Naas Botha, regarded by many as the best flyhalf in the world in his playing days and still rated the best flyhalf South Africa has ever had, will join Hoërskool Waterkloofs coaching staff for 2012. He stopped playing in 1988 but has kept close to the game ever since.
Botha began his first-class career with Northern Transvaal in 1977, succeeding J P (Joos) le Roux in the No.10 jersey. In his first season as a Blue Bull Botha was involved in their 41-26 victory against a strong World Invitation XV and guided the Blue Bulls to a 27-12 win in the Currie Cup Final at Loftus Versfeld against Orange Free State in September.
He told members of the press that he will be coaching the first team of Hoërskool Waterkloof and also assist with the other teams. He said it was not a financial decision but rather a look at the bigger picture. The bigger picture was to return to the Blue Bulls as coach one day, "but first I've got to crawl before I can walk. My decision to join schools rugby was a rugby decision – I have a long-term plans in coaching".
Botha who is a rugby analyst for SuperSport for 18 years acknowledges that it won't be easy but he said: "I will take one step at a time."
He also said that many clubs had asked him to join them but he said: "I felt that it is better to start at school level, but being a rugby analyst is very different from being a coach. I have decided to join Hoërskool Waterkloof because they have very good rugby structures in place."
Botha will continue with his job as rugby analyst at SuperSport. He said that 90% of his job at the school will be during the week and on Saturday mornings.
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