Today marks the first coaching session for Bedford Queens RUFC’s new Director of Rugby, former England international and Bedford Blues forward, Mouritz Botha.
Coaching on the pitches of Putnoe Woods is a far cry from Botha’s usual surroundings; with ten caps for England under his belt along with over 200 appearances for clubs including a five-and-a-half year spell with title-winning, Saracens.
Mouritz has also racked up 73 appearances at Goldington Road with the Blues, and recently joined the commentary team covering their pre-season game against Ampthill in the absence of fans.
With Newcastle Falcons and South Africa’s Sharks also on his CV, Botha brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the East Midlands setup from all around the rugby world.
“Mo” started his career in England at Bedford Athletic having flown over from his native South Africa with his rise through the ranks one of Bedford’s most inspiring rugby success stories.
Botha recently left Ampthill as their forwards coach; the Dillingham Park outfit now playing alongside Bedford Blues in the second tier of English rugby, but has now chosen to return to his roots and give back to the community.
In addition to his coaching role, Botha is also an ambassador for the charitable arm of Bedford Blues, the Blues Foundation and is also a regular face on the cricket circuit, turning out for Sharnbrook and Bromham.
“We are very excited about the coming season and Mouritz coming on board is a big step for the club”, commented Queens Chairman, Mick Norman.
“He has a extensive knowledge of the game having played at the top levels and having someone with his experience will help the team grow and take the club to the next level.”
Botha’s expertise for a club the size of the Queens is surely to make a huge impact as he takes his first training session in wet conditions this evening; with players and spectators alike excited to welcome him.