Coet­zee’s fu­ture to be de­cided in Jan­uary

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The fu­ture of be­lea­guered Spring­bok coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee will be re­vealed in Jan­uary af­ter he sub­mit­ted a re­view of his team’s dis­mal 2016 sea­son to South Africa Rugby’s Spring­bok Steer­ing Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day. Coet­zee and se­nior play­ers, out­go­ing cap­tain Adriaan Strauss, Pat Lam­bie and Tendai Mtawarira, gave their anal­y­sis of the worst year in Bok his­tory in which the twice World Cup win­ners lost eight of their 12 tests. The panel in­cluded SA Rugby’s High Per­for­mance Com­mit­tee, as well as CEO Jurie Roux and pres­i­dent Mark Alexan­der, and the lat­ter sug­gested there would be no snap de­ci­sions on Coet­zee’s fu­ture.

“We know Spring­bok sup­port­ers and our part­ners are look­ing to us for in­stant an­swers and many of them may want to see heads roll,” Alexan­der said in a state­ment.

“But build­ing win­ning teams is not an ex­act sci­ence and we want to make sure that the changes we make are the right so­lu­tions to our cur­rent prob­lems.

“This was not a witch hunt but a proper process to in­ter­ro­gate where things went wrong with a fo­cus on find­ing an­swers and en­sur­ing that it does not hap­pen again.” Alexan­der added that the re­view will con­tinue in the New Year.

“We will act upon what­ever in­ter­ven­tions are iden­ti­fied as be­ing nec­es­sary by all in­volved,” he said. “I would ex­pect that process to be com­pleted be­fore the end of Jan­uary.” There has been an out­cry from fans over South Africa’s per­for­mances this year, in­clud­ing a first ever loss to Italy, a first home de­feat by Ire­land, a maiden loss in Ar­gentina and a record 57-15 maul­ing by arch-ri­vals New Zealand. The re­sults have sparked a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the way the game is ad­min­is­tered in the coun­try, with SA Rugby also an­nounc­ing last week that squad se­lec­tion will no longer be made by com­mit­tee.

A sin­gle se­lec­tor will work with the coach. The choice of fu­ture Bok coaches will also be made by SA Rugby’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, not the heads of the var­i­ous unions as hap­pened in the past. South Africa next play in a home three-test se­ries against France in June. — Reuters

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