Elliot Mntuwekhaya Fana was born in a small town of Alice in the Eastern Cape where he was introduced to the game of rugby at an early age. He later moved to the Northern Free State / Gauteng mining area where he studied at LTS Technical School and Captained both Rugby and Cricket. Currently he is the Director of Rugby / Head Coach for the University of Fort Hare Rugby Club (known as UFH Blues Rugby Club) which plays in the Varsity Shield Cup and Border Super League. In 2009 the UFH Blues won the Heritage tournament and was promoted to the Super League where we finished 3rd for two seasons. In 2011 the UFH Blues won the Gunubbie 10’s and Heritage Tournament providing the Border Bulldogs with players of calibre. Elliot is the Head Coach of the Border Bulldogs u/21 who are the Champions of the Currie Cup B division and will be playing in the A Section of the Currie Cup next year. Fana has also worked with the national sides namely: SA u/20 team and the Botswana Vultures.

RUGBY ACHIEVEMENTS: AS A PLAYER

  • Griffons U/17 in Wellington 1996
  • Craven Week in Kimberley 1997
  • U/19 Currie Cup 1998
  • U/19 and U/21 Griffons 1999
  • Cats U/21 (1999 – 2001)
  • Police XV 2002

 

RUGBY ACHIEVEMENTS: AS A COACH/MANAGER

Elliot Mntuwekhaya Fana  Currie Cup

  • Coached Development teams in Thabong 1999
  • Welkom High XV (2000 – 2002)
  • St. Dominic’s XV (2004 – 2007)
  • Griffons U/21 2004
  • Coached Welkom Police 2nd Team (2005 – 2006)
  • Griffons U/18 Craven Week (2005 – 2007)
  • Technical Advisor Griffons Vodacom & Currie Cup Team (2006 – 2007)
  • Welkom Club 2nd Team (2007)
  • Manager SA Schools 2007
  • Vice Chairperson Griffons Coaching Association (2007 – 2008)
  • Rovers Rugby Club (Consultant Coach/Advisor) 2008
  • Cheetahs Super 14 Assistant Manager 2008
  • SA U/20 Technical Coach (2008 – 2011) resigned in 2011
  • FNB UFH Blues Director of Rugby/Head Coach (2009 – up to date)
  • Border U/21 Forward line Coach (2009)
  • Border Bulldogs Currie Cup – Consultant/Advisor Coach 2010
  • Border Bulldogs u/21 Head Coach 2011
  • Botswana National Team – Consultant Coach 2011

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.Ed.Degree, Senior Phase, Further Education and Training (Unisa)
  • Diploma in Sport Management (London & Business Management school)
  • IRB Educator
  • IRB Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate
  • IRB Sevens Coaching Certificate
  • SARU Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Certificate
  • Investec International Rugby Academy High Performance Coaches Course
  • Johan Obelholzer Rugby Academy Seminar