Big Daan joins the elite club

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The former Toyota Cheetahs scrum coach, Daan Human, joins the Springboks in the role where he replaces Matthew Proudfoot. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The former Toyota Cheetahs scrum coach and Free State Cheetahs coach, Daan Human, has become the latest member of an elite group to join the international coaching ranks.

Human, who played his rugby for the Stormers, Toulouse and the Springboks, has been named as the new scrum coach for the Springboks where he will be replacing Matthew Proudfoot in the role. Proudfoot, who was linked with the Cheetahs’ head coach role last year, joins the Eddie Jones staff in the England international team.

Human, renowned in his playing days for his scrumming, made a massive impact as the scrum coach at the Cheetahs, and it came as no surprise when he was scooped up by the Bulls last year.

He also served as the Cheetahs head coach in the Currie Cup and was in charge of the Free State XV in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

He is just the latest of coaches who plied their trade at the union, and this elite club includes the likes of the World Cup-winning, Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber, as well as guys like Brenden Venter, and more recently, Franco Smith.

Smith left the Cheetahs three matches into the current Guinness PRO14 to replace Connor O’Shea at the head coach of the Italian national team. His first task is to guide the Azzurri during the 2020 Six Nations, which will get underway on 2 February when they face Wales in Cardiff.

Recently, Smith brought in the services of the Cheetahs kicking coach, Albert Keuris, to help out as a consultant, heading into their Six Nations campaign.
The current Springboks Sevens coach, Neil Powell, also deserves a mention as he played his rugby for the Free State before focusing his career on the Blitzboks.

Nienaber, who was the defensive coach for the Springboks under Erasmus and also plied his trade with his good friend at the Stormers and Munster, is said to be the front-runner to take over as the head coach of the Boks. It is believed that only an official statement needs to be released confirming his new role. – MORGAN PIEK