Following the departure of Hawies Fourie to the Cheetahs, FNB Maties have named Drikus Hancke as their new head coach.
The 40-year-old Hancke, who served under Fourie over the last four years as forwards coach, wore the maroon jersey in his time as a student at Maties after which he played for South Africa Under-23, Eastern Province, Western Province, the Lions and Montpellier in professional rugby.
“This is a massive honour. I’m a proud Matie. This is a club with a proud tradition and history and to be the Maties coach is something special for sure. I do realise that with all this comes a huge amount of responsibility, but I’m keen to take it on,” Hancke told Maties Sport Mediafollowing his promotion.
“I enjoy working at Maties. The players and the management provide a great working environment and it’s a pleasure to be part of it all. I’m looking forward to to taking the next step. Working with the guys is fun and it’s a very exciting prospect to be the head coach.”
Professor Mohammad Karaan, President of the Maties Rugby Club, welcomed Hancke as head coach and said: “Drikus is the eternal student of the game of rugby. He especially impressed with his analysis and knowledge of the game. He has the special ability to get the best out of his players and to work as part of a team with the various individuals. We are looking forward with confidence and expectation to his career as head coach.”
Adds Quintin van Rooyen, Senior Sport Manager: Maties Rugby: “Drikus works well with the student-athletes and understand the academic challenges with rugby commitments.”
Norman Jordaan will be assistant coach to Hancke while other consultants and coaches were retained. Kabamba Floors is the new Head Coach of Maties Juniors.
By Maties Sport Media