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Treu to replace Smal as WP rugby director?

2019-01-28 08:19

Cape Town – Stormers assistant coach Paul Treu is being connected with the rugby position director.

Netwerk24 reported on Sunday that the chairman of the province of Rugby Football Union West, Zelt Marais, is looking forward to see Treu named in the position to replace Gert Smal.

Smal's contract with the union expires in October and no discussion was conducted with him about his future.

Treu was the subject of much controversy in late 2018 when he accused Stormer's coach, led by trainer Robbie Fleck, of discrimination.

An independent review clarified Fleck and the management team of any irregularities, but now it seems that the relationship between Treu and his colleagues soured.

There have been talks that Treu will not be part of Stormers' management this season and the Afrikaans publication stated that Marais, elected WP president last November, would like Treu to be promoted to rugby director.

The Stormer have not yet confirmed their team of coaches for the 2019 Super Rugby season, and the report added that concerned senior players have discussed with the DHL sponsor about the Treu issue because it caused disharmony behind the scenes.

The Marais camp also wants the former Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, to get involved with the union.

The Stormers start their Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, February 16th.

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