Laurian Johannes-Haupt Appointed Springbok Women’s Assistant Coach

Laurian Johannes-Haupt has been formally enlisted by SA Rugby to become an integral part of the team as an assistant coach in preparation for the WXV tournament scheduled for October. Photo: Women Boks (X)

Laurian Johannes-Haupt has been formally enlisted by SA Rugby to become an integral part of the Springbok Women as an assistant coach in preparation for the WXV tournament scheduled for October.

Johannes-Haupt temporarily held the position of interim assistant coach for the women’s team earlier this year.

The former national player initially assumed the role of interim forwards coach in March, accompanying the national squad to Spain and Madagascar. 

Nevertheless, in anticipation of the upcoming WXV event in South Africa this October, interim head coach Louis Koen has bolstered his coaching team by appointing Johannes-Haupt and Franzel September as assistant coaches, with September officially joining the squad just last month.

“I feel really blessed and honoured to be in this position, especially in this team, who I played for until 2014. I was always going to go into coaching after that, but never with a particular team in the future scope” Johannes-Haupt said in the official media statement.

“It is also important for women to make the step-up into the senior coaching ranks, and this will be a compliment for women’s sports in general, so I am really pleased in that regard”.

Johannes-Haupt, who also serves as the Junior Springbok Women’s head coach, accompanied the national squad to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last year as a participant in World Rugby’s coaching internship program. According to the former Springbok Women prop, this valuable experience significantly deepened her enthusiasm for coaching.

“That was a wonderful programme and I learned a lot from the diverse views on offer,” said Laurian

“Rugby is a continuous path of learning, with new trends, techniques and developments in the game and I am happy to be a student of it”.

“Our focus is on the team and how to get the best out of the players for the WXV tournament in the next month of preparation”.

Laurian Johannes-Haupt’s journey from a former national player to interim coach and now assistant coach exemplifies the commitment of South African rugby to fostering talent and strengthening the women’s game. 

As the WXV tournament approaches, the inclusion of Johannes-Haupt and Franzel September in the coaching staff signals a promising future for the Springbok Women’s team.

Photo 1 Caption: Laurian Johannes-Haupt has been formally enlisted by SA Rugby to become an integral part of the team as an assistant coach in preparation for the WXV tournament scheduled for October. Photo: Women Boks (X)

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