Number eight Nick Easter has broken his silence following his sudden exit from Harlequins last month.
Easter played 54 times for England and wore the Quins jersey for 12 seasons, making it was a natural move for him to become the defence coach.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) August 15, 2018
That role lasted for just two years, ending with John Kingston departing as director of rugby followed by forwards coach Graham Rowntree and Easter last month.
He has since joined the Sharks coaching department for the upcoming Currie Cup season, according to reports.
“I wanted to make a decision that would develop me as a coach and give me the best opportunity to learn and that was to come down to Durban.” revealed Easter exclusively to RugbyPass.
“I explained my situation to Rob du Preez and said I didn’t want to tread on anyone’s toes. I put it to him and he thought was a great idea and here I am.
“It was key to get into coaching as soon as possible and it is great to be back involved with a team that wants to achieve success.
“Northern Hemisphere coaches, for various reasons, don’t come down South very often and to be able to come here is a great opportunity.”
“Guzzy always has done defence,” added Easter.
“I said that if he wanted me to stay then I would be happy to stay. It is a big boy’s game and I understand what it’s about. Coupled with the frustrations I had last season when I didn’t feel I could really influence what was going on as much as I would have liked, made me think the best decision would be to experience a new environment. As a result, I am in Durban on my 40th.
“I love doing defence and I am helping out here at the Sharks but if you want to become the best coach possible then you have to understand all elements of the game.
“To become the best defence coach you have to know about attack and the same if you want to be the best attack coach you need to know about the defence. I loved all elements of the game and like to think I wasn’t a one-trick pony. Rugby fascinates me because it is a decision-making game.”