Brendan Venter has signed a deal to continue as Italy’s defence coach until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Venter, who won 17 caps for the Springboks, worked with the Azzurri for last year’s autumn internationals and was part of the coaching team that led Italy to their historic win over South Africa.
His work has suitably impressed the Italy Rugby Federation and he will stay in the role for a further three years while combining it with his duties back in South Africa as a doctor.
He brings a wealth of experience to the role having formerly coached at Saracens and is currently on London Irish’s books in a consultancy role.
“I played and worked with Brendan to London Irish in the past and I believe that this agreement is the best it can be, for us and for him,” Italy coach Conor O’Shea said. “Brendan has had a great impact on the group.
“We are excited to be working with him for years to come. He’s a coach respected by the whole international rugby scene and we are proud that he wants to join our project with Italy until the next Rugby World Cup. “