Connacht have appointed Dewald Senekal as their new Forwards Coach from the beginning of the 2021-22 season.
Senekal will move to The Sportsground following a spell as Forwards Coach at Stade Francais, where he replaced Paul O'Connell, while he has previously enjoyed a spell as joint head coach of Grenoble.
During his playing career, Senekal spent time with South African sides the Cheetahs and the Lions before moving to France where he featured for both Toulon and Agen. He also enjoyed a lengthy spell at Bayonne before becoming the club's forwards coach in 2015.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Connacht Rugby coaching team. I played against Connacht at The Sportsground during my time at Bayonne and was instantly struck by their loyal, passionate fanbase and, since then, the club’s infectious ambition and drive to succeed," Senekal commented.
"There’s a group of talented young players there which is a testament to the work done at all levels the last few years, and it’s my job now to help them continue their development.
"I’m very grateful to Andy and the team for giving me this opportunity, and I’m counting down the days before I make the move to the West of Ireland and begin preparations for next season.”
Head coach Andy Friend added: Following an extensive recruitment process, we are delighted to announce Dewald’s appointment to the Connacht coaching team. He is an extremely impressive individual who will add a lot to the setup, as well as providing a fresh pair of eyes and new ideas. I know the players will really enjoy working with him and the coaches likewise.
"Our coaching team is now complete with Dewald joining Pete, Mossy, Cullie and myself for the next two years, and we feel very optimistic about what we can achieve both as a group and in the club.”
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