Conor O’Shea faces further setback as coach reportedly quits

Brendan Venter and Franco Smith will join the Springbok coaching staff, according to reports coming out of South Africa.

After a dismal year for the Springboks in 2016, South African Rugby Union (SARU) has been desperate to change the make up of the South African coaching staff.


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And according to the Rapport, Smith and Venter will join the team ahead of the team’s first training camp next week.

Venter was originally signed to serve as Italy’s defensive coach but has apparently been coaxed out of the contract by SARU.

Venter was in Italy’s coaching team when South Africa suffered a shock defeat to the Azzurri last year.

While SA Rugby is yet to make an official announcement, the expectation is that Allister Coetzee will be retained as Springbok coach.

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