Allister Coetzee has had the idea of having a national indaba ever since he took over as Springbok coach.
And while he says the problems the national team faces today didn’t happen overnight, Coetzee had a few issues he wanted to address at the indaba that will be the “turning point” of South African rugby, according to interim Saru president Mark Alexander.
Of the think tank, Alexander says: “This is a very important event for SA Rugby.
“We are all here to work together, to share ideas, and to plot a new direction for Springbok rugby, a direction that can only be founded on an intense level of collaboration among all the rugby unions in South Africa.
“We need to identify and acknowledge the common goals we all have for Springbok rugby, we need to place player welfare high on the agenda, and we need to develop short-term interventions and a long-term plan to change the way we
deliver the game in South Africa.
“Hopefully in a few years’ time we will look back at this indaba with a sense of achievement – knowing that this was where the new direction was forged, this was the turning point for South African rugby, this is where we adopted our shared winning
SA Rugby Objectives:
- Alignment between national coach and Super Rugby coaches and vice versa in identifying technical shortcomings that impact on performances of all teams
- Discuss and share contemporary trends, opportunities and ultimately a philosophy to ensure continuous improvement as well as agreement on strategies to address the identified shortcomings
- Succession planning (long and short term interventions) with the strategic transformation plan in mind.