SA Rugby in all their wisdom, has decided to sack one of the very few people involved in SA Rugby that actually makes a positive contribution.
Du Randt confirmed to Sport24 on Tuesday that he had been informed in writing by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) that his contract as scrumming consultant will not be renewed and that he will therefore not be part of the Boks’ World Cup management team.
“I am obviously disappointed, especially as Peter (De Villiers, the Springbok coach) had told me that I have the so-called x-factor that he needs in his World Cup management team. And now the x-factor is staying at home,” said the former Springbok prop.
A shortage of money is apparently the main reason being offered by SARU as to why his contract is not being extended.
The former Bok prop, who played in the World Cup-winning teams of 1995 and 2007, was brought in as consultant by De Villiers ahead of last year’s Tri-Nations. He also was part of the management team that toured with the Boks on their recent end-of-season trip to Britain and Ireland.
“I had already arranged my life as if I would be involved with the Boks until after the World Cup. I have rented out my farm and bought a house in Bloemfontein,” said Du Randt.
Du Randt’s farm is in the Theunissen district.
However, Du Randt is not unemployed. He has a contract as the Cheetahs’ scrumming coach for the duration of the Super Rugby competition and there is a possibility that it may be extended by coach Naka Drotské.
Sport24 previously reported a number of overseas club sides, and international teams that will be participating in the World Cup from September that are interested in Du Randt’s services.
However, he did not negotiate as he was under the impression that his Bok contract was going to be renewed.
Du Randt does not exclude the possibility of linking up with an overseas team in the future.
Meanwhile, there has been speculation that consultants may be added to the Springbok management.
SARU denied last year that they were in the process of hiring consultants after it appeared that the positions of assistant coaches Dick Muir and Gary Gold were in jeopardy.
Western Province director of coaching Rassie Erasmus and ex-Wallaby coach Eddie Jones, who assisted former Bok coach Jake White in 2007, are being mentioned as possible consultants.