After a second year of failures by Springbok coach Coetzee and his team I do not believe their is many people around that will support Coetzee in the public to carry on till 2019.
We run a quick poll on twitter this week and over 92% said he must get on his horse and say goodbye with a small 8% voting for him to stay on. Inside joke yesterday was that the 8% consist of his family and Proudfoot who voted for him to stay
Straight forward question. If it was up to you… Should Coetzee go or should he stay till 2019
— Ruggaworld (@RuggaWorld) November 29, 2017
It is not ideal for any team more so your national team to change coaches midway to a world cup but I think we come to point of no return and if we want to get South African rugby and Springbok rugby back to the top then the only way is to replace Coetzee.
Now that is the easy part because his record over the past two years in development, game plan and selection have been poor. He must be the coach with the worst transformation record as well.
So what does Rassie Erasmus do in replacing Coetzee and how can he turn the Springboks around?
I have a few ideas that may be the solution for Rassie when they start picking up the pieces in December.
If Coetzee goes then they need to send Venter, Proudfoot and Smith packing as well. Rassie needs to build a team that will trust in his plan and give him the time and space to also do his job as director of rugby within SARU.
We know already that Jacques Nienaber will be directly involved which sort out defence for us. Pieter De Villiers also one of Erasmus coaches that played a huge role in the mobi unit will have to come in as forward and scrum coach.
The name of Deon Davids have been flying around this week as well as a favorite to replace Coetzee and me for one have great believe in Davids as a coach and he is also someone Erasmus trust and believes in. Erasmus was the one that identified Davids to coach the Kings when SARU took over the franchise.
Their must be a trust in the whole setup of each coach in SA Rugby to make sure that success can be develop with our players. For me Rassie Erasmus can run the show and with these guys they have enough quality to get it right not just in selections but also our game plan and combinations we play.
Johan Ackermann is a long term solution for me, I am quite happy to leave him in England and he can be part of the plan post 2019. There has been plenty of talk off an overseas coach and more specifically a Kiwi coach.
I for one do not really care for a coach from outside much. I would rather start plan and develop our local coaches and get guys like Stonehouse back in the system.
But coaches can not be all on on Erasmus list for this Springbok turnaround, he needs to get some key players back in the Springbok setup and for that SARU will maybe have to spend some money to contract them.
Key players we need to have back in the setup to have any change at a shot at the world cup starts with Vermeulen, Francois Steyn. I would like to see some more names of players coming back in Marcell Coetzee, Raun Aclermann, Vincent Koch, Willie Le Roux, Raun Pienaar and Paul Wilemse.
All of them will add value to the group and some of these players will be vital with the experience they will be able to bring to the party.
One thing is for sure, men win trophies not boys and we need an experience group to go to the World Cup and compete in the Rugby Championships.
We have enough talent in the country and abroad to build a great Springbok side for the next two years which will be able to firstly compete against England when they come next year for three test and also against the All Blacks and the other top tier nations in the world.
We will be following SARU closely in the coming days to see what will change if any.
What overseas base players would you want to see back in the green and gold? let us know.