With the current DHL Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee already having confirmed his departure to Japan at the end of 2015 and with Demetri Catrakilis already having signed for Jake White’s Montpellier, the rumour mill is starting to get into full gear regarding replacements for these vital Stormers positions.
Current Hurricanes forwards coach and former Sharks head coach, John Plumtree is touted to be a favourite for the Stormers head coach position.
Johan Goosen, 2nd choice flyhalf at Racing Metro, has also been linked to a move to Cape Town, to join DHL Western Province.
Former Sharks coach John Plumtree is being linked with a move to coach the DHL Stormers in next year’s Super Rugby competition.
Plumtree is currently the assistant coach of Super Rugby log-leaders, the Hurricanes, but the New Zealander has been in connection with Western Province Director of Rugby, Gert Smal, about a possible move to Cape Town.
Allister Coetzee, the current Stormers coach, will leave the team after this year’s competition to take charge of the Kobe Kobelco Steelers in Japan.
Plumtree, 49, coached the Sharks between 2008 and 2013 before being shown the door when John Smit took over as CEO of the coastal franchise.
Other names mentioned to possibly succeed Coetzee as Stormers coach include former All Black and Golden Lions coach John Mitchell, Springbok forwards coach Johan van Graan, Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron and former Wallaby mentor Ewen McKenzie.
Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen is being linked with a move to Western Province and the Stormers.
The 22-year-old currently plays for French club Racing Metro, but he is not the No 1 flyhalf there and has also been utilised at fullback by the Parisian club.
Goosen has in recent times fallen behind Handré Pollard and Pat Lambie in the flyhalf pecking order at the Springboks and a move to the Cape could reinvigorate his career.
Should Western Province be successful in their attempts to lure the former Cheetahs pivot, he would be a welcome addition to their squad, especially with Demetri Catrakilis leaving for Montpellier in France after the completion of this year’s Currie Cup competition.
Catrakilis’s back-up, Kurt Coleman, is struggling to impose himself, while the other flyhalves at the union – Robert du Preez, Ernst Stapelberg, Jean-Luc du Plessis and Brandon Thomson – are still inexperienced.