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2019-06-21 14:43

Cape Town – Stormers loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe believes John Dobson is the right man to take over as Stormers coach.

The 2019 Super Rugby campaign was Robbie Fleck’s last at the helm of the Stormers, with the Cape franchise already confirming earlier in the year that Dobson would coach the team in the 2020 season.

In an exclusive interview with Sport24, Notshe said he held Dobson in high regard.

“I don’t know where to start when speaking about Dobbo because he is a special human being. He has played a huge role in my rugby development and my maturation as a man,” Notshe said.

The 26-year-old Notshe, who played six Tests for the Springboks in 2018, added that Dobson would bring a different culture to the Stormers team.

“Touching on the culture Dobbo instils within a team, whenever we took a bus trip he always insisted that we knew the bus driver’s name. When asked for his reasoning behind it, he said: ‘Gents, you’ve got to remember that there are many people that do a lot for this team behind the scenes.’

“His message was: Forget about the rugby we play on a Saturday for a moment because there are people outside of the team that make it function. For the bus driver to leave his family and drive us around was special in itself, so we cultivated a culture of appreciation and gratitude.

“He always told us to be appreciative of the things that we get as professional players because one day those things will be taken away from us.

“I’m just happy that Dobbo has achieved what he has in his coaching career, but he is the first to admit that he has never just done it by himself. He has always assembled a strong management group that has worked together to achieve the success that he has in coaching. He is a very good man and, more than anything else, his man-management is amazing.”

READ Sikhumbuzo Notshe’s full Q&A interview with Sport24