Rugby Championship

Hoskins was uncertain about Bok coach

2016-09-22 10:20
Oregan Hoskins (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins, who announced his resignation mid-August, has revealed that he was uncertain about the decision to appoint Allister Coetzee as Springbok coach. 

In an interview with EWN, Hoskins revealed that former coach Heyneke Meyer's decision not to renew his contract following the 2015 Rugby World Cup had left him unclear on what to do. 

According to the article, Hoskins had "sleepless nights" in plotting the way forward. 

"I actually didn’t know the answer sitting as the president at the beginning of this year," Hoskins said.

"The one problem I didn’t want to deal with was who should be the next coach, because I felt that whoever took the poison chalice was really going to have a tough time.

"You know if you look at the exodus of our top players, anybody who is appointed as the national coach is on a hiding."

Hoskins went on to speak about a campaign and petition that had been started by former Springboks that was directed at ensuring Meyer's demise. 

On his own demise at SA Rugby, Hoskins conceded that there were issues between himself and the Executive Council. 

Hoskins said he had suggested five years ago that SA Rugby should break away from SANZAR and join the northern hemisphere. 

He said that the current state of rugby in South Africa was reaching crisis point and that urgent action needed to be taken with all relevant stakeholders in the form of a "national convention" to save the game. 

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