UAE Rugby has announced that Roelof Kotze, Performance Manager and National Coach, will be joining South Africa’s Pumas Rugby Union.
Kotze will join the Pumas as Amateur Rugby Manager, immediately after UAE Rugby’s Sri Lanka 7’s campaign (October 10th and 11th), in a role which will see him oversee and be responsible for all aspects of the union’s amateur development programmes and amateur players.
Speaking on his new appointment Kotze commented; “This (appointment) is one that I have been working toward, and, although earlier that I had planned opportunities like this simply don’t come around very often, so when they do you need to grab them with both hands.” “I would like to think I leave UAE Rugby’s development sides and national teams in better standing, and I know the programmes and players will be in good hands moving forward. I would like to thank the Federation for their complete support of my decision.” he added.
“We are very proud of this appointment for Roelof.” said UAERF’s Secretary General Qais Al Dhalai. “The Pumas sought him out, highlighting to us that his experience with developing our Emirati players, as well as his efforts with the National teams (XV’s, Men’s 7’s and U19’s), combined with his solid background and qualifications are what they need in their drive to grow their union, and its players.” “We wish him the very best for a successful future and will be keenly watching the growth of Pumas Union.” added Al Dhalai.