2017 Super Rugby Kicks Off – Legendary Coaches On The Sidelines

This weekend the 2017 Super Rugby season has kicked off with some exciting line-ups and clashes. What is perhaps most interesting about this year’s tournament is that of the 18 coaches at the helm, 11 of them are rugby playing legends in their own right, having played in the tournament themselves for a variety of the franchises.

Here’s an interesting fact sheet on these stats.

11 coaches with Super Rugby playing experience
9 played in the debut year of the tournament in 1996

Stephan Larkam – Brumbies coach
1996 – 2007 – Brumbies
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Nick Stiles – Queensland Reds
1999 – 2005 – Queensland Reds
Prop

Daryl Gibson – Waratahs coach
1996 – 2002 – Crusaders
Centre

Tana Umaga – Blues coach
1996 – 2007 – Hurricanes
2011 – Chiefs
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Scott Robertson – Crusaders coach
1996 – 2002
Loose-forward

Tony Brown – Highlanders coach
1996 – 2004 – HIghlanders
2006 – The Sharks
2008 – Stormers
2011 – Highlanders
Flyhalf

Franco Smith – Cheetahs coach
1998 – 1999 – Bulls
2002 – Bulls
Flyhalf / Centre

Robbie Fleck – Stormers coach
1995 – 2003 – Stormers
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Filo Tiatia – Sunwolves coach
1996 – 2001 – Hurricanes
Eighthman / Flank

Johan Ackermann – Lions coach
1996 – 1997 – Bulls
1999 – 2001 – Lions
2004 – 2008 – The Sharks
Lock

Robert du Preez – Sharks coach
1996 – 1997 – Sharks
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