Chasing Chelsea

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May 11, 2017
Chasing Chelsea

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The Springboks don’t have to panic yet after drawing the All Blacks in their 2019 World Cup pool yesterday.

Drawn alongside Italy and a yet-to-be-confirmed African side and repechage winner, Allister Coetzee and his manne can be confident of progressing to the knockouts.

The question then becomes who they will face then in Japan.

But the Boks will probably not win their group with defending champions New Zealand the overwhelming favourites.

And that will mean Coetzee will have to prepare his manne to tackle a group winner in the next round.

They will also have to negotiate their way past Italy who stunned them just last year.

The historic 20-18 defeat in Florence was one of nine losses in 12 Tests in a nightmare 2016 for Coetzee in his first year in charge of the national team.

What will be worrying again for the Bokke is the presence of double agent Brendan Venter.

Venter is the Azzurri’s defence coach and the former centre will be doing the same thing for Toetie due to contractual agreements with the Italians and Saru.

It remains to be seen how this will go down with both unions, now that they will play either other at the World Cup.

Confidence in the Boks is low after last year’s struggles and Coetzee will have a massive rebuilding project on his hands to get his squad ready when the tournament kicks in September 2019.

The Boks face the touring French in three Tests next month.

And with many elite players playing overseas and promising stars chasing more money in Europe, Coetzee will have to lift the players in the Super Rugby tournament against Les Bleus.

With young players like Curwin Bosch also tipped to make the squad to face France, he will have to get these laaities ready for the big time.

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