The dye has been cast now for South African rugby.
Die tyd vir praat is nou verby and it’s time to kick off the new era in Springbok rugby.
The SA Rugby indaba’s objectives have been set and it sort of sounds like a Freedom Charter for the game in SA.
There shall be coaching for coaches and players.
There shall be a closer understanding between Super Rugby franchises and the Bok team.
There shall be a sharing of ideas with the Bok team being the main beneficiary.
I can’t begin to tell you just how big this indaba is for the South African game.
A lot of the talk was around the professionalism of the game here in SA and how it has lagged behind the rest of the world.
It’s true that the Bok has lost the spring in its step for a long time and it hurts all of us.
And the most fundamental of the objectives set out at the Indaba is the coaching aspect.
Last week I wrote about the importance of the skills our players are equipped with.
Backline players all have the full set of attributes – pace, intelligence and the ability to kick and field high balls.
Halfbacks have to be able to manage the game and get the team on the front foot with ball in hand or off the boot.
It’s got to be done. And up front players need to have the same set of skills and likewise, the backs have to be able to play at the breakdown, protect ball possession and clean out rucks.
In other words, they need a full rugby education – total rugby. It’s sad about the timing of the Indaba, though.
Bok boss Allister Coetzee revealed that this was one of the first ideas when he went around to the franchises at the start of his tenure. He himself started the job late, with Saru having no one else to turn to.
But more painful is that while we are in a crisis, the All Blacks are on the verge of making
The team us South Africans would most like our Boks to beat are preparing to win a record 18th straight game.
This is rock bottom for SA rugby and the decisions made this week have to take our game forward.