World-class coaches to help TuksRugby team next year

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John-Laffnie de Jager - will be assisting the TuksRugby team from next year.

Two of the world’s best coaches – John Mcfarland and John-Laffnie de Jager – will be assisting the TuksRugby team from next year.

Diehard Tuks fans would be excited about Mcfarland’s appointment. He is after all considered to be one of the most experienced defence coaches in world rugby.

Mcfarland was the defence coach when Heyneke Meyer coached the Springboks. Helped the Bulls to win the SuperRugby title three times as well as Currie Cup on five occasions.

According to Nico Luus (TuksRugby head coach), Mcfarland has one of the highest work ethic’s. “To have him as part of our team will be like having a ‘rugby encyclopedia’ on the field.

De Jager’s involvement might puzzle some. He is after a tennis coach. That is precisely why Nico Luus (TuksRugby head coach) wants him to be involved.

“John-Laffnie knows how to work with individuals getting them to perform to the best of their abilities. His passion is developing ‘Champion People’. With John-Laffnie on board, we now have a coach who will focus on the individual. It is something that is often neglected.

“One of the things he said that stuck with me is: ‘When you respect your opponent, you ultimately show respect for yourself. When you respect your opponent, you will never be surprised when they play well. When you challenge your opponent to play at their best, it will bring the best out of you. It is the culture I want at TuksRugby,” Luus explained.

“As a team, our theme for next year will be – ‘Champion People who are world-class’. That goes for everyone, coaches included. I want everyone to aspire to be world-class.

That is the first step in establishing Tuks as one of the best rugby clubs.”
In his playing days, De Jager was considered to be one of the world’s best doubles players. He represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics losing in the semifinals. Contested the French and Australian Open’s mixed doubles finals as well as playing in the men’s doubles semifinals in Australia, the USA and at Wimbledon. In 2000 he was ranked 11th in the world.

De Jager went on to coach South Africa’s Davis Cup team as well as the Federation Cup Team.
He has also coached teams to win the World Team Championship on two occasions.”

Many will consider 2020 to be a year best forgotten due to the way the Covid-19 pandemic impacted on people’s lives. Luus chooses to be slightly more optimistic.

“As a coach, I had time to do things what I usually would not be able to do. The most important was to have sit-down interviews with all 105 of our current players. It was frank and open discussions in which I challenged the players to also tell me what I, as a coach, can do to improve.