NAIROBI, Kenya- South African Jerome Paarwater left his position as the head coach of national rugby 15s team- the Simbas on Monday.
“Kenya Rugby has today (Monday) confirmed the release of Jerome Paarwater from his role as Head Coach of the Simbas.
“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Board acknowledged Paarwater’s significant contribution to the Kenya Rugby Union, and in particular to the Simbas coaching and management team since his arrival in late 2012,” the national governing body said in a statement.
“Jerome has been a key influence for the Simbas, guiding the team up the world rankings and making the team a formidable force on the continental stage.
“He has certainly been part and parcel of the country’s continued emergence in the longer version of the game. KRU would like to appreciate Jerome’s efforts and wish him well in his endeavors and will announce his replacement at a later time,” KRU added.
Paawater, 50, took over as Simbas head coach in March 2013 following the partnership between KRU and Western Province Rugby Union of South Africa.
Upon his arrival, he was assisted by former South Africa Springboks head coach, Pieter De Villiers, in preparing the Simbas for their first assignment under his tenure.
Under his tutelage, Simbas have emerged from the shadows of their 7s counterpart, Shujaa with Paarwater leading the side to their last African title in 2013 and brought Kenya close to qualification for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
His last port of call was the invitational Regal Hotels Cup of Nations tournament in Hong Kong where Kenya went down to Chile, Russia and the hosts.
Simbas are gearing for the 2018 Africa Gold Cup that will be a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will start their campaign in June next year against Morocco.
-Material from kru.co.ke used in this report