Fleck: Bok 'blueprint' won't dictate our style

    2017-01-16 13:27

    Cape Town - October's SA Rugby coaching Indaba saw Springbok coach Allister Coetzee get the ball rolling in his search for a South African 'blueprint'. 

    The idea is simple: to get everybody on the same page in terms of how South African players should be coached from a junior level right through to Super Rugby. 

    All six Super Rugby coaches were present at that Indaba and they also joined Coetzee in a follow-up meeting in December. 

    The concern, of course, is that the Super Rugby sides would be instructed how to train and, ultimately, how to play. 

    But, according to Stormers coach Robbie Fleck, each Super Rugby side has been encouraged to keep its own identity and there has actually been no word from SA Rugby on what the final 'blueprint' should look like. 

    "There is nothing yet from SA Rugby," Fleck said.

    "They've given us some feedback from the meetings that they had.

    "It's nothing that is enforced on us as a franchise. 

    "We certainly will work and help SA Rugby in whatever way we can and help them develop the players in the way they see it, but we’ve got our own philosophies, culture and game-plan and that will continue.

    "That was agreed among all the coaches, including Allister. They want each team to have their own flavour but when it comes to alignment we will certainly help them where we can."

    The Stormers get their Super Rugby campaign underway on February 25 with a clash against the Bulls at Newlands.

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