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Cheetahs name Franco Smith's successor

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Toyota Cheetahs finally name Franco Smith's successor

It has been confirmed that Hawies Fourie (50) will take over the reins from Franco Smith as Head Coach of the Toyota Cheetahs in September.

The former backs coach of the Cheetahs has signed a 4-year contract with the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd. His earlier involvement at the Free State and his success at the University of Stellenbosch will make him a favourite amongst players and supporters.

After the position of Head Coach was advertised in May, Free State Rugby received more than 30 strong applications from all over the Rugby world. The top 6 candidates were invited to do a presentation.

Hawies’s presentation and knowledge of the game impressed the interview panel and he immediately stood out as the successful candidate to lead the Toyota Cheetahs.

The interviews were of the highest standard and Free State Rugby is pleased with how the process played out and that a top appointment was made.

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Fourie will join the Toyota Free State Cheetahs during Currie Cup as an observer, but will not be directly involved with coaching. This will afford him time to study the culture and players. He will take over full reins with his coaching staff after the last Currie Cup match.

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Toyota Cheetahs finally name Franco Smith's successor
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