Hoskins: SA Rugby face permanent ruin
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Former South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins believes that the state of rugby in South Africa is in such a crisis that it is on a verge of permanent ruin.
In an interview with Eyewitness News [EWN], Hoskins spoke about Allister Coetzee's appointment as Springbok head coach and his decision to step down as SARU President, as well as the need for South Africa to break away from SANZAAR.
With the Springboks performing so poorly on the international stage this year, Hoskins believes there needs to be some serious intervention from "stakeholders" to help steer South African rugby into the right direction.
Earlier this week SA Rugby announced that a coaches conference will be convened from October 19 to 21 in Cape Town, which will consist of the national coaches, SA Rugby's Rugby Department and High Performance Rugby Committee, all the local Super Rugby franchise coaches and conditioning coaches, as well as a number of invited rugby specialists.
"We are at a point now where a Codesa for rugby, if I can put it that way, a national convention is needed where we call in our stakeholders in the game, the people who are putting a lot of money in the game," Hoskins told EWN.
Hoskins also believes that South Africa has a bleak future in the sport if they continue to align themselves with Australia, New Zealand and Argentina in the body known as SANZAAR, which operates the Super Rugby and Rugby Championship competitions.
"We need people to sit around the table and ask where we stop the haemorrhaging, do we continue with SANZAAR?
"I respectfully said five years ago that we need to be out of SANZAAR, we need to be in the Northern Hemisphere," Hoskins added.
Hoskins also admitted that he was uncertain about the decision to appoint Coetzee as head coach of the national team after Heyneke Meyer's tenure.
"I actually didn't know the answer sitting as the president at the beginning of this year," Hoskins told EWN.
"The one problem I didn't want to deal with was who should be the next coach, because I felt that whoever took the poison chalice was really going to have a tough time."
On his decision to step down as President of SARU, Hoskins opted not to reveal too much.
"It's no secret that there were issues with me and the Executive Council as it's been documented in the media.
"Obviously the issues will come out in good time, I would prefer not to take rugby through washing dirty linen in public at the moment," he told EWN.