|Full name||Michael John Horak|
|Date of birth||3 June 1977|
|Place of birth||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 7 lb)|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
After playing for the Free State Schools Cravenweek side in 1995 and the Free State U21s in 1996 he moved to Australia to play Rugby League, where he represented the Perth Reds. He has also played for the South Africa national rugby league team, including at the 1997 Super League World Nines.
Horak was signed by Bob Dwyer for the Leicester Tigers in 1997 and became Leicester's first-choice full back, replacing the retiring John Liley and ahead of Fijian international Waisale Serevi. He also played for the England U21 side. However, he dropped to third choice after Tiger's signing of Tim Stimpson and Geordan Murphy.
After spending two seasons with Benetton Rugby Treviso, Horak signed with Saracens for the 2009–10 season but announced his retirement with immediate effect in January 2010. He is a tall player with a big left boot.
In 2010, Free State Cheetahs head coach Naka Drotské appointed Horak as the defence coach and head of the Cheetahs academy prior to the 2010 Currie Cup Premier Division competition. He became the general manager of the team in 2011 and also helped out as defensive coach at the Griffons in 2011.
At the end of 2012, he relinquished his role as general manager at the Free State Cheetahs to take over as director of rugby as well as head coach at Varsity Cup side UFS Shimlas prior to the 2013 Varsity Cup competition, but still continued as Cheetahs defensive coach.
At the start of 2014, it was announced that he signed a five-year contract to join the Eastern Province Kings as defensive coach, following the completion of Shimlas' 2014 Varsity Cup campaign. However, he soent just one season in Port Elizabeth before joining the Sharks for the 2015 season.
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