Venter to steer Sharks ship

Brendan Venter’s appointment as Sharks Director of Rugby is a good one. But the decision to end John Plumtree’s Sharks coaching tenure is not.

Former Springbok and Italy coach Nick Mallett turned down an invitation for the role of Sharks Director of Rugby and Venter, formerly the head coach and Director of Rugby at Saracens, will start his job at the outset of the Currie Cup season.

Plumtree remains the Super Rugby head coach until the end of this season’s tournament but his contract has not been renewed.

Plumtree is highly rated in Europe and will in all likelihood link up with a European club or as part of a Six Nations coaching team.

Venter was at the heart of Saracens’s revival and he will definitely bring a harder edge to the Sharks rugby at all levels.

I think Venter will add value as the Director of Rugby but Plumtree still had a role to play, unless of course it was decided behind closed doors that neither of Venter, nor Plumtree felt they could work with each other.

What do you think of Venter’s appointment and Plumtree’s departure?