Kobus and Jerome Stay for Currie Cup as Evaluation Is Delayed

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KOBUS van der Merwe and Jerome Paarwater have been retained as Western Province coaches for the Currie Cup season.

There has been intense speculation about their futures after the Stormers ended in a lowly 10th position in this year's Super 14. But yesterday, WP Rugby Union (WPRU) chief executive Theuns Roodman said that the WPRU executive on Monday night decided to allow Van der Merwe and Paarwater to complete their contracts, which end after the Currie Cup season.

The evaluation of the Stormers team, though, has not been conducted yet. "The players and management team are on holiday until May 28, when they reconvene to prepare for the Currie Cup. So the company carrying out the evaluation was unable to do its work," said Roodman.

Paarwater yesterday said that he was unaware that his and Van der Merwe's positions were under threat, as WPRU president Tobie Titus had told both that their jobs were secure for the Currie Cup season.

"We are both contracted until the end of the Currie Cup season. It has just been speculation that our jobs were under threat. No-one from the WP executive told us that we might lose our jobs. The president (Titus) gave us his word. …