Bok management shocks

Lions manager Peter Maimane is the new technical adviser for the Springboks.

Maimane, who played prop for the Bulls Vodacom Cup team, was initially offered the job of team manager or logistics manager. He turned down both, and was then offered the post of technical adviser, seemingly as an afterthought. The 36-year-old previously served as the Lions technical adviser last year and was also the Bulls manager in the Super 12 under coach Rudi Joubert.

Maimane said he was told of his appointment to the national team two weeks ago when the Lions were in Christchurch, while he added he was excited to help the Boks with technical matters. “I am a rugby person and I wanted a pure rugby appointment,” Maimane told from Canberra.

“My main job will be to get information on the opposition. Things such as their key decision-makers, line-outs, defence, and so on, and then to give that information to the necessary people in our team,” said Maimane.

Maimane applied for the Springboks’ managerial position in 2006 when Zola Yeye got the job instead, but is happy now to be involved in the national set-up. “I am very excited – everyone wants to serve their country at the highest level and you want to see yourself in the green and gold,” he said.

Meanwhile, Liston Ntshongwana, a prominent businessman and former diplomat, is set to be named as Springbok manager. According to members of the committee charged with appointing the national coach and his support team, the position will be a more ceremonial one than in the past.

Saru recently announced that rugby writer Andy Colquhoun would head up their communications department, but no other appointments have been officially revealed.