SARU to shock and keep Div?

2012-01-18 13:25

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) could spring a massive surprise next week and retain incumbent Springbok coach Peter de Villiers as a caretaker coach for the upcoming three-Test series against England.

This is one of the options being mulled as the deadline to appoint the new Bok coach fast approaches, with all three of the contenders on the shortlist currently under contract at other Rugby Unions.

According to top sources close to the process, this is more than just a possibility at the moment. SARU have previously indicated that they are aiming for January 27 as the date to ratify the appointment of the coach, after receiving the recommendation a day earlier. But if the right candidate cannot be secured by this date, this proposed option has been put forward as an alternative, to ensure the Springboks get the right coach for the future.

While SARU Chief Executive Jurie Roux has been hard at work in head-hunting the new coach, the contractual commitments that three of the four short-listed candidates have has made it difficult to snare the right candidate before next week’s deadline.

It has now emerged that SARU are considering an option to ask De Villiers to stay on for six months so that his successor can be successfully signed on. This would mean he would prepare the Bok team for the England series in June, before handing over the reins to his successor for the Castle Rugby Championship in September.

"This is the most important decision we have to make as SARU and appointing the best man for the job is critical," Roux said in December, underlining the importance in getting the right candidate. "The skills and qualities required by a Springbok coach are confined to only a small number of potential candidates.”

De Villiers has said more than once that he is willing to stay on to mentor his successor, and has publicly indicated that a proper handover would be necessary to ensure the succession process is handled as it should be.

The three week tour by England is looming large as it comes in the middle of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament, and stars a week after local players play in two massive derbies in the competition. While the Boks will run out against England on June 9, the previous weekend sees the Sharks taking on the Cheetahs while the Stormers face the Bulls. A day later the Bok coach will start his preparations for the England games.

While SARU have made no public acknowledgements, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee, Bulls Director of coaching Heyneke Meyer and Ireland assistant coach Gert Smal are rumoured to be on the shortlist, with De Villiers completing the quartet as the incumbent.

However while Smal is said to be the front runner, his contractual obligations to Ireland, where he recently signed a three year extension to his contract, have made things difficult in negotiations. Coupled with the fact that his son finishes school in Ireland in June, it has made Smal a difficult proposition as coach.

Meyer was only appointed in his position last year and while he was prevented by a political decision from getting the job in 2007, his track record and motivational capabilities are beyond question. The Bulls however would not be keen to part with him as he has just begun rebuilding the Bulls franchise with head coach Frans Ludeke after the exodus of Springbok players after the World Cup.

The Stormers sit with the same conundrum with Allister Coetzee. After Rassie Erasmus’ resignation last week, the Stormers coach is unlikely to find favour with his own Board of Directors if SA Rugby does come knocking.

The scenario to keep De Villiers on for another six months has found some favour especially as it would allow Smal to complete the Six Nations tournament with Ireland while the Bulls and Stormers may be more accepting if they knew they had their assets available for the Super Rugby competition.

Smal and Coetzee were assistant coaches to Jake White when he won the World Cup in 2007, with Smal also boasting two Currie Cup titles to his name. Meyer, assistant coach to Nick Mallett in the World-record equalling run of 17 unbeaten wins, built the Bulls empire in the last decade with a Super 14 win in 2007 and four Currie Cup titles in-between.

SARU have stuck to their pledge not to comment on the appointment, with GM: Communications Andy Colquhoun confirming only “that Peter de Villiers is on the shortlist”.


  • Dhirshan - 2012-01-18 12:35

    pathetic from saru - there so much time till the 3 test series and they panicing. i know peter is a 'God given talent' and what not haha, but cumon! hyneke will bring boring old-school 10 man bulls rugby to the table, cant we get john mitchell???

      Squeegee - 2012-01-18 13:06

      News24, why are you trying to scare us?

      Gerhard - 2012-01-18 13:50!/pages/Stop-Peter-De-Villiers-coaching-the-Boks-again/196414927102819

      Dirk - 2012-01-18 14:39

      If they want to play at empty stadiums, go ahead. Supporters, really stretched their patience and this would be crossing the line

      Spyker - 2012-01-18 18:52

      Supposed ...boring old-school 10 man..." rugby won us two RWC titles - how many WC titles have coach John Mitchell won..?

      Thomas - 2012-01-18 21:17

      It was SARU and Lawrence who screwed up our chances of going for a third WC title in a row!! If they had chosen a coach (Heyneke) that knew what he was doing we would have had a team to win in 2011 with the makings of a team to challange in 2015!!!!!!! As for boring 10 man rugby, weren't we the team that scored the most tries in 07'? Playing Baa Baas type rugby against weaker teams looks great but when two even strength teams meet in a WC game it's a hard grind of which we are the best!!

      Neville - 2012-01-18 21:39

      Hi Sean are you saying that Jurie Roux is a "buffoon"?

      Sean - 2012-01-18 22:08

      @Neville - No names were mentioned , I was speaking in general . These days , even if you are a CEO , political involvement in sport f@cks everyrthing up !! You can be the best coach or the best ceo in the world , but if you can`t do your thing dew to politics ...........................

