Cape Town - The SA Rugby coaching indaba had
mapped out a new way forward for South African rugby, said acting president, Mark Alexander, on Thursday.
The country’s six Super
Rugby franchises turned out in force with Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, his
management team, referees, former national coaches and captains for the two-day
workshop to address on-field performance by South African teams.
“These have been two of the best
days in my time as a rugby administrator,” said Mr 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.”
Coetzee said that he had been
excited by the indaba.
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,” he said.
“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.”
The Springbok squad for the outgoing tour will be named on Saturday.