New University of Johannesburg rugby coach Dewey Swartbooi wants to take the game forward at the varsity as he prepares for the Varsity Cup tournament, starting next month.
The former Boland and Bulls centre takes over from Werner Janse van Rensburg, who left a strong legacy at the club after four years in charge.
The 36-year-old Swartbooi said he knew there was a big challenge ahead and he wanted to make sure the team remained competitive.
“This is a new chapter in my life and I am definitely looking forward to that,” he said.
“It will be a building process and it will be a learning curve, both for me and the players. But we will definitely be focused on seeing how much we can achieve in the Varsity Cup.”
He felt he would not have any problems implementing his strategy, which would be focused on playing entertaining rugby, without being reckless.
“That culture already exists at UJ, so it will be a matter of continuing in that mode. It may be just a thing of tweaking it here and there.”
The new mentor has warned the players that there will be no preferential treatment.
“I have told the boys that everyone will have an equal opportunity – we will start on a clean slate,” said Swartbooi.
“There are a couple of them who played Varsity Cup last year, but everybody will be given a fair chance.
“They will need to put up their hands in the warm-up games and we will take it from there.”
UJ’s first match is against last year’s losing finalists, NWU-Pukke, in Johannesburg on February 4.