A letter to the rugby experts

A letter to the rugby experts

The inexperienced Mzwandile Stick and the highly pressurised Allister Coetzee

It’s time to gather brains and tackle SA sporting crisis

Guys, now is the time to zip it and get your hands dirty — if you are worried about the state of Springbok rugby.

Enough talk of what coach Allister Coetzee is doing wrong and how politics is influencing the game.

I’ve been saying for a while now that pride is eating away at our game.

And now it’s time to admit to it and do something about the situation.

Coetzee is the incumbent Bok coach — deal with it.

Instead of all the experts pointing fingers and pointing out how bad we are, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) should employ these guys as advisors.

I feel Saru let down Coetzee by appointing the likes of Johan van Graan, Chean Roux and Mzwandile Stick as his assistants.

How would you feel if you had to take advice from guys that you are actually still training?

I don’t know if this is the case with Allister, but I do feel that if the likes of Nick Mallett, Ashwin Willemse, Naas Botha, franchise coaches such as Johan Ackermann and even foreigners such as John Mitchell and John Plumtree, who both know the political rugby climate in the country, can all contribute to a forum that discusses ideas and ways to take the Springboks forward, we would all be better for it.

Former coaches such as Heyneke Meyer, Carel du Plessis and Peter de Villiers are also still somewhere in the world and surely would’ve learnt some things that would have made some impact.

They carry a lot more weight than those currently surrounding Coetzee.

Allister can still have the final say on matters, but the sooner we declare the status quo as a national disaster, the quicker we can sort it out. 

Problem is, we are too self-centred. Let’s take collective responsibility for the Springboks and not leave it to one guy to get us out of the hole we are currently in.

Only then will we truly be the innovators of the game again.

Even get Jake White on that panel. With an off-field team like that, I am sure they will come up with ways to beat the mighty All Blacks and the rest of the world.

Problem is, everyone wants to be the main peanut in the pack.

And once you’re there, you have the they-chose-me-and-not-you attitude.

Bottom line is, we have to pull together if we want to compete successfully again.

With the current guys in the setup, this is just the beginning of the end for SA.

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