Cape Town - Springbok coach
Allister Coetzee is looking forward to start in earnest with the preparation
plans of the forthcoming international season after the Executive Council of SA
Rugby reaffirmed its support for the Bok coach and approved the appointment of
Franco Smith as new assistant coach.
The former Springbok back was confirmed as new member of the
national coaching team following the thorough review that SA Rugby undertook
after the Springboks had a very disappointing season in 2016.
Smith, who is
also the Cheetahs head coach, will look after the Boks’ backline and
attacking play, while the new defence coach will be announced once contractual
details are finalised.
Coetzee said: “I am glad the review process is done and want
to thank the Exco for reaffirming their support in me as Springbok coach.
“We have no excuses for our poor performances of 2016 even
though last year was an extremely challenging season. Our below par
performances will never be acceptable and we will have to turn it around.
“Since the team’s return from the Outgoing Tour
at the end of last year, my entire focus has been on planning for the 2017
season and onwards, and ensuring we show a marked improvement.
“At this time last year I was still to be appointed, but
this time I have had the already been planning, holding meetings, preparation
camps and fine tuning logistics, to ensure optimal performance. These plans
were shared with the local franchise coaches in December and again on
Wednesday, 15 February.”
Coetzee and members of his coaching staff had a two-day
planning meeting in Johannesburg earlier this month while the full Springbok
management gathered in Cape Town two weeks ago, where the year’s planning was
discussed in detail.
“Although the review process had to run its course, I have
continued with background planning. Apart from the three indabas, a lot of work
has already taken place behind the scenes to make sure we are much better
prepared for 2017,” said the Springbok coach.
Coetzee mentioned that the positive effect of the indabas,
where the Springbok coaches and conditioning staff met with their local
franchise colleagues, is already evident in preparation of the local franchise
“We also shared our continuity plan for the Springboks with
them and I am happy with the progress we have made so far,” said Coetzee, who
added that the indabas are set to continue.”