      Pierre - 2012-01-19 02:30

      You guys are just not reasoning well. Div had a better record in the 4 years then most previous coaches. More important the SA team was the best I have ever seen them in that fateful ¼ final; and we all know why we lost. If things went well people say it is because of the senior players; if things went bad it was Div. Typical thick headed thinking. The fact that many players from 2007 stayed on was not just lucky for Div. It was hard work and a deliberate choice on his part to keep these players. We had a stable and experienced squad, but that was because of Div’s doing not despite. Most other SA coaches would have opted for a new young team; building from scratch. Div was the first coach in a long line that stuck with experienced players. Give Div the credit he deserves I would prefer Div to stay on.

      Francois - 2012-01-19 06:32

      Firstly, if it happens, it will be interesting to see if Snorre can select a team on his own and not play with an inherited team and let Matfield, Du Preez and Smit select the team. M Steyn will probably be kept and that will mean that Snorre will have only one possible game plan and that one backfires when the Bokke gets enough ball to run the Comraded with, they don't know how to do it as QF in RWC 2011 showed. SPyker, none of Kitch or Jake won a world cup before they were appointed, thus I don't think this comment of yours (unlike some of your others) is flooding with logic. Neillve, Jurie Roux may not be a buffoon, but he combs his hair like one and even if he is not a buffon, Sean has every right to call him so (though he did not). It is called freedom of expression I think it is an insult to buffoons. Hoskins should also be included in the "We make buffoons look good" club.

      Pierre - 2012-01-19 07:42

      Ok I am getting over verbal and will stop now. Only want to clarify; Morne Steyn was not "inherited" and only started playing international rugby under De Villiers. So too was Brussow, Lambie and Francious Hougaard. (All key players now.) Upcoming players like Ashley Johnson, Coenie Oosthuizen, Gio Aplon, Bjorn Basson, Juan de Jongh (just to name a few) all look promising and got their national colours under Div. Div kept experienced players, but also introduced many younger players. There is no doubt about his selection skills.

  • Kurt - 2012-01-18 12:41

    Please no!!!! i would rather put a camp fire out with my face than see him again.... please no!! Come Rassie or Allister

  • barry.visser1 - 2012-01-18 12:42

    what a joke!

  • Henk - 2012-01-18 12:49

    jy maak seker 'n grap! is ons al op 1 April? moet wees!

      Gerhard - 2012-01-18 13:51!/pages/Stop-Peter-De-Villiers-coaching-the-Boks-again/196414927102819

  • Schalk - 2012-01-18 12:58

    Read that article and you tell me out of those 4 mentioned which two should on merit be the next Springbok coach.... Saru its not rocket science, stop clowing around and get a man to do a man's job.

  • Pierre - 2012-01-18 13:03

    Just appoint John Mitchell !

      Koos - 2012-01-18 14:23

      hell yeah!!!

      Pierre - 2012-01-19 02:23

      Let John Mitchell first get away from the bottom 2 of the Super Rugby log, then we can talk again.

  • Jules Thorne - 2012-01-18 13:12

    come on guys Peter not that bad,they only made bad choices in the past,we all human

  • Paul - 2012-01-18 13:30

    Piet Snorre might not be my choice as rugby coach for the Bokke but I also have this funny feeling that he will remain as coach?

  • Stanley - 2012-01-18 13:38

    I dont get this: Jake White wins the W/C and looses his Job.. Div takes the Boks from being the strongest side in the world to just a normal team..And he lost the W/C... And now he can retain his coaching position....WTF IS THIS.....

      Neville - 2012-01-18 21:36

      And here I thought the senior players did the coaching along with Rassie

      sam.kaitawa - 2012-01-19 05:52

      It's quite simple really, straight after and before "07 the Boks were thrashed......the Boks never played ANZAC teams yet played Fiji (almost beaten) and Argentina........the same 07 team that "won" the cup under J.White were annihilated during 08. How many tri-nations have you won again. I'd suggest going back to the drawing board, and if that doesn't work I'd suggest a simple game of joining the dots, perhaps chess...... who's white/black and which square does the black king go on again. King Divvy, yay.

      sam.kaitawa - 2012-01-19 05:54

      Strongest side in the world against Fiji? getting thrashed again in the tri-nations. Don't you think you're over exaggerating Stan?

      Pierre - 2012-01-19 07:51

      Hey Kiwi I think that ozone hole above your island is affecting your thinking. SA beat the AB’s for the 1st time ever in Dunedin in 2008, and went on to win the Tri-nations in 2009, beating the All Blacks 3 times in a row. (2007 WC, SA beat Argentina who beat France, and who in turn beat Nz. It’s not our fault the ANZAC teams were not up to the challenge.)

      Carl - 2012-01-19 08:15

      Yeah KIWI, Pierre is right, so I think you're just trying to look for anything to try trash us. Its not as if the All Blacks were meant to win this World Cup final, France out played you guys, fact.

