Pieter Benade appointed Zimbabwe national rugby coach

Pieter Benade appointed Zimbabwe national rugby coach

By plainsman.co.za

SA: Motorvaps False Bay’s Pieter Benade has been appointed as the new head coach of the Sables, the Zimbabwean national rugby team.

The former Western Province and Pumas pivot who represented Maties, Hamilton and False Bay as a player, has been on the Zimbabwe coaching panel over the last two years.

Pieter Benade

Benade has had been a member of the Motorvaps False Bay coaching panel since his retirement in 2012, initially as Third XV coach, culminating in assistant coaching their First XV since 2019, which included a Super League A Winners Medal.

Throughout his coaching years at the Bay, Benade held dual roles at schoolboy rugby level, coaching under-15, 16 and First Team at Rondebosch Boys’ High School and the Wynberg Boys’ High School First XV as an assistant in 2022. Filling this busy bouquet, the affable rugby devotee coached the Bay’s Sevens teams with commendable success throughout his Bay career.

Born in Zimbabwe and schooled at Prince Edward in Harare, the former Craven week captain then transferred to Stellenbosch University where he completed a BA degree in sports science.

He represented Maties from 2002 until 2005, earning his WP colours during this time. After that he went off to Nelspruit where he represented the Pumas for the following two seasons, followed by two seasons at French Division two club, Limoges.

“Besides my contractual KPIs of developing Zimbabwe Rugby and succeeding on the pitch, I want to look after the social upliftment of locally (Zimbabwe) based players, while striving for rugby excellence nationally, delivering to Zimbabwe, a team of which they can be proud,” said Benade.

“I learnt a tremendous amount at False Bay, dealing and playing with Reserve League players whose primary aim is participation only, while at first teams of clubs and schools, you mix in a high-performance element into the environment. I have learnt so many lessons over 13 years at the Bay that can be transferred to what my new goals and challenges are,” he said.