Os du Randt has signed a six-month contract with the Springboks as scrum coach.
It was reported on keo.co.za in April during the Super 14 that the Boks had approached the former loosehead prop with a coaching position. After lengthy contract negotiations, the two parties agreed terms last weekend.
Du Randt said he wants to help improve the Boks’ pack at scrum time after inconsistent performances last season.
‘Springbok head coach Peter de Villiers approached me in January with the offer because he believes I have the players’ respect and I will bring something extra to the team as I was part of two successful World Cups [1995 and 2007]. I accepted it because it’s always a honour being part of the Springbok team,’ Du Randt told keo.co.za.
‘I’m hoping to make a big impact with the guys this season. If all goes well and the scrum improves, I could stay on next season for the World Cup. But my focus is on this year right now.
‘I will work closely with forwards coach Gary Gold. We haven’t worked together before but I’m sure things will go well between us.’
Du Randt did not travel with the Boks to Cardiff for the clash against Wales on Saturday. His duties will start during the preparations for the Test against France on 12 June.
The inclusion of Du Randt in the Boks’ management could influence John Smit’s stay at hooker as Du Randt believes the skipper’s best position is in the No 2 jersey.
The two-time World Cup-winning prop also confirmed that his Bok appointment will end his scrum coach tenure with the Cheetahs.
‘I won’t be with the Cheetahs for the Currie Cup. I might help out next year for the Super 15, but we will still have to negotiate and see if they have the money for my services.’
By Gareth Duncan