Keuris, who will be focusing on skills and kicking, has an sound record coaching the Shimla Varsity Cup Winners in 2015 (77% kicking accuracy), the Toyota Cheetahs in 2016 SuperRugby (81% kicking accuracy), Toyota Free State Cheetah Currie Cup Winners in 2016 (82% kicking accuracy), 2017 SuperRugby with two of the top three kickers in the competition; Niel Marais (89%) and Fred Zeilinga (85%).
In the 2017/18 Guinness PRO14 season, Fred Zeilinga won the Golden Boot (85% accuracy), which was the best statistic in a decade of PRO Rugby, with two other players also in the Top 10 with 83% accuracy.
In the 2018 Currie Cup the Toyota Cheetahs had the second-highest kicking success in the competition and Tian Schoeman made the most conversions in the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 seasons. In 2019 the Toyota Free State Cheetahs won the Currie Cup with a kicking rate of 80%.
Italy will be facing Wales in their first Six Nations match on Saturday, 1 February under the interim head coach, and former Toyota Cheetahs head coach, Franco Smith.