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Allister insists Rassie is less competent

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More revelations about Springbok coach Allister Coetzee’s explosive letter to SA Rugby have come to light, reports Sport24

News broke at the weekend that the embattled national coach had hit out at his employers in a letter addressed to SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

Coetzee reportedly sent a 19-page document via his legal representatives to Roux in a bid to show that almost all of the problems during his two-year tenure are due to external factors.

Coetzee won only 11 of his 25 Tests (44%) in charge of the two-time world champions since his appointment in 2016.

It is now clear that SA Rugby wants to get rid of Coetzee, but the coach feels he was not treated fairly.

Netwerk24 on Monday afternoon shed more light on the letter in which Coetzee in particular hits out at the appointment of Rassie Erasmus as SA Rugby’s director of rugby.

Erasmus now looks set to take charge of the Springboks.

According to the Afrikaans website, Coetzee claims Erasmus’s appointment is a “less competent candidate” being preferred to him and that it would not be conducive to transformation.

Coetzee wrote: “There is a general view among SARU ranks that the intention was always to replace Heyneke Meyer with Rassie, but SARU wanted to avoid any controversy regarding race.

“A strategy was developed to use me as a coloured person to conceal the end goal – by offering me the job as Bok coach – but to not equip me with the necessary resources to adequately perform my tasks. It would lead to me vacating my position earlier in order for Rassie to eventually be appointed.

“This strategy is not in line with SARU’s strategic transformation plan. It’s distasteful to say the least, to use me as a black South African as a pawn in such an untenable manner.”

Coetzee’s added that Erasmus’s appointment “in general” does not promote transformation.

He also said it was “shocking” that he was being used as a “ceremonial” coach that must report to Erasmus, who Coetzee “with respect” described as “less competent”.

Under the guidance of Coetzee, the Springboks endured a torrid two years, with several unwanted records being set which include:

– First ever defeat to Ireland in South Africa – in 2016

– Biggest defeat to Ireland – 38-3 in 2017

– First ever away defeat to Argentina

– First ever defeat to Italy

– Worst ever year in Springbok history – 4 wins from 12 Tests in 2016

– Most points ever conceded against New Zealand (57) in both 2016 and 2017

– Biggest margin of defeat in Springbok history – against New Zealand in 2017 (57-0)

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  1. Well we all knew it was going to come down to the race card and `third forces`.

    Just piss-off into the sunset fool.

  2. It’s distasteful to say the least, to use me as a black South African as a pawn in such an untenable manner.

    Seriously fuck off…

    Fuck the fuckity fuck right off

    You fucking fuck motherfucker

  3. Nah, this fool must just fk off. He should’ve been sacked after the Irish series. He’s entire approach has been conservative crap. He should never have been given a 2nd year in charge. There is no ways SA rugby should be anywhere near the shit it’s in with the talent in that country.

    Just get rid of him, end of. I rather have anyone else. Useless fool.

  4. I say give rassie 2 years and if no go, then it’s Mitchell or The Great One.

    But rassie should be good.

  5. I think AC’s points here are substantially correct.
    -SARU did need a non-white coach after Meyer.
    -Telling a person he may stay on in a ceremonial position is hugely insulting.
    -Rassie’s coaching CV is very much inferior to that of AC.

    Incidentally, in 2