South African coach Charlie Lowe (58), who has led the Korean national rugby team since 2021, stepped down five months before the Hangzhou Asian Games.
An official from the Korea Rugby Association said in a phone call with Yonhap News on the 19th, “Director Lowe conveyed his intention to end his association with the association. He wanted to return to Japan, where his family is.”
Coach Lowe took over as the command tower at the end of 2021 and has overseen the 7- and 15-man national teams.먹튀검증
According to the association, the contract period with coach Low was until the 31st of last month.
At the time of the contract, he decided to return to Japan after discussing with the association about the ‘extension for one year’, which he entered as an option.
“It is regrettable to announce that we will not extend the contract,” said General Manager Lowe in a statement.
He continued, “I always tried to improve the system to benefit Korean rugby. It was a pleasure working with a dedicated team and players to produce results.”
As the Asian Games are scheduled for September this year, the association is also reviewing plans to join Lowe in the form of a “temporary technical advisor” during the tournament.
The official said, “Currently, public recruitment of the national team leader is underway. Coach Lowe and coach Lee Myung-geun, who have been together for a while, will be newly matched.”
Under coach Lowe, the 7-man national team accomplished the splendid feat of winning two victories in the Rugby World Cup finals for the first time in 21 years.
The national team finished 21st after winning 2 wins and 2 losses in the tournament held at the Rugby Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa last September.
It is the first time in 17 years since the 2005 Hong Kong rugby tournament that Korean rugby entered the 7-man World Cup finals, and the last tournament in which they won a total of 2 wins was the 2001 World Cup in Argentina (2 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses).
He fought hard in the 15-person competition, where physique and strength became more important, but he unfortunately swallowed a high stomach on the threshold of reaching the top of Asia.
In the final of the Asian Rugby Championship held in Incheon last July, the 15-man national team led by coach Low gave a penalty kick to Hong Kong, a strong player, and lost 21-23.
Coach Lowe was well-received for his systematic and detailed guidance and leadership.
Kim Kwang-min (KEPCO), who captained the national team last year, said in an interview with Yonhap News in August of last year, “I learned a lot from Korean coaches, but Coach Lowe pointed out and taught me a lot of things the players hadn’t thought of.” Since I got hits and got good grades, I thought that I had no choice but to follow the director unconditionally.”
Choi Yoon, president of the Rugby Association, said, “I am grateful for the contributions made to the development of Korea’s rugby and the improvement of its performance.” I will,” he said.