Loubscher in line for Bok job?

2012-03-08 09:52

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Former Springbok wing Ricardo Loubscher is the new favourite to become Springbok backline coach for the forthcoming season.

South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux was spotted in Pretoria Wednesday for a meeting with the Blue Bulls Company CEO, one which ostensibly was to negotiate the release of some of the Bulls management staff for the Springboks.

But while SARU are keeping tight-lipped on the matter, and the Bulls have also not entertained any talk of their staff leaving, Loubscher’s name has been mentioned in the halls of Loftus Versfeld as someone being targeted by new Bok coach Heyneke Meyer for his coaching team.

Meyer was appointed in January and has since struggled to get the buy in of the provinces to release staff to the national side, with CEO Jurie Roux undertaking the negotiations to get the best team in place.

Initially Meyer had targeted Stormers coach Allister Coetzee, who turned the offer down and chose to stay at the Super Rugby franchise, and the other contender mentioned in the media, Bok Sevens coach Paul Treu, has indicated he wants to concentrate on the Olympic role in 2016.

This has brought Loubscher into the frame, and the former Bok winger, who was coached by Meyer at the Bulls as a player, was then lured into coaching in Pretoria and has been learning the trade under the new Bok coach and Bulls coach Frans Ludeke for seven years now.

Loubscher has been a highly successful backline coach to the Bulls junior teams, raking in titles in his tenure there, and was also the Bulls backline coach for the Vodacom Cup team that won the title in 2010. He has since assisted Meyer in helping the Tuks Varsity Cup team become a force in the competition and is currently splitting his role between Tuks and the Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup side.

SARU GM: Communications Andy Colquhoun would not discuss the coaching roles before an official announcement was made, saying that there was no new news on the Bok management team at the moment.

But a source close to the Bulls has confirmed that Loubscher is on a “wish list” handed to Roux to discuss with Bulls CEO Barend van Graan.

The wish list also includes Bulls forwards coach Johan van Graan and conditioning coach Basil Carzils.

The one Bulls coach who isn’t likely to join Meyer is long-time confidant and friend John McFarland, whose contract is apparently locked in until the end of 2013. It seems Stormers defensive coach Jacques Nienaber is likely to fulfill this role, with most of the other positions already being “inherited” by Meyer.

The team manager Charles Wessels is likely to stay, as is team doctor Craig Roberts and physios Vivian Verwant and Rene Naylor, as all have long-term contracts with the national union.

Meyer has also not ruled out using consultants in his management team, with lineout specialist Victor Matfield a prime candidate to help the national team out and may even go overseas in search of coaching staff if he cannot secure his team in South Africa.

No timeline has been given for the appointments, and it is clear that SARU are trying to get the balance right, both in terms of having the specialists that Meyer wants, and those that are both affordable and available for the national cause.


  • Terence - 2012-03-08 10:11

    It really is starting to sound like common sence is prevailing at SARU. Take your time and get it right first time seems to be the way to go. The new look BOK line up sounds as if it might have a nice feel to it. Good News indeed.

  • Jason - 2012-03-08 10:13

    The proof will be in the results, no doubt we have some incredible talent in SA at the moment. And Meyer has mentioned that he wants to field the best available side in all games! I for one like that, I hate the building towards world cup excuses when we lose!

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 10:20

      If Heyneke's aim is to WIN every game, then I have no doubt he will get all the support he needs from the public. If he starts with the "building" for the World Cup talk - people will protest. I just want the Boks to win a frikkin Grandslam up north - and a possibly give the Frenchies a hiding or 2 in France as well......The WC is important - but I would be just as happy with a 85% win record in between world cups. Thats why the AB's really are the world leaders - they play to win every frikkin game, end of.

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 10:40

      To add to that: How bloody refreshing it would be for the Boks to be known as the BEST team in the world, the number one ranked team for an extended period of time, and NOT just World Champs 'who got lucky'.

      Jason - 2012-03-08 11:02

      You see, we start talking Bok rugby and I get all warm and fussy inside!!!!! Heres to hoping!

      henco.swart - 2012-03-08 16:56

      @Jason: fuzzy or fussy? @ Saffa, I am with you, I would LOVE to see the Bokke having a 85%+ winning ratio, and I do believe it is possible... Heck, I even believe a 85% winning ratio is too low with Meyer.

      Jason - 2012-03-08 18:32

      FUZZY i meant not very fussy at all!

  • Glenn - 2012-03-08 11:27

    Nothing against Ricardo Loubscher as a player, but Springbok backline coach???????????????? Is SARU trying to scrape the bottom of the barrel. There are more qualified coaches in the country and plenty coaches that have paid their dues in the rugby fraternity

  • Graham - 2012-03-08 11:39

    Funny. The wikipedia page for Ricardo Loubscher says he played for the Sharks and played 4 times for springboks. You need 5 games to be capped. Doesnt say a word about being trained and playing for the Bulls at all.....

      Heiku - 2012-03-08 14:24

      Lol you need 5 games to be capped? You need to get laid at least 5 times to lose your virginity as well?

  • Schalk - 2012-03-08 11:49

    Its not about the coach he wants its about the personality. Heyneke wants to be in full control of every decision that will be made during his tenure. With someone like Ricardo he gets exactly that someone who he can dictate to and not get questioned. I'm not saying this is a bad thing as it seemed to have worked well for Heyneke over his coaching career. Its that this job is much bigger than any coaching job he has taken on and exercising full control in such a taxing environment will take its toll. So either he needs to ease his own anxieties or run the risk of needing to be two places at once.

  • Colin - 2012-03-08 11:55

    Illustrious career as a bok wing, no doubt!!?? Just a sop to the ruling party agent who always lurks in the background at rugby matches!!

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-08 15:48

    Saru want somebody colourful that can explain to them what’s going on... Somebody who understand them and that are part of “their family"

  • Joan - 2012-03-09 10:10

    SA Backline coach required. Must have: Absolute knowledge of every aspect of backline play but especially 9,10 & 15. Absolute respect by current players. Man management skills. Proof of success in previous coaching roles. Applications to ....

  • Soetdoring - 2012-03-09 11:05

    I do not have a specific opinion on Riccardo Loubscher, but I am happy with him because it seems Heyneke is happy with him.

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