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November 23, 2016
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UNIQUE SA CHALLENGE: Coetzee

Coetzee: It's been a tough year

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee admits that he will have to change his approach if the national team wants to see results soon.

Coetzee, who has failed to guide the Springboks to a single win so far on their European tour, admits that he has to take some responsibility for the current mess they are in.

But he adds that coaching South Africa has its unique challenges – with Saru’s strategic transformation plan being one of a kind in the world, and tells reporters in the UK: “It’s been a tough year and I can take responsibility for a lot of things.

“But I only got started in April and there are challenges in South African rugby that are unique to us. There’s no excuse for the poor performance, but there are discussions happening and it is looking really positive.

“This is a great opportunity to address the problems and clean out the wounds. We need to diagnose and treat the symptoms of it.

“In the 21 years since our World Cup win in 1995 we’ve only had four good years, and if we continue what we’ve been doing you’re not going to see any different result. There’s a lot of dark clouds, but the silver lining is there I believe.”

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