As it happened: Coetzee the new coach

2016-04-12 09:17

A recap of the coverage of the announcement of Heyneke Meyer's successor as Springbok coach.

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12 Apr 11:55  

That's all from the announcement. 

Just to confirm, Allister Coetzee is the new Springbok coach on a four-year deal ...

12 Apr 11:53   Mbalula: I have all the confidence in the Springboks and it is a team that I respect all the time ...
12 Apr 11:52  
12 Apr 11:51  

Mbalula: Coach, you have my 100% support and I wish you all the best. We'll see you through this journey until the end. 

Today is a great moment for rugby and our forward momentum. 

12 Apr 11:49   Mbalula urging the nation to support their teams and coaches in difficult times ...
12 Apr 11:48   Mbalula: Coach, you are going to need a lot of players and a lot of support. 
12 Apr 11:43   Mbalula wishes previous coaching team well ...
12 Apr 11:43  

Mbalula: The appointment is historic. It is not a token appointment ... Coetzee has walked his own journey. 


12 Apr 11:41   Mbalula congratulates Coetzee ...
12 Apr 11:40  
12 Apr 11:38   Hoskins: We're encouraging those teams to replicate what the Stormers have done ...
12 Apr 11:37   Hoskins: Common knowledge that all of the teams aren't up there with the Stormers in terms of transformation ...
12 Apr 11:33   Coetzee: I'm really happy with the intensity I've seen from our sides in Super Rugby ...
12 Apr 11:33   Coetzee: I would like players to focus on Super Rugby. The last thing a Super Rugby coach wants is a Springbok coach interfering ...
12 Apr 11:31   Hoskins: We understand that our currency is weak, but at the end of the day we need to look at whether picking a team from players based overseas is in our best interest ...
12 Apr 11:30   Hoskins: We have to look seriously at whether we can continue to pick the team from players who are outside the country ...
12 Apr 11:29   Coetzee: Whenever you put on a Springbok jersey there is massive expectation ...
12 Apr 11:28   Coetzee: When we select a team it will always be in the best interest of the Springboks and the country ...
12 Apr 11:27   Coetzee: We must make sure that we make the best selections for SA. I have a good relationship with our selectors ...
12 Apr 11:27   Coetzee: I need to back every player I select ... I need to give them confidence. 
12 Apr 11:26  

Coetzee: Transformation is not an issue for me. A national coach has to understand that he is living in SA. 

At Stormers I was faced with same challenge in Super Rugby ... it is an exciting challenge. 

When I left the Stormers we were Currie Cup champions and won the SA conference as a transformed side ...

12 Apr 11:24   Coetzee: If I would like to use overseas-based players, it's been arranged already. 
12 Apr 11:23   Coetzee: As South Africans we put unnecessary pressure on our captain. I will meet certain players, inside the country and outside the country, and make sure that our captain becomes instrumental in making sure that we win Test matches ...
12 Apr 11:22   Coetzee: I will make use of all of the resources available to better SA rugby ...
12 Apr 11:21  

Coetzee: Meyer did a tremendous job. He brought through young players, which I am grateful for.

Coetzee confirms that he will still be talking to Meyer in the weeks to come ...

12 Apr 11:19   Coetzee: Our big thing is to have a look at our speed of movement on attack and how quickly we can move the ball ...
12 Apr 11:18   Coetzee: We have to evolve ... I will make sure we keep what we're good at. We're renowned for our physicality. We have to be a bit smarter with where we want to use our physicality ...
12 Apr 11:17   Coetzee: I know we have the talent and the players, and if they buy into it then we can go anywhere and do well ...
12 Apr 11:17   Coetzee: You want a Springbok team that must play for the passion of the Bok and the green and gold ...
12 Apr 11:16   Coetzee: I've never been a person that really placed myself into the position. I've always focused on the current job at hand and looked to do my best ... if it was meant to be then it was meant to be ...
12 Apr 11:14   Coetzee doesn't give much away in terms of what he is thinking in terms of a possible captain ...
12 Apr 11:14   Coetzee: Most important thing for me is to get a squad of 30 or 40 players ready for the incoming series ... to make sure they by into our culture and the way we want to play.
12 Apr 11:12   Coetzee: The Irish are a settled team ... they will be formidable. 
12 Apr 11:12   Coetzee: We have to be ready by the June Tests. I know the big thing in terms of readiness is to have your best 23 players ready ....
12 Apr 11:11   Fikile Mbalula has arrived ...
12 Apr 11:11  
12 Apr 11:10   Coetzee: South Africans in general have been good to me. While at the Stormers, I've always had good experiences with rugby-loving people ...
12 Apr 11:10   Coetzee: I think it's an important day in my life. A humbling experience and a massive honour. I'm very grateful to SA Rugby ...
12 Apr 11:09   Assistants: Mzwandile Stick, Johann van Graan ...
12 Apr 11:07   Coetzee: Gives me great pleasure to announce management team ...
12 Apr 11:06   Allister Coetzee takes his seat as the photographers go wild ...
12 Apr 11:06   Hoskins: He is no stranger to SA rugby and I believe he is the best man for the job ...
12 Apr 11:05   Hoskins: It is no secret, but it still gives me goosebumps to announce Allister Coetzee as Bok coach ...
12 Apr 11:05   Hoskins: Announcement wasn't made on April 1 out of respect to his club in Japan ...
12 Apr 11:04   Hoskins: We met on April 1 and it was unanimous choice of all our stakeholders ...
12 Apr 11:04   Hoskins: SA Rugby Union has a high performance committee who were entrusted with task of recommending to SA Exec Council who next coach should be ...
12 Apr 11:03   Hoskins: We had to take stock of what had happened in last four years ...
12 Apr 11:02   Oregan Hoskins, SA Rugby president, about to make announcement ...
12 Apr 11:01   Oregan Hoskins and Jurie Roux at the table with two empty chairs in between them ...

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