Springboks

Coetzee believes he is right man for Boks

2016-11-23 09:00
Allister Coetzee (Getty)

Cape Town - Allister Coetzee believes a win over Wales could be the catalyst to turn his horrendous tenure as Springbok coach around.

Coetzee’s Springboks suffered more humiliation this past weekend as they went down 20-18 to Italy in Florence.

It was their first ever loss to the Italians, who were ranked 13th in the world heading into the Test.

Under Coetzee’s tutelage in 2016, the Boks have lost seven of 11 Tests. It has included a first ever loss to Ireland on home soil, losing away to Argentina and getting pummelled by a record 57-15 scoreline at home against the All Blacks.

But Coetzee believes he is on the right track with the Boks.

“In the short term South African rugby is in pain but I think it will have long-term benefits for our game,” Coetzee told The Guardian. “We have regressed and at times we have tried to blast over the cracks but as South Africans we can see the system is not working. If we do not address that collectively, we will be in a worse position; there will be discussions about administration, coaching, players, the whole lot.”

Coetzee also highlighted what he feels to be a major current stumbling block.

“A big problem for us is conditioning with several of our squad based overseas,” he said. “Their season does not finish until June and we are in the middle of ours when they join up. I would love to keep more players in South Africa because the position is crazy but we cannot control the euro and the yen. We are in discussions about formulating a policy and I have a good idea of what should happen, sooner rather than later. I will be meeting the Super Rugby coaches next month and players will know where they stand.”

Read more on:    springboks  |  wales  |  allister coetzee  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 29 September 2018
South Africa v Australia, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 06 October 2018
South Africa v New Zealand, Loftus Versfeld 17:05
Saturday, 03 November 2018
England v South Africa, Twickenham Stadium 17:00
Saturday, 10 November 2018
France v South Africa, Stade de France 18:00
France v South Africa, Stade de France 22:05
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Scotland v South Africa, BT Murrayfield Stadium 17:00
Scotland v South Africa, BT Murrayfield Stadium 19:20
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 17:00
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 19:20
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Following the win over the All Blacks in Wellington, Springbok supporters will be counting down the days until the return fixture at Loftus on October 6. How do you see that match ending?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.