Laurian Johannes will become the first woman to coach a national rugby team in South Africa after she was appointed to lead the country’s Under-20 women’s side.
She will begin her duties next month with two internationals against Zimbabwe.
Speaking to eNCA, the SA Rugby chief executive officer Jurie Roux said that this was a massive achievement in the sport.
“The fact that Laurian played for the Springbok women’s team and participated in the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup before learning the ropes of coaching at Western Province makes this achievement even more meaningful"
They hope that her climb up the ranks will inspire the other female players to go into coaching as well.
The union announced two other former female players in managerial posts; ex-captain Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe to be Springbok women’s team manager and Natasha Hofmeester the Under-20 women’s team manager.
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