A former student of the esteemed Grey College in Bloemfontein, Naka Drotske’s playing career began with selections for the South African U18 Schools team, before enrolling at the University of the Free State, where he studied accounting. A natural-born leader, Naka captained various teams, including the 2005 Currie Cup champions, the Free State Cheetahs. A Rugby World Cup winner in 1995, the aggressive hooker also enjoyed stints with the Blue Bulls and London Irish, to go with his 26 international test caps. Remarkably, his coaching career took flight whilst still playing for London Irish, where he took the mantle of Lineout Coach, before returning to South Africa and enjoying the role of Cheetahs Super Rugby Forwards Coach in 2006.
Within a year, a (then) 36-year-old Drotske was not only handed the reigns as Free State Cheetahs Head Coach, but he also won immediate silverware by lifting the 2007 Currie Cup. Yet another appearance in the final followed, as did playoff appearances in Super Rugby, making Naka the only coach in franchise history to lift domestic trophies and progress to the knockout stages of the southern hemisphere showpiece. Intelligent, experienced and a proven winner, Naka Drotske adds value at the highest level as a Forwards Coach, Head Coach or Director of Rugby.
DOB: 15 March 1971
Position: Head Coach, Forwards Coach
Current Team: Unattached
2008 - 2015
Cheetahs (Super Rugby – Head Coach)
2007 - 2015
Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup – Head Coach)
2006 - 2007
Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup – Forwards Coach)
2001 - 2004
London Irish (Zurich Premiership, Heineken Cup – Lineout Coach)