KENYA CUP

All you need to know about the new Kabras coach

Kenya Cup side Kabras RFC has appointed South African coach Henly Du Plessis to take charge of the side as the head coach for the next three years.
He replaces Charles Cardovillis who served for just a season at the Kakamega based side and guided them to a National 7s Series triumph and a second place finish in the Kenya Cup season.
Du Plessis who was unveiled on Tuesday in Nairobi was born in June 1976. He served as a teacher at Worcester Secondary between 2001 and 2015 after having studied Pure Mathematics at the University of Cape Town.
He was the captain of Boland Cavaliers where he played as a flanker. He was known for his speed in breakdowns, tackling around the scrum and excellent cover defence. He got a chance to play for South African ‘A’ Team in 2004. The forward was however forced into retirement in 2008 due to a niggling neck injury. He retired after 133 matches for the side.

Du Plessis in the middle (at the back) has been named as Kabras head coach for the next three.


After retirement, he began his coaching career at Boland School Academy as a forwards coach in 2009, served at the same capacity at Boland under 21 sides. Du Plessis went back to Boland’s academy after leaving NMK where he served as an assistant and head coach between January 2011 to September 2012.
The former loose forward joined Worcester Villagers to coach the forwards as well an attacking coach. He was later unveiled as Boland Cavalier’s as a forward’s coach in 2016 and he has been coaching the side on defence as well as kicking.
He has a World Rugby Level 3 Coaching and he is a Boksmart trainer in the Boland and Coaching Educator. He is expected to be in charge of High-level performance centre which will be set up in Kakamega by Kabras. De Plessis will work with Former Kenya 15s coach Jerome Paarwater who will be his advisor.

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