Fourie to coach Griquas
Free State Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie has been appointed as Griquas' new head coach for the 2014 season.
Fourie put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Kimberley-based union and will replace Pote Human, who moves to a position as head of coaching at Pretoria University next year.
The 45-year-old will remain with the Cheetahs until the conclusion of the Currie Cup tournament, joining up with the Griquas on November 1.
Despite the switch, Fourie will continue as Cheetahs assistant coach for the Super Rugby competition, and has thus appointed Peter Engledow as development coach from the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
As such, with Fourie’s absence thanks to Super Rugby duties, South African-born Engledow will assume the role of Griquas head coach for the Vodacom Cup next season.
"It is a great honour for me to be appointed as Griquas' coach," said Fourie.
"I have always wanted to again be head coach at a union and now I get the chance after six years of rugby with the Cheetahs.
"I will still be actively involved in the Cheetahs Super Rugby campaign and will therefore trust in Peter Engledow and Pieter Bergh to take the reins in my absence.
"During the Vodacom Cup, I will, however, pop in every now and again to see how things progress."
Fourie’s awareness and understanding of Super Rugby comes as a big plus for the Griquas, as he will be well-placed to judge which of the side’s players are good enough to make the step up.
This could see more of Griquas' players featuring in Super Rugby next season.
"Our main goal is to make the Cheetahs Super Rugby side an even stronger unit," added Fourie.
"We've had quality players like Willie le Roux, Lourens Adriaanse, Rynhard Landman and Ryno Barnes that have played Super Rugby for the Cheetahs this year.
"We look to get even more players from Griquas involved because it is good to have depth in certain positions."
Griquas CEO Arnie van Rooyen is pleased with Fourie’s appointment, and is thrilled that the vacancy left by Human’s departure was filled so swiftly.
We are very happy that Hawies Fourie has decided to accept an offer to coach Griquas," Van Rooyen said.
"This is another positive step, not only for us, but also for the Cheetahs Super Rugby team.
"We as unions must work together to ensure that we put out the best side. That being said, we are glad that we could obtain a coach of Hawies' calibre, specially focusing on next year's Currie Cup."