Coetzee now in control at WP

2012-02-20 20:17

Cape Town - The resignation of Rassie Erasmus and the offer to join Heyneke Meyer at the Springboks have combined to give more power and decision-making responsibilities to Allister Coetzee at the Stormers.

Western Province Rugby president Tobie Titus joined Coetzee in addressing a press conference at the High Performance Centre at Bellville on Monday where it was confirmed that while Coetzee will continue as Stormers head coach and not assume the director of rugby position, he will now be the chief decision-maker on rugby related matters at the union.

When Erasmus was WP Senior Professional Coach, which was effectively another name for the director of rugby position, Coetzee had to report to Erasmus. Although a High Performance Manager is to be appointed by WP, Coetzee stressed that the person who fills the position will be second in command to him.

“The High Performance position will be a largely administrative one and the person who fills it will report directly to me and help with issues related to contracting,” said Coetzee.

Western Province announced that the appointment will be made shortly and the portfolio would include “the management of players on and off the pitch, including assistant with player contracting for the Province”.

The union also confirmed that Coetzee’s contract has been extended for the next three years. Coetzee was initially contracted until the end of October 2012, as was Erasmus. Titus said that contract extensions have also been offered to assistant coaches Robbie Fleck and Matthew Proudfoot, as well as to Stormers defence coach Jacques Nienaber and WP Vodacom Cup and Under-20 coach John Dobson.

“The important thing is that Allister is in control now and the buck stops with him so we wish him the best of luck,” said Titus.

With the opening Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes now just five days away, Coetzee said he was pleased the announcement had put an end to the ongoing speculation so that the management and the team could concentrate on the task at hand.

“I have no doubt that we have a settled group who know where they want to go,” said Coetzee.

“Rassie will be missed by us, there is no doubt about that, as a person of his standing would be in any rugby environment. But I have done this job for the past two years and am confident we can build on the successes that were started.”

The timing of the announcement, which came on the same day as Coetzee confirmed to the media that he had turned down new Springbok coach Meyer’s offer for him to join his management as backline coach, isn’t coincidental. It is understood the Bok offer put Coetzee in a position of strength in his negotiations with the union and with Erasmus already out of the picture he was in position to dictate terms.

The announcement that Coetzee won’t be assuming the rugby directorship while at the same time holding down the position of head coach will be welcomed by those who understand how demanding it is to try and dovetail the management of the contracting process with the immediate week by week challenge of trying to win every match.

Coetzee said that he would play a greater role in succession planning from next year and would endeavour to get himself acquainted with the talent coming through at all levels of rugby at WP, and this may entail him relinquishing the role of WP coach in next year’s Currie Cup. However this year he will continue to coach both WP and the Stormers.

The Stormers coach admitted that the offer to join the Boks had been a tempting one but that he had full confidence in WP/the Stormers’ ability to win a trophy.

“Our focus now is completely on the Hurricanes as it is going to be a massive game for us,” he said.


  • Bootman - 2012-02-20 20:21

    Captain Coetzee, please help us next year when we play in the Vodacom cup. Last year of Super rugby for the Stormers this year

      Francois - 2012-02-20 20:39

      Bootman, can you remember any successes of WP under Erasmus, Coetzee, even Mallett? I think last time round Alan Solomons or Gert Smal was still the coach. Allister, in rugby you need to win trophies like the CC or the Super 15 to be successful. And ya, I thought that January was in charge, nice to know who to blame if it does not work out, Allister. Bear in mind that it is but only probably the second time in SA rugby's history that WP won the CC the most furthest back in time of all big provinces. Even Transvaal is one up on you and they did not have more than 3 Bokke in last year's team. You have the charge now, use it and start coaching rugby and forget about the TV and the ads, that will come when you win.

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 20:47

      @Francois I'm only 35 years old, so no, I can't recall any rugby success stories form Cape Town. I actually feel like a comedy day today, so instead of running to the DVD store I'm actually watching some VHS and Betamax material from WP rugby. Ek lag dat die trane teen die trappe afloop man

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 20:50


      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 21:13

      Julle ek is 39 en was nog n ou tjokkertjie toe WP laas iets gewen het.

