SARU Mobi Unit providing training for EP Kings

BY MARC JACOBSON - JANUARY 20, 2016

The SA Rugby Mobi Unit began an intensive week of training on Monday in the EP Kings’ camp at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Amongst those working with the Kings this week are Pieter De Villiers, former French international, who will focus on scrumming; Louis Koen, former Springbok fly half, who will concentrate on kicking tactics and tactical play; as well as Jacques Nienaber, highly regarded former Springbok and WP defensive coach, who will delegate defensive play.

The Mobi Unit had been established by SA Rugby in 2013 to assist elite teams at all ages under the leadership of Rassie Erasmus.

Southern Kings head coach, Deon Davids, told local radio station, Algoa FM News, that he was excited to have the SA Rugby Mobi Unit working with the team.

“We must understand that nowadays in rugby, it’s not about one person, it’s a team sport. If you can draw from experience, in terms of people adding value to what you are doing, it would be silly not to use it,” he said.

Davids said the Mobi Unit had very talented individuals who could make positive contributions to the Southern Kings squad, under the guidance of Erasmus, whom he described as an excellent strategist.

“If I can take my ideas and can link it to what the consultants from the Mobi Unit can bring to the team, it can only be to the benefit of the players.”

“Every decision we take has to be in the interest of the players, I believe that we have to give the player everything you have available to him, you will get the best out of him, and I believe that if you do that, it will ensure the team as a whole will perform better.”

“Quality coaching is part of that, and I’m looking forward to having the Mobi Unit here,” he said to Algoa FM News.

Davids’ day to day coaching team includes Mzwandile Stick (backline coach), Barend Pieterse (forwards coach) and Nadus Niewoudt (conditioning coach), while Zingi Hela, the manager of the Border Academy, has been appointed team manager. The medical team is Dr Konrad von Hagen and physiotherapist is Kim Naidoo.