Smal out of Springbok frame?

2012-01-18 08:58

Dublin - After months of speculation linking him with the vacant position of Springboks’ head coach, Gert Smal is set to remain part of the Irish management rather than return to his native country.

The Irish forwards’ coach has been strongly linked with the Springboks job, with several South African media outlets describing him as the overwhelming favourite to succeed Peter de Villiers, but Smal is intent on seeing out the remainder of his contract which expires at the end of the 2012/13 season, according to the Irish Times website.

SARU’s 12-man executive council will meet on January 26 to finalise the selection process before their recommendation is expected to be ratified by SARU’s Special General Council meeting 24 hours later.

It’s been suggested that Roux has been to Dublin to interview Smal, who also returned to Cape Town with his family on leave over Christmas, but IRFU sources have said there has been no indication Smal would be leaving, certainly not before the upcoming Six Nations.

Sources in South African rugby say that ideally the newly installed head coach would start work “ASAP”, even though the Springboks squad won’t get together until June 3 in readiness for the first of a dozen matches in 2012, in Durban against England on June 9.

However, it is believed that Smal is not of a mind to break his contract nor, with his son and daughter happily placed in schools in Ireland, move his family.


  • Lionel - 2012-01-18 09:01

    So that leaves the door open for Heynecke Meyer or unless SARU keeps Divvy!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-01-18 09:11

      Heyneke Meyer it is then. There was a time I would have welcomed his appointment with GLEE. But after naming Spies as Bulls captain, not sure anymore...... I would have liked to see what Heyneke does (with Ludeke of course) with the Bulls 1st this season. He has talked plensch about the new expansive gameplan the Bulls will be playing, and he has certainly bought the players to implement it - but will it work with a kicking 10 in Morne? Heyneke is the man who coached all the running and flair OUT of Morne Steyn and turned him into a Liefling clone.....IF Heyneke can coach the running and flair BACK into Morne Steyn - then he is gooooooooooooooooooooood. Mixed feelings about the man to be honest....BUT: if it's true about a 2 year contract only subject to strict performance clauses - then whoever is appointed will at least HAVE to perform.

      Lionel - 2012-01-18 09:18

      Morning Saffa,my first choice and I think yopurs maybe as well will be for an overseas coach to take over the reigns,however I doubt that will happen just yet!!!!! Yes Meyer did turn Morne Steyn into akicking flyhalf but he also turned the Bulls around(if we like it or not heheheehe)to winning Super trophies!!!! I agree on the 2 year clause and on performances,if the team and you don't perform,hit the road!!!!

      John - 2012-01-18 09:18

      Saffa. Stay Small fanboi

      Lionel - 2012-01-18 09:21

      Apologies Saffa for the typo's,Birthday celebrations went a wee bit to far last night:):):)

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-18 09:41

      More julle. Picking Heyneke is a no brainer. Happy birthday gooinat. Hope your team lose in the knock out games again.

      Lionel - 2012-01-18 09:46

      Dankie ou Bull,hoop jou span maak die knock out stages!!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-01-18 09:46

      Happy Bday Gooinat!!!! Hope you had a blast! Meyer is certainly a 'safe' choice. I would be screeching with glee if the names Ewan Mckenzie, John Mitchell or Wayne Smith were being thrown around.....

      Pierre - 2012-01-18 10:28

      Keep PDiv. Steyn has shown some very good form under PDiv's coaching. (Actually the whole team did, but Morne is the only choice at nr 10.) Ok Meyer can work too as head coach.

      Lionel - 2012-01-18 10:32

      Thanks Saffa:):)

      pieterduplessis - 2012-01-18 11:15

      From a big Province supporter I also believe that Heyneke should be the no 1 candidate by far. Then people like Alistiar, Rassie and Niehaber could provide immense value in supporting roles. Re P Divvy: They can just take a broken video cam along and put it in front of P Divvy, he would provide more than enough humour to the team.

      Lonne - 2012-01-18 11:31

      At least the Boks WILL NOT be competitive in 2015. I think the ABs will be the first team to win and succesfully defend the RWC title. SA is defnitely going back to 1950s rugby.

      Thomas - 2012-01-18 21:34

      Keep Diwy to handle the baggage!!!!!!!

  • Theprodigy - 2012-01-18 09:13

    good, he's no longer South African, stay in Ireland

      The-third - 2012-01-18 11:15

      Wow that's a rather dof statement to make, eh?

  • Brannas - 2012-01-18 09:30

    Meyer it will be then, At least he will be able to put a winning team together with Yster Spies as Captain and Wynand Olivier as Vice Captain and Liefling as Fly Half. Only then the World Cup will be coming home again.

      Lionel - 2012-01-18 09:32

      Drinking so early in the morning Brannas is not good for you!!!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-18 09:40

      Maak die Bulle almal Bokke.

      Saffa - 2012-01-18 09:42

      Hellllllllllllllo o drunk one. I hope you are well? (as 'well' was what a raging alcoholic with borderline personality disorder can be of course). You must have been beyond chuffed when 'yster' aka stoomstrykyster Spies was named Bulls captain? Many of us around the country heaved a sigh of relief as well to be honest - we were worried about the Bulls getting a REAL captain...

      Lionel - 2012-01-18 09:48

      @Saffa-LMFAO,Hope Brannas has not disappeared to the bottle again after that!!!!

      Ian - 2012-01-18 10:15

      @Bulldozer...hulle is.....bokdrolle!!

  • Bootman - 2012-01-18 09:47

    With Meyer as coach, fairy boy Spies will be a shoe in for bok captain. Dont know if I can handle the embarrasment of it all.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-18 09:52

      Spies and Meisie must be a hit wif all those fairies in the pink cityLOL!

      Saffa - 2012-01-18 10:16

      Whilst I am no fan of Schalk Burger as a captain in general, I reckon any person on earth would follow him into a physical battle to risk life and limb ANY day of the week without question. Ditto for Richie MCaw. Spies......well....the only following he gets is on Twitter.

  • Pierre - 2012-01-18 10:22

    Glad to see the negative and pessimists are out in full force and already have an arsenal of abuse waiting in case Meyer, Small or Coetzee gets the job. We even have the negative reports ready for a would be captain in Spies. So much for support. Keep PDiv and make Scalk captain. Even if not then do what Div did last time and try to get as many as possible of the WC squad back from Europe and Japan for the Trinations.

  • farawaysaint - 2012-01-18 10:36

    The one team the A/Blacks did not want to meet in the World Cup was the Boks.As it turned out this perception was true and our management id not have the knowledge,flexibility and experience to get the Boks past Australia despite the huge amount of posession,territory they had and irrespective of whatever the referee did or did not. The records will show we underperformed and therefore De Villiers should not be on any long or short list. Coetzee has still to deliver,on his own ,at the required level. Ignoring comittments,family situations,internal politics etc, etc the choice should be between Mallett and Meyer.None else apart from John Mitchell comes close.

  • Barry - 2012-01-18 11:24

    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. I AGREE WITH PDV HAND OVER PROPERLY JUST LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED TO GRAHAM HENRY

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