      Francois - 2012-02-20 21:46

      Dan was jy op 28 'n tjokkertjie?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 21:53

      Dit voel soveel langer terug.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 23:25

      Dankie Jaco.

      Francois - 2012-02-21 00:13

      Jaco, dit is die probleem met Allister. Die Maties is SA se beste klubspan by verre, hulle het selfs in die dae toe die weermag alle belowende spelers Pretoria getrek het gewen. Laasjaar was Eendrag se derdespan skrummie, beter as Ricky - wie speel vir die Stormers? Ex Matie - Josh Strauss lig Curriebeker tyd die beker in die lug. Sadie gaan Blou bulle toe. Corne Uys Vrystaat toe. Allister moet bietjie daar by Chean Roux gaan vra hoe kry mens dit reg om kompetisies te wen en die antwoord van hom en van Jake en van Heyneke en van John Mitchell gaan wees: Speel kombinasies - die beste een, vergeet van spelers op hulle eie en die belangrikste kombinasie in 1,2 ,3 en dan 2, 4,5 ,8 en dan 8, 9 , 10 en 10 12 13 11 en dan 10 12 13 14 en dan 9 10 15, maar die belangrikste is 1,2,3. Mens kry skaam om 'n WP ondersteuner te wees en snotneus Pretoria seuns weet die maar Allister nie.

  • Tandas - 2012-02-20 20:25

  • Hoo - 2012-02-20 20:35

    @nuweland rugby ondersteuners klub- "mayday mayday please help, we are sinking...!!! -allis in wonderland-"wat ar yoe sinking about...??" SOS...---...SOS...---...SOS...---...

      Francois - 2012-02-20 20:55

      Ou grappie - kry iets oorspronkliks - jy het eintlik die Duitse aksent hiervoor nodig.

      Hoo - 2012-02-20 21:17

      @fransie- ooo..duits jy se'?? ou grapie hmm?? jy se' weepee ken om al lankal..??

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 20:37

    Congratulation to Alister Coetzee, I hope he will use his decision making powers effectively.

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 20:49

      Alister the clown?

      Marius - 2012-02-21 06:58

      @Mzwandile. Yes, I hope so too, so that he can coach WP out of the Currie Cup, like he did with EP 10 years ago when he was put in charge there.

  • Ben - 2012-02-20 20:38

    Too early to say. The first match is only on Saturday.

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 20:49

      @Ben Hurricanes by 8

      Marcell - 2012-02-21 00:10

      Only 8? I think it is 8 by half time.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-21 00:16

      Julle altwee probeer net nice wees. Na 5 minute gaan dit 8-0 wees.

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 00:47

      Just being a typical polite Bulls supporter. Canes by 28

      Ben - 2012-02-21 09:07

      Stormers will beat them by at least 12 points.

  • Sydwell Magocoba - 2012-02-20 20:50

    Bad news for all Stormers supporters... AC is too predictable as a leader and I predict the Stormers will start fading from here on. AC is responsible for Rassie's departure, I smell a rat

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 20:53

      @Sydwell "START" fading??? What else have they done for decades?

      Sydwell Magocoba - 2012-02-20 21:06

      At Bootman, you're funny, LOL. Seriously though; there have been good performances the past few seasons.

  • Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-20 20:58

    This will be Ludekes last year at the Bulls. Now that Heineke is gone, he will be shown up for the no-talent hack that he is................Well done AC. Show everyone that Rassie only held you back.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 21:15

      O.k Bootman.

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-20 22:33

      This is the lenghts one has to go to because of that idiot Canadian trailer trash. I hear the plank is so ugly his mother has to feed him with a slingshot. The tappit doesnt need to give his patients aneastetic. He removes his surgical mask..........en hulle skrik hulle vlou.

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 22:41

      @Bullsrfairies It makes the surgery cheaper to the patient. You know am an ortho right? So i can help out a bonehead

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-20 23:03

      @fake Bullsrfairies So dom so dom

  • gordon.p.jacobs - 2012-02-20 21:03

    Good thing. More people involved, more opportunity for breaks in communication. One man in charge, and as the article said, one man where the buck stops at. Alistair here's the chance to bring your vision to the the Stormers team from point A to Z, make it count.

  • Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-20 21:05

    Watch the "DOC" create a new facebook profile..............hahahahahahahaha

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 21:36

      My secretary is working on it

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-20 23:04

      Go away

  • Gustav - 2012-02-20 22:03

    Moenie alewig wys hoe min julle weet nie. Die Stormers het verlede jaar die Suid Afrikaanse conference gewen. Die beker staan in die kaap. Dit is n baie groter prestasie as om die CC te wen. Die CC is nou n tweederangse kompetisie waarin jy teen spanne soo Griekwas speel. Daar is geen manier hoe dit met super rugby kan vergelyk. Daar is nou slegs 2 belangrike bekers. Die Conference beker en die super rugby beker. EEn van daai twee is in die kaaap. Hy gaan vanjaar daar bly. Glo nie die pienkes sal iets daaraan kan doen. LOL

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-20 22:21

      Gustav when I first read your post, I though what the hell is this guy saying. The CC is the toughest domestic competition in the world. Why is he talking crazy? Then I though about it............and you're right. If you think about it, the Conference cup is the CC minus Griquas, Leopards and two teams from OZ and two from NZ. So winning it is no small feat. The Bulls fans, however, will argue that point to no end.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 22:40

      No, the Bulls, Lions, Sharks & Cheetahs (The teams who actually win cups) will argue that point to no end.

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 22:44

      @Gustav En jy's ernstig? Dis soos om die plaat te wen in 'n kompetisie, die hele wereld onthou dit natuurlik. Al wat ek jou wil vra, hoeveel keer het die Stormers al die Super beker gewen. En dan, hoeveel keer het die Bulls? Net 2 antwoorde daar, geen opstelle

      Blou-Daan - 2012-02-21 07:20

      @Gustav Ja, Die Stormers het die conference cup gewen en het dit dalk ook bo my Bulle verdien, maar jis man, wat my die jaar pla van baie Stormer ondersteuners is dat dit klink of hulle tevrede sal wees as die Stormers net weer daai troosprysie kan verdedig. Vir julle part hoop ek nie die span het ook daai "mindset" nie. As die Bulle daai "mindset" gehaad het sou daar nooit drie Super bekers op Loftus gestaan het nie.

  • Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-20 23:02

    I just wanted to tell you that my intellect is only rivaled by garden tools, and I cheer vi di Storme. ( Ja, sonne tanne, di Stome) Ons bekes is bietjie min, os vat die papsak, en ons claim to fame is die Conference cup

  • Ronnie Atwell - 2012-02-20 23:41

    OMG - WP/Stormers rugby is in very, very serious trouble, Titus, Coetzee !!! Let's stop fooling ourselves, wer'e going to be sorry for putting these 3 jokers in charge, add Titus to this and you have a massive tragedy at hand. I pray i will be made to eat my words.

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 00:02

      @Ronnie Very true words spoken

      Marius - 2012-02-21 07:06

      At least one Stormer's supporter who is not blind to the problems waiting for them. The Titus , Coetzee combination has exactly the same make-up as the president, coach combination that saw EP being cast into the rugby wilderness for the last 10 years.

  • Brannas - 2012-02-21 03:06

    Coetzee in control Bhaahaaa, It's the same as to put Brannas in control of a Boeing 747 after he just had a bottle of klippies. Disaster awaiting Bahahahahahaha

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-21 06:57

      n Dronk Brannas het n beter kans op sukses. Jy is te hard op jouself.

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  • Jody - 2012-02-21 12:15

    Chean Roux moet WP afrig. Dit vat n man op n perd en nie n ................op n fiets nie.

      Marcel - 2012-02-21 13:55

      .... aap....

  • Sarel Brits - 2012-02-22 04:19

    I hate WP, the best is to stand outside nuwelands and check the croude all Province !! going in they booo their harts out and when they get there butts kicked they sneek out of newlands like they are going to work on a monday with a moerse babi, if WP played against a ANCYL 15 squad I would support the ANC team CALL me Watson and klap my met n snoek ma die pienk span wag vir julle.

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