Coetzee, coaches agree on way forward

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:11
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NEWS: Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee said he and South Africa's Super Rugby franchises have mapped out a way forward to address certain issues surrounding skill sets in South African Rugby.

The country's six Super Rugby franchises turned out in force with Coetzee, his management team, referees, former national coaches and captains for the two-day workshop to address on-field performance by South African teams.

Coetzee said that he had been excited by the Indaba and according to SA Rugby it had broken new ground by mapping out a number of interventions at the elite level of the game.

"We shared ideas on where we are strong and where we can improve in all facets of the play," said Coetzee. 

"We will be producing a document as a result of the discussions we have had around different skill sets and the Super Rugby coaches have agreed to allocate time each week in their schedules to focus on those elements.

"We will also be holding an Indaba solely on conditioning before the end of the year and having opened this conversation we are planning to hold a follow-up session between the Springbok management and Super Rugby coaches before the start of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

"We know that the impact of a two-day Indaba won't be felt immediately. But the work we did here was not the end of a process, it was the beginning of a new way forward."

Acting South African Rugby Union President Mark Alexander believes new relationships have been built during the two-day workshop. 

"These have been two of the best days in my time as a rugby administrator," said Alexander. 

"The willingness of the coaches to share their insights and the energy they brought to the discussions was outstanding. We have built relationships and opened conversations over the past two days that have not been a traditional part of our very competitive and combative rugby landscape.

"We asked for collaboration on day one and we got it. But the proof of the pudding will be in the outcomes and I am glad to say it was very solutions-focused two days."

The Springbok squad for the end-of-year tour will be named on Saturday.