SCOTLAND have added South African Alan-Basson [AB] Zondagh to Gregor Townsend’s teaching group, based on studies within the French media.
The 35-year-old – whose taking part in profession was reduce brief by a browsing accident – has been a abilities coach with present French High 14 champions Toulouse since 2019, having beforehand spent 12 years working in Tremendous Rugby with Natal Sharks, and seems to be a like-for-like alternative for Mike Blair, who left the nationwide set-up to take over as head coach at Edinburgh final month.
He guided the Toulouse academy squad to the French Espoirs title earlier this 12 months.
Though not but confirmed by Scottish Rugby, Zondagh knowledgeable the Toulouse squad of the transfer after Friday evening’s match towards Toulon, and the news was made public on social media the place gamers have expressed their good needs.
Arthur Bonneval mentioned: “We’ll miss you!”, Thomas Ramos said: “Thanks coach! Good luck my buddy”, and Antoine Dupont added: “Thanks for everything”. In response, Zondagh mentioned: “I’ll miss you. You’re formidable athletes, however above all formidable human beings!”.
Zondagh’s data of South African rugby can be significantly helpful to Scotland through the subsequent couple of years as a result of they are going to play the Springboks in November as a part of the Autumn Nations Sequence and face them once more within the pool levels of the 2023 World Cup in France.
Zondagh earned his teaching spurs below the tutelage of his father, Alan, whose lengthy profession took in stints working with Western Province, London Scottish, Saracens and the Bulls.
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