Reece-Edwards sacked by Sharks
May 16, 2000

Natal have fired coach Hugh Reece-Edwards after the Sharks finished last in the Super 12 rugby union series.

"It was unanimously decided to request Reece-Edwards to stand down with immediate effect," Natal Rugby Union (NRU) management board chairman Keith Parkinson said after a board meeting. "This decision was taken in light of this year's disastrous Super 12 campaign and after personal representations by Reece-Edwards at the meeting."

Assistant-coach Jake White will take temporary charge but Parkinson said the Sharks were urgently seeking a permanent replacement. Their first Currie Cup South African domestic match is on July 29.

The Sharks reached the Super 12 semi-finals in 1998, finished seventh in 1999 but slumped to the bottom this year, having lost nine of their 11 matches with just one win
and a draw.

Former Natal fullback Reece-Edwards took over as coach after last year's Currie Cup.

The Sharks struggled this year without international fullback Andre Joubert and flyhalf Henry Honiball, who have both retired. The Sharks were also without No.8 Gary Teichmann, who signed a contract with Welsh club Newport after being left out of South Africa's 1999 World Cup squad.

Queensland Reds coach John Connolly has been strongly linked to the Sharks, but is yet to make a final decision whether to re-apply for the Reds job. Cats coach Laurie Mains is one of several coaches linked to the Reds position.

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