Toyota Cheetahs Kicking and Skills Coach, Albert Keuris, will be assisting the Italian National side from 20 to 28 January as a consultant at the training camp in preparation for the Guinness Six Nations.

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Keuris, who will be focusing on skills and kicking, has an sound record coaching the Shimla Varsity Cup Winners in 2015 (77% kicking accuracy), the Toyota Cheetahs in 2016 SuperRugby (81% kicking accuracy), Toyota Free State Cheetah Currie Cup Winners in 2016 (82% kicking accuracy) as well as the 2017 SuperRugby team where he worked with two of the top three kickers in the competition; Niel Marais (89%) and Fred Zeilinga (85%).

In 2017/18 Guinness PRO14 season, Fred Zeilinga won the Golden Boot (85% accuracy), which was the best statistic in a decade of PRO Rugby, with two other players also in the Top 10 with 83% accuracy.

In the 2018 Currie Cup the Toyota Cheetahs had the second highest kicking success in the competition and Tian Schoeman slotted the most conversions in the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 seasons. In 2019 the Toyota Free State Cheetahs won the Currie Cup with a kicking rate of 80%.

Italy will be facing Wales in their first Six Nations match on Saturday, 1 February under the interim head coach, and former Toyota Cheetahs head coach, Franco Smith.

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