Following the recent resignation of GPS Rugby’s Director of Rugby (DOR) of the last two years, Dan Nethery, the club began its search for his replacement. As the inaugural DOR, Dan has set a strong platform for his successor, as the club turns its focus toward developing a leading Rugby Development Program, for coaches and players from U6 through to Senior grades. Beginning with the lifeblood of our great club – the largest Junior section in Rugby, the DOR will work with both the Junior and Senior Rugby Committees, as well as input from the extraordinary network of expert Rugby people connected to GPS Rugby, to design and deliver a world class program that clearly defines the “GPS Way” of playing and coaching Rugby, but provides the tools for our 2000+ players, coaches and volunteers to achieve success.
In response to our advertisement for this role, an extraordinary field quickly emerged from both inside and outside of the club’s ranks. From the highest levels of the game, and all corners of the globe, a shortlist of candidates with Super Rugby and equivalent levels of experience was established. From this group, we are delighted to announce that Elwee Prinsloo was the successful candidate, and that he has recently begun his transition into the role, as Dan finishes up at the end of October.
Many would be familiar with Elwee already, through his role in 2017 as GPS Rugby Premier Grade Assistant to Anthony Mathison. He came to GPS after coaching at the Western Force as an Assistant to the Super Rugby team, and as Forwards Coach of the NRC title winning Perth Spirit side. In 2017, Elwee has also consulted to Nick Styles at the Reds and served as Assistant Coach at Brisbane City NRC.
After seeing the DOR role announced, Elwee decided to apply for the role, and presented a very clear vision of what he saw could be achieved at GPS Rugby in the coming years. After quickly embracing the GPS culture, he enthusiastically expressed his desire to “take a great club and make it greater”. He will undoubtedly bring a strong combination of empathy toward the club and its culture and tradition, and a fresh set of ideas to the role.
“My family and I have quickly become a part of the GPS family, and I am excited to bring my own experiences, as well as harnessing the huge amount of skills within the GPS community, to enable me to drive the GPS Rugby program, from U6 to Premier Grade, to the next level. I believe firmly that we must get the foundations right first, and so my immediate priorities will be adding structure to the programs for our 250+ Junior coaches to provide the very best Rugby experience for our sons and daughters”
GPS Rugby President, John Richards, added “Elwee has made an impact already in his short time at the club, and his passion for the place was evident as he emerged from an extraordinarily strong field for this critical role at our club. We look forward to Elwee working with our exceptional group of coaches and players, all the way through the club, to make it not only a very successful program, but an enjoyable place for people to take part in Rugby.”
GPS Rugby would like to thank Dan Nethery for his strong efforts over the last two years at Yoku Rd, and wish him well as he goes into the world of school sports admin.