”
WRU CEO Steve Phillips adds: “Warren Abrahams and [assistant coach] Rachel Taylor are key, strategic appointments for us.
“The current pandemic has impacted all areas of our organisation. However, it is vital women’s sport isn’t disproportionately affected and we took the important decision to continue with the planned investments.”