Rugby

All Blacks in camp as Boks fumble over coach

2017-01-24 11:20
Sonny Bill Williams (Getty Images)

Cape Town - While uncertainty still surrounds the identity of the Springbok coach, arch-rivals, the All Blacks, have just completed a two-day camp.

Allister Coetzee to stay on as Bok coach, or Rassie Erasmus to ride to the national team's rescue?

Those appear to be the only two possible scenarios as we head into 2017.

While initial reports suggested SA Rugby simply didn't have the R13 million required to pay Coetzee out for the remainder of his contract (3-years), latest reports indicate the governing body are willing to offer Erasmus a 5-year contract!

This despite Erasmus' own agent confirming the former Springbok flank was "very happy" at Munster, has a "long-term deal" as director of rugby at the Irish club and "doesn't have the interference that happens in South Africa".

Coetzee used the lateness of his appointment (early April last year) as being one of the main reasons for the disastrous year the Boks endured in 2016, when they won 4 out of 12 Tests.

The truth of the matter is no matter who takes charge, there's no way he'll meet with the Bok squad before April.

The Boks face France in the opening Test of the year on June 10 - less than 5 months away.

All the while, the world's No 1 side, the All Blacks, appear without problems, as they gathered this weekend for a 2-day camp, as confirmed by star centre Sonny Bill Williams.

The All Blacks take on the British & Irish Lions in the first of three Tests, on June 24.

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