Johannesburg – The heads of Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and
his two assistants, Dick Muir and Gary Gold, may all roll Monday when their
performance reviews are done.
While nobody in the leadership of the South African Rugby Union
(SARU) wanted to say anything on Saturday about the possibility of the coaches
being axed, Sport24 has reliably learned that SARU are definitely considering
changes to the coaching staff – and that none of the current three are safe in
From conversations with a number of top rugby officials and
informed people, it appears that De Villiers may just survive. However, Muir and
Gold’s days appear numbered following the Springbok team’s weak performances in
this year’s Tri-Nations.
South Africa could win only one of their six Tests against the All
Blacks and Wallabies.
That was then the Boks beat the Aussies at Loftus Versfeld in
Pretoria last month.
The coaching staff and team’s performances will be evaluated by a
technical committee of SARU in Cape Town on Monday. De Villiers will have the
opportunity to put his side of the story about why the Boks were so poor this
The technical committee is chaired by SARU vice-president James
Other members of the committee are SARU president Oregan Hoskins,
SARU deputy president Mark Alexander and Golden Lions president Kevin de
De Villiers’ big support at grassroots level counts in his favour
and may well be the reason that he survives when a decision is taken on the
three Bok coaches’ futures.
SARU will, however, have to pay out any of the coaches if they are
axed as they all have contracts until the end of next year.
There are a number of candidates that can replace Muir and Gold,
with coaches like Allister Coetzee, Rassie Erasmus, Dawie Theron, Frans Ludeke,
Heyneke Meyer and New Zealander John Mitchell mentioned by experts as strong