Stormers to replace Robbie Fleck with John Dobson after Super Rugby

Robbie Fleck assumed the Stormers' coaching role in 2015. rep[lacing Eddie Jones after the Australian departed for the England job. Shaun Roy, Gallo Images/Getty Images

The Stormers have confirmed that coach Robbie Fleck will leave the team at the end of the Super Rugby season, to be replaced by Western Province counterpart John Dobson.

Fleck is in his fourth campaign in charge of the Cape Town-based side, but has not managed to take them past the quarterfinals of the Southern Hemisphere provincial rugby championship.

He was appointed after Eddie Jones' two-week stay at Newlands in 2015, after which the latter moved to England. Fleck led the side to the knockout stages in his first two Super Rugby seasons before a disappointing 11th-place finish in 2018.

Dobson coaches the Western Province team that plays in South Africa's domestic Currie Cup competition, leading the team to the trophy in 2017 and a runner's-up place last year.

"In addition to ensuring the Stormers' success on the field, one of Dobson's key focus areas will be driving transformation in the Stormers' future coaching and management teams," Western Province Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks said in a media statement on Tuesday.

The union have also announced that Director of Rugby Gert Smal will depart at the end of this month for Japan, where he will join Toyota Verblitz, who are coached by 2007 World Cup winner Jake White.