Western Province rugby is taking transformation at the union to the next level.
And for this reason they have revised their coaching and management structures for the season.
In a statement released on Tuesday night, Western Province said: “With a clear focus on meeting and exceeding its transformation objectives, Western Province Rugby has revised its coaching and team management structures.”
The new structure sees former WP U21 coach and also Kenya national team boss Jerome Paarwater named as the new SuperSport Challenge coach for the season.
Paarwater will be assisted by backline coach Nazeem Adams, forwards coach Rito Hlungwani and defence coach Chris October.
Naasier Parker will take care of the strength and conditioning of the team, while Elliot Hanabe was named technical analyst and Cassiem Barnes as the new team manager.
Of the changes, WP CEO Paul Zacks says: “The new structure provides a foundation for a motivated and wholly transformed SuperSport Rugby Challenge coaching and management team and it is great to see our home-grown coaches step up and I look forward to seeing them perform at the elite level.”
Former SuperSport Challenge coach John Dobson, who will be promoted to the head coaching position of the Stormers next season, will say goodbye to the team entirely.
Dobson is still the Currie Cup coach and will also help the SuperSport Challenge team at the breakdowns.
Further assistance will be provided by Kiwi Paul Feeney (skills and exits), Gareth Wright (kicking) and former hooker Hanyani Shimange will help the team as a consultant.
Zacks says that the new structure will also help to give the players more individual attention.
He adds: “This new structure means that players will get more individual attention, while we continue to support and develop our coaches to build quality, motivated and transformed coaching and playing teams for the future.”