As a former Maties rugby player, Corné Uys could not pass up the opportunity to become part of the Maties Rugby coaching staff.
Uys represented the Maroon Machine from 2003 till 2005.
He now joins head coach Drikus Hancke and his assistant Norman Jordaan as part of the coaching team and will be responsible for the defensive structures.
“After a few cups of coffee and a good talk with Drikus it was clear that his relationships with his management and players are very important to him. It was a pretty easy decision, to be honest," said Uys.
According to him, being a former Matie played a big role in his decision.
“Playing for Maties was a big part of my career and life. It developed me as a player and as a person. I will never forget the impact that the Maties culture had on me. It was some of the best times of my life. I hope I will have an impact on the lives of these players as well."
Talking about being a part of the management team, Uys said: “Players and members of the management team have the same goal. The players are willing to work hard. They also want to make memories through the good and the tough times."
Uys is impressed with the strong leadership in the Varsity Cup squad. “They have a good vibe going and are willing to work hard when they are together… This is a special group of players."
He is very clear on what management and players are working towards in the Varsity Cup. “The most important thing is that the players fulfil their potential. Every individual wants to be the best that he can be to the advantage of the group. We want to make a difference as players and humans – and above all we want to leave a legacy."
Besides being responsible for Maties' defence, Uys is also the head coach of the SAS Rugby International Institute. This presents him with another opportunity to have an impact on the lives and rugby careers of young players.