The South African Rugby Union should not be scared to think outside the box if they do get rid of Allister Coetzee as head coach of the Springboks.
And I believe the right thing to do will be to get in a New Zealander.
A look across the rugby world and it’s clear that national teams have realised the need to get in some outside help.
Aussie Eddie Jones is currently the boss of England, former Ireland star Conor O’Shea orchestrated South Africa’s defeat to Italy this past weekend, New Zealanders Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt have had some success with Wales and Ireland respectively.
Now this is not the easiest national team to manage. In fact, I believe this is arguably the toughest job in world rugby at the moment.
So whoever takes over will have to have a dik vel and he will have to produce results immediately.
I’ve always rated a guy like Dave Rennie as a coach.
He is a guy that brings immediate results.
Back in 2012 in his first year with the Chiefs, he won the Super Rugby title and his teams usually play a brand of rugby everyone wants to see.
Despite being touted as a future All Blacks coach, Rennie, though, has recently signed a deal to coach Glasgow Warriors in Scotland, so if Saru would consider him, they will have to fork out a lot of money to fund the deal.
And that, in the current economic climate, is probably not going to happen.
Getting in a Kiwi doesn’t mean there won’t be South African input at national level. I believe all the assistant coaches – bar perhaps one – have to be from Mzansi.
And here you would take a closer look at a guy like Johan Ackermann to become forwards coach, and Franco Smith to work with the backline, etc.
This country is still suffering from the 2007 rugby syndrome and the only way to get rid of that is to get foreign influences.
Back in 2007, the Boks won the World Cup playing 10-man rugby.
Problem is, coaches then used Jake White’s blueprint at school level and the “bullying” game became the big thing, with less emphasis being placed on basic skills.
It’s going to take a while for our rugby to become healthy at all levels again.
But I’m pretty sure that if you’re going to select the best 23 rugby players in the country and give them to Rennie, he would beat Italy.