The Springboks’ chances at the 2019 World Cup will hinge on the changes made to the South African rugby system this season, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says he warned Allister Coetzee that SA Rugby was setting him up for failure.
SA Rugby has reached an agreement with Allister Coetzee to part ways with immediate effect. The news was confirmed on Friday, with the rugby department of SA Rugby now set to manage the responsibilities of the Bok coach until the coaching and management group for 2018 is confirmed later in February. During Allister Coetzee’s tenure, the Boks managed just 11… Read more →
Rassie Erasmus insists that any uncertainty over the Springbok coaching structures will not affect his role as South Africa’s new director of rugby, writes CRAIG LEWIS. There has been an understanding for some time now that the national coaching setup is in line for a shake-up, with the Boks’ loss to Wales in their final Test last year leaving Allister… Read more →
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee says SA Rugby’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is ‘less competent’ than him. Coetzee made the statement in a letter addressed to SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux, which was leaked to the media over the weekend. In it, Coetzee claimed he was offered a ‘ceremonial role’ as Bok coach for 2018, and would have to report to… Read more →
Allister Coetzee says he was offered a ‘ceremonial’ role as Springbok coach in 2018, which would have meant the ‘indignity’ of reporting to Rassie Erasmus. This is revealed in a letter sent from Coetzee to SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux via his legal representatives. SA Rugby has confirmed the authenticity of the letter to TimesLIVE, which is in possession of it…. Read more →
There is apparently a complete ‘breach of trust’ between Allister Coetzee and members of the SA Rugby executive following a sequence of fiery emails. According to Die Burger rugby writer Stephen Nell, Coetzee presented a stern response this past week as he continues to defend his position as Bok coach after a two-year spell that has yielded just 11 wins from… Read more →
Although there has been no official confirmation from SA Rugby over the Bok coaching setup, Rassie Erasmus’ work is already well underway, writes CRAIG LEWIS. Around this time last year, SA Rugby conducted a comprehensive review of the Boks’ dismal 2016 season that yielded just four wins from 12 Tests. Despite widespread calls for Allister Coetzee to face the axe,… Read more →
SA Rugby must review its policy and approach to selecting overseas-based players in order to aid the Springboks’ cause in 2018, writes CRAIG LEWIS. It’s a damning indictment that the Springboks will be forced to press the reset button once again in 2018. After all, it was meant to be so different. When reviewing a 2016 season that yielded just… Read more →
There is still no clarity over Allister Coetzee’s position as Springbok coach after his meeting with SA Rugby on Thursday. Speculation has been rife that Coetzee is set to be sacked, with director of rugby Rassie Erasmus taking over the reins. According to Rapport newspaper, no one would say after Thursday’s meeting when an announcement on Coetzee’s future would be made…. Read more →