Cape Town - SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins has called on the country’s schools coaches to play their part in improving the attacking skills of South African players.
The Springboks, and many local franchise teams, have copped criticism in recent years for adopting conservative game styles.
Hoskins was speaking at the 53rd annual Under-18 Craven Week at Kearsney College just outside Durban.
He admitted that the playing style of South African teams was a worry for the South African Rugby Union.
“I think we as South Africans know that the time has come for us to stop trying to run through a wall and instead sprint around the wall,” Hoskins was quoted as saying by Netwerk24.
“I’m calling on all schools coaches to please help change our style of play. Unfortunately it cannot happen from the top, it has to start with coaching at schools level.”
The current Craven Week has been a spectacle for running rugby with 136 tries (in 15 games) scored on the first three days of the event, at an average of almost 10 tries per game.