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Louis Koen, the coach of the Springbok women’s team, returns as high performance manager of SA Rugby after fulfilling the role as head coach of the team on a temporary basis.

The women’s team qualified for next year’s Rugby World Cup in England two weeks ago after winning the African Cup title in Madagascar.

Rian Oberholzer, CEO of SA Rugby, says the search for a permanent head coach has been temporarily suspended while preparations have been made in the run-up to the African Championship.

The appointment of a dedicated coach for the Springbok women is one of several initiatives that SA Rugby plans to boost participation and performance in women’s rugby.

South African rugby unions, as well as high-level executives from world rugby, recently met in Cape Town to discuss the future of women’s rugby in SA.

Oberholzer thanked Koen for his willingness to take the reins at short notice.

“Louis did a great job when there was a need for a short-term solution and his passion for coaching and the women’s game was evident,” said Oberholzer.

However, the appointment will have to be completed quickly. The WXV tournament is coming up later this year and after that the team must also seriously continue their preparation for next year’s World Cup tournament.