Coetzee: Stormers need to buy
Cape Town - Outgoing Stormers coach
Allister Coetzee has given the franchise advice on where they can look to strengthen
their squad for next season.
The 52-year-old is set to leave for Japan as
he embarks on a new phase in his coaching career with Japanese club, Kobe
The Stormers won this year’s South African conference
in Super Rugby, but were knocked out in the qualifiers against the
Brumbies at Newlands.
Coetzee said they need add a few new
recruits in order to be successful in 2016.
“Steven Kitshoff was superb as loosehead
prop, but he’s leaving us (Bordeaux, France). Next year, the Stormers can’t call
on a younger player’s services in his absence. We need a senior loosehead,”
Coetzee told Netwerk24.
Carizza is leaving Western Province, which means there is a void at No 5 lock.
Ruan Botha is the only one remaining.”
Coetzee added that the departures of Duane
Vermeulen (Toulon, France) and Michael Rhodes (Saracens, England) create the
need to sign a new loose forward.
“Preferably, it should be someone that
plays to the ball, like Heinrich Brussow or Marcell Coetzee.”
Coetzee said a replacement for flyhalf
Demetri Catrakilis, who is off to Montpellier in France, is also needed.
He added that two new wing recruits should
also be top priority.
“We kicked the season off without a
specialist left wing so I opted for Dillyn (Leyds). You can’t persist with so
little physical presence in your back three. You face guys like Julian Savea,
Waisake Naholo and Nemani Nadolo. It’s frightening. WP have Kobus van Wyk, but
need to sign two more wings.”