Mzeke Nkosi appointed as Coach of the RedsOne of the rising coaching talents in SA Schools rugby has been appointed as the New Reds coach. Mzwake Nkosi, after recently being appointed as the SA Schools Assistant coach, has been entrusted with the reins at King Edward School to guide the Reds in the 2017 season.

A distinguished Red himself Coach Nkosi was part of the 2008/2009 mighty Reds’ outfit and Head of Buxton and Deputy Headboy to boot.

The RED blood ran strong and he earned Full colours for Rugby and athletics, never losing a race at interhigh!! A winger with a rugby brain and a determination to finish off the opportunities created by the likes of the creative Wendy Mjekevu and the brilliant Jaryd Meyer.

After school, Coach Nkosi continued his rugby career at UJ but started gravitating into a coaching role. He completed his Human Movement Sciences degree whilst at the same time putting in the hard yards as a burgeoning rugby coach. He immediately made an impression with two very successful years taking the Prep’s first XV.

The High School took note and soon he was guiding the u15a side. Coach Spilhaus, also recognised the coaching talent of the young man, and subsequently roped him in to assist with the Reds. 

Whilst balancing studying and coaching, the ambitious Coach Nkosi also managed to complete his World Rugby Coaching Level 1 & 2 courses. The Lions also rewarded Coach Nkosi with positions as Craven Week assistant coach and Head coach of the Lions u16C side that plays in the Noordvaal tournament. Incidentally this year his side won 3 from 3 outperforming the u16B side that play at the same week.

In recent Lions news he has been re-appointed as the Craven Week assistant coach.

This follows close on the heels of an excellent season for Coach Nkosi who was involved in the successful home series assisting the SA Schools and SA Schools A sides in their fixtures against England, Italy, France and Wales. 

Great to see that SARU has recognised the talent of this young man who lives and breathes rugby as his passion despite continuing his studies towards a law degree. We wish Coach Nkosi and his support staff all success for the coming years.

The 2016 First XV coach Carl Spilhaus who has been the head coach since 2007 will be taking up a post at Jeppe.