Sharks confirm Gary Gold appointment

The 47-year-old has signed a three-year contract as the new Sharks Director of Rugby.

Former Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold was announced as the Sharks new Director of Rugby. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Former Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold was announced as the Sharks new Director of Rugby, Chief Executive Officer John Smit confirmed.

The 47-year-old Gold, who is currently head coach of top league Japanese club, Kobelco Steelers, has signed a three-year contract, spanning 2015-2017.

Smit said Gold brings with him a wealth of experience and his record speaks for itself.

"Gary is an experienced coach who brings a wealth of knowledge and an impressive level of commitment to his new role.

"Having worked closely with him in the Springbok set-up, I found him to be approachable with a high regard for player welfare and management as well as meticulous attention to detail in regard to the game. We are delighted that he has agreed to join the Sharks family."

Gold said he is honoured to have been given this massive opportunity.

"It is a massive honour and really humbling to be considered for such a position. I see it as a really exciting career opportunity, and it's fantastic to be able to move home where my family is.

"But it was important for me to sort everything out with my Japanese club, and fortunately they were very understanding."

Brendan Venter, who Gold worked with at London Irish, will also be back with the Sharks as Technical Director.

Smit said the Sharks welcome Gold and Venter to their respective roles and wish them every success.