London Irish have announced that Brendan Venter is returning to the club
The former player takes up a new role of technical director with immediate effect
Venter was a member of South Africa’s World Cup-winning squad in 1995
Aviva Premiership relegated rugby club London Irish have signed Brendan Venter in the new position of Technical Director with immediate effect.
Announcing Venter’s appointment, London Irish chief executive Bob Casey said: “Not only is Brendan respected throughout the game for his expertise and experience, he has also been a steadfast friend of this club. We’re delighted that he has accepted our invitation to return to lead us through what we know will be a testing season in the Championship.
“We’re delighted that he has accepted our invitation to return to lead us through what we know will be a testing season in the Championship.”
Venter, who ranks among the most experienced and respected coaching experts in the game, renews an association with the Exiles that began in 1998 when he first signed as a centre.
Making 84 appearances during two spells with the club, Venter played a key role with Conor O’Shea in leading Irish to its first and only national trophy, the Powergen Cup in 2002.
Commenting on his appointment, Venter said: “The main reason why I decided on London Irish is because I have so many good memories and friends still at the club which made for me a sound and easy decision to be part of the club going forward. The club has
“The club has genuine ambition to compete in the Premiership and in Europe and has the foundations in place to enable it to do so. I’m looking forward to working with the players, coaches, Board and management to realise the club’s ambitions.”