The Toyota Cheetahs scrum doctor, Daan Human, will officially be joining the Bulls where he will be helping the side in their 2019 Super Rugby campaign.
There had been wide speculation that the former Springbok front-rower would be departing the Cheetahs to take up the full-time role in Pote Human’s coaching staff.
However, Human finds himself in a very unique position whereas he will be staying with the Cheetahs for the foreseeable future. The Cheetahs and the Bulls reached an agreement where Human will be spending two days a week with the Pretoria franchise, and for the remainder of the week he will carry on with the current role.
This is most certainly a first for rugby in South Africa, and one can safely say that his also the first man to ply his trade in both the Guinness Pro14 and the Super Rugby at the same time.
When Pote Human, who is a long-serving former Free State captain, was appointed as the head coach of the Bulls late last year, he admitted to Bloemfontein Courant that his scrum was a cause for concern and that props would be high on his list of priorities.
When one takes into account how well the Cheetahs are performing in the set-piece, it hardly comes as a surprise that the former Toulouse front-ranker’s services are sought after. “I firmly believe that Daan will pay a major role in taking us forward. The great work he has done at the Cheetahs is obvious to see, and we are looking forward to him joining the Bulls family,” said Pote Human.
One has to laud the boldness of both the Cheetahs and the Bulls to step into the unknown with the unique move which ultimately may very well be very beneficial to South African rugby. This could change the way teams get coached, especially when it comes to specialist departments.
While South Africa has a very rich history of world-class props, not every single one of those players is a future coach, no matter how good they may have been on the field. Hence, a good scrum coach is an extremely rare commodity.
“The agreement with the Bulls is unique in South Africa and for the promotion of the performance of teams in South Africa. To have a scrum coach like Daan Human in both entities is a positive movement in the interest of rugby,” said the Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd, Harold Verster.
Human joins a long list of top coaches who have gone on to make their mark in world rugby, and these include Rassie Erasmus, Jacques Nienaber (both Stormers, Munster, Springboks), Niel Powell (Springbok Sevens), Brendan Venter (Springboks, Italy, USA, Sharks, Saracens, London Irish, to name a few), Rory Duncan (Worcester Warriors), Gysie Pienaar (Springboks), Nelie Smith (Springboks), Gerrie Sonnekus (Springboks), Os du Randt (Toyota Verblitz). – MORGAN PIEK