  • Phil - 2012-01-18 13:42

    Bite on the bullet and get rid of this muppet before he causes any more damage

  • Kevin - 2012-01-18 13:44

    AA and politics to rule the day here!!!!

  • Deon - 2012-01-18 13:47

    It won't be so bad, 6 to 12 months is better than another 4 years. Then get Meyer / Smal.

  • Deon - 2012-01-18 13:49

    ok appoint pdv for the interim period, BUT as a back room boy ONLY! No media exposure, No speeches etc, and while you're about it just appoint john smit, voctor matfield, danie rossouw and the other senior players from 2011 cos i think they where the 'COACHES' anyway and not pdv........Oh please NO...No...........NO no more of him!!!

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-18 13:50

    Go LIKE this page, this buffoon must forever not touch he boks again!!!/pages/Stop-Peter-De-Villiers-coaching-the-Boks-again/196414927102819

  • Ben Nel - 2012-01-18 13:52

    So the Mayans were correct?

  • johan.cronje1 - 2012-01-18 13:55

    O my Soul, would that mean John Smit back as caretaker captain.

  • Piter - 2012-01-18 14:04

    Honestly, if I could choose anyone (if race played no part), my coaching team will look like this Head Coach : Heineke Meyer, Assistant Coach : John Mitchell, Assistant Coach 2 : Allistair Coetzee. Technical Advisor : Rassie Erasmus, Kicking Coach : Braam van Straaten, Defence Coach : Jacques Nienaber And I promise you, this is not a paloeka coaching panel

      Corné - 2012-01-18 14:31

      In what World would John Mithcell take a job as an assistant coach after alll the success he has had? Are you smoking someting?

      Kosie - 2012-01-18 15:22

      @ corne: one currie cup and 13th in S15 is not much . you lions supporters haven't won anything in years and now in a world cup year you suddenly won one and now your the best. p.s you last won the currie cup in 99 against the sharks, and that was also a world cup year. so don't coun't your chickens.

  • Johan - 2012-01-18 14:06

    Brendan Nel should be fired, this is just sensationalist Bull !!!

  • Soetdoring - 2012-01-18 14:08

    I do not have a problem with a care taker role for Snor, provided the rest of the announcement specifically states that Heyneke Meyer will take over as coach form a predetermined date. Meyer was the best candidate 4 years ago and nothing has changed to justify a different selection now.

  • cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-01-18 14:17

    It seems i may be the only one on this forum happy about PDiv but so be it. i don't care about the thumbs down this will get the comment but I like the man, and so do the team.

  • Anton - 2012-01-18 14:43

    If they wait, they could get Nick Mallett...

      Bert - 2012-01-18 17:55

      Could wait a long time. I think Nick is enjoying the Euro at present. If that falters, as it may do, then there is the English job in British Pounds. Now against the Rand, and Nick thinking forward to retiring someday, which way would you jump?

  • Enlightened - 2012-01-18 14:44

    well of course. We are a losing nation, our medical system is horrific, education standard is dropping every year to ensure pass rates, I saw some pics of our current defense force members a few days ago and in my day I'd have been arrested for insulting the uniform, prices of food are escalating at unheard of paces so yeah, let;'s mess up our rugby as well. Div's the man for the job.

  • Skhona Skratchy-l Luswazi - 2012-01-18 15:43

    Hahahaha!!!!!! you kidding right?

  • whusselmann - 2012-01-18 16:53

    All Blacks already appointed a coach and they are already planning their defence of the world cup.We want to appoint caretaker coaches and waste time .If SARU can t appoint a coach by their own deadline ,they surely are a weak bunch of decisionless administrators and should fire themselves.The only province that looks like they understand how a backline should play is the Cheetahs.Get a backline coach from them.Os du Randt would do wonders with the forwards and get Rassie or Paul Treu to call the shots as headcoach.Come on ,how difficult can it be .

  • clivegoss - 2012-01-18 17:36

    Div for coach en klaar

  • Fred James Muller - 2012-01-18 21:35

    Ag no man...this is unacceptable....Snorre must move many times must Meyer still prove himself?......Just imagine Meyer, rassie and defensive coach of stormers working together.....Its gonna be a killer....

  • Fred James Muller - 2012-01-18 21:44

    I agree with Stanley....this oke gives me headackes when he's on the telly.....NO NO NO NO MoRE of him PLEASE!!!!!

  • Karoo - 2012-01-19 02:31

    SARU should think carefully about this. If the Boks luck out and win a few on the trot, political pressure may well make it impossible to replace PdV, when clearly better candidates are available. I believe a multiracial Bok team that can kick @rse is good for nation building and the spectacle of World Rugby. We need to upgrade our coach. PdV is not the worst coach the Boks have had. But he surely is not the best candidate at this point.

  • Llewelyn - 2012-01-19 08:06

    The best decision and now can the real Pdivvy please step forward . Pdivvy you can do this get rid of these useless guys around you and do your own thing .You the man .Pdivvy for prseident

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