Veteran Springbok assistant coach set to retire

Former Springbok assistant coach Alan Solomons will retire at the end of the season after a 25-year career in coaching.

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After studying law at the University of Cape Town, Solomons practised law for 20 years where he was a partner at Sonnenberg, Hoffmann & Galombik before quitting his job in 2017 take up the post of assistant coach with Western Province and the Springboks.

Solomons, now 71, contributed to one of the most successful periods in South African rugby history as Nick Mallett’s right-hand man when the Springboks went on their 17-match unbeaten streak during which time they lifted the 1998 Tri-Nations title.

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It was in 2001 that the Grey High School graduate went to Europe where he coached a whole host of teams including Ulster, Northampton Saints, Edinburgh and Bristol.

Alan Solomons was most recently at Worcester Warriors

His most recent stint was as director of rugby with Worcester Warriors where he has been since 2017.

“Alan has built an excellent platform for Steve to take things to the next level and achieve the full potential this club has to offer,” said Warriors co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham in a statement.

“Alan arrived in a consultancy role four years ago and his recruitment philosophy to develop and invest in a core of home-grown Worcester players and supplement them with X-factor talent has led to the development and retention of an exciting group of young players with more now coming through behind them in the academy.”

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