Springboks

Hopeful Bok fan hacks Rennie’s Wikipedia page

2016-12-06 14:34
Dave Rennie (Getty Images)

Cape Town - An apparent hopeful Springbok fan hacked the Wikipedia page of Dave Rennie, after the New Zealander was linked with the Bok head coaching role.

A newspaper report at the weekend indicated that SA Rugby was interested in replacing Springbok coach Allister Coetzee with the current Chiefs mentor.

According to Rapport, work has already begun behind the scenes to look at possible candidates to replace the embattled Coetzee, whose Springboks won only four of 12 Tests in 2016.

The possible appointment of Rennie, who led the Chiefs to two Super Rugby titles, clearly has a South African rugby fan excited about the future.

Wikipedia allows users to edit biographies and for a short while on Tuesday, Rennie had his future predicted (see image below).

Under Rennie’s biography, it read that he became Springbok coach in 2017 and "brought back a level of pride that had disappeared under the coaching of Allister ‘Toetie’ Coetzee."

It also mentioned a change in selection policy by SA Rugby and that Rennie would for the next decade lead the Boks to “klap” England, Australia and New Zealand, as well as claim two Rugby World Cup titles.

Former flyhalf Naas Botha would go on to call it “the greatest team turnaround of all-time”.

The new information regarding Rennie was later removed by Wikipedia.

While many fans no doubt want to see a different Springbok coach, it is not a foregone conclusion that Coetzee will be replaced.

Coetzee is set to face a performance appraisal by a sub-committee of SA Rugby, and will know his fate after a December 13 meeting.

SA Rugby is struggling financially and firing Coetzee would reportedly cost in the region of R13m.

It would also cost a lot to attain the services of Rennie, who in August put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland.

He is set to start his role there at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

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