Town - Springbok forwards
Proudfoot says that transforming the national side is a
priority for the coaching staff.
Results might not be going South
Africa's way at the moment - they are coming off losses to Argentina and
Australia - but there is a bigger picture at play, says Proudfoot.
The Boks are in Wellington this
week preparing for Saturday's clash against the All Blacks, and Proudfoot said
that securing a first win over New Zealand since 2014 was not the driving force
behind the Boks.
"Rassie (Erasmus) has made
it very clear that if we don't get transformation right, if we don't get the
squad right to be competitive at the World Cup, it doesn't matter what we
do," Proudfoot said as quoted by New Zealand website Stuff.
"Bringing a squad together
that could win an individual game isn't what it's about for us.
"We realise as coaches and
management - and this is driven by Rassie - that if we have to get fired for an
individual loss or series of losses, then so be it.
"We started a process that
will develop a team that's competitive at the World Cup and represents South
Africa as a nation united, that's what this squad is about."
Proudfoot added that the coaching
staff was aware of the frustration from back home.
"We hear it, obviously you
listen to it. For all the people who criticise there are people supporting
us," Proudfoot explained.
"I can show you my phone and
the messages of support we get from past players, 'just stick with what you're
"They can see the effort and
what this team is doing on the field. Mistakes are going to happen when you're
developing a side. Every second half has been above our opponents and that's
effort. We will get the execution right the more experience this team
Kick-off on Saturday is at 09:35 (SA