Eastern Province Rugby have confirmed that Matt Sexton will be taking up position of Head Coach for both the Super Rugby and Currie Cup divisions of the Kings as of July this year.
The move comes following months of speculation as the team gears up for their first year in the Super 15 franchise in 2013.
EP Kings spokesman, Sakhi Gqeba, confirmed that Sexton would take up the position from 15 July 2012 on a two year contract that expires in 2014, relieving Robbie Kempson of his dual coaching role and allowing Kempson to concentrate on the EP Academy.
Joining Sexton is Brad Mooar, who will take up the position of Specialist Skills Coach. Mooar is currently the head coach of the Cantebury U19′s.
Sexton debuted for Canterbury in 1991 and had run up 128 appearances, including leading Canterbury on the 1994 tour of the United Kingdom, by the time he headed offshore. He was a member of the Crusaders squad in five of the team’s first six seasons, missing the 2000 campaign due to injury.
He subsequently went on to play successfully in Europe with leading Irish province Ulster, where he was coached by EP Rugby Director Alan Solomons, and also starred for the Barbarians in 2003 and 2004.
He also was the first Crusaders forward to be credited with a try in Super 12, crossing the line against the Blues at Lancaster Park in 1996and regularly shared the front row duties with All Black Mark Hammett.
Sexton is married with three children and is a qualified Physical Education Teacher holding a Bachelor of Education degree, a Diploma in Secondary Teaching, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce (with Distinction) as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Sport Management and Coaching.