Stormers won't shift Fourie
Jaque Fourie (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Western Province coach, Allister Coetzee insists that he will not play any of his players out of position if he doesn’t have to next season.
This comes after the Cape Times suggested that departing centre, Jaque Fourie, will be pushed out to the wing upon return to Cape Town during next season’s Super Rugby competition, paving the way for Juan de Jongh to combine with stalwart Jean de Villiers in midfield.
Fourie will, as is also the case with flyhalf Peter Grant, return to play Super Rugby for the Stormers after completing the Japanese season, which overlaps the beginning of the Super Rugby season.
That would mean that, barring injury, De Jongh will be Coetzee’s starting outside centre and give him the chance to cement his place in the team. Should he be successful, it would be very hard for Fourie to slot back into his accustomed role. The theory states that a player of Fourie’s quality cannot be left wilting on the bench and should find a way into the starting team, with wing the next best option available.
The player that would have to make way - should that option be taken - is Conrad Jantjies, with regular wing, Gio Aplon probably shifting back to fullback.
“I am of the opinion that players of the same position should compete, and the best guy on form must play, must start.
“I will have a chat with all of them again. I am not in favour of playing players out of position.” Coetzee told Wednesday’s Cape Times.
The Cape Town rugby public want Western Province rugby to answer for it’s shortcomings of this season after failing to reach the final of neither the Super Rugby competition nor the Currie Cup. Coetzee still believes that they will not have to wait that much longer.
“I can’t mope over the past - it’s done. I’ve got to focus, and it makes me more excited to work harder to get silverware here.
“To pay back the people who are loyal and have supported us. I know that we are really not far off. We will do whatever it takes to win trophies next season.
“It’s something where there are no guarantees. But I will put whatever needs to be put in place to achieve that. We’ve developed and brought players through. There’s continuity in the coaching system, and we will keep continuity with the players now. I feel very positive going forward.”