Joey Mongalo To Coach Sharks Currie Cup

Joey Mongalo, the man behind the Bulls’ defensive steel in recent years, will take over as the Sharks’ head coach in the Curry Cup next season, confirmed the union on Monday.

Sean Everitt will continue to be the head coach of the Sharks United Rugby Championship campaign and coach of the Springbok Sevens. Neil Powell will oversee all coaches as Director of Rugby and will arrive in Kings Park in time for the start of the new European campaign in September.

Mongalo, a University of Pretoria Masters graduate, will get a chance to become a head coach again by winning the Under-19 Curry Cup with the Lions in 2016 and 2017.

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His work as the Bulls’ defensive coach since June 2020 has been highly acclaimed, with the franchise dominating local rugby with back-to-back Curry Cup wins and also reaching the URC final this year.

Etienne Finn, who managed a disappointing Sharks Currie Cup campaign this year, will serve as scrum/forwards coach under Mongalo. The rest of Mongalo’s coaching staff will be made up of former Springbok forwards JP Petersen and Lwazi Mwovo, as well as former Sharks U20 head coach Mike Vowles and former forward Luvuyiso Lusaseni.

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The URC team has been strengthened by the signing of former France and Bayonne head coach Yannick Bru, who will take on the role of warm-up coach. Brew won the European Cup twice with Toulouse, a team for which he also worked as an assistant coach for five years before becoming the coach of the French strikers.

Brew’s extensive knowledge of European rugby will obviously go a long way for the Sharks as they tackle problems with English and French clubs for the first time next season. He will be joined by Warren Whiteley, Five Nomlomo, Noel McNamara and Akshventi Giorgadze as URC Assistant Coaches.

Powell’s arrival after the World Sevens Championship in September will complete new dawn of coaching at Kings Park.

“Neil will be at the helm to develop and oversee all of the rugby structures at the Sharks, and to make sure our teams are aligned in terms of certain coaching DNA,” said Sharks CEO Edouard Coetzee.

“He will implement and manage an effective plan to achieve the goals of the franchise, which is ultimately about winning trophies. He will oversee the Rugby United Championship as well as our first foray into the Champions Cup,” Coetzee added.

“As a globally respected and respected coach, we are confident that he will bring the very best out of his players and bring the Sharks to victory. We look forward to having him join us before the start of the URC season in September.

“Even though we have qualified for the URC playoffs and qualified for the Champions Cup, we want to be even more competitive. A solid foundation has been laid, and it’s time for us to build from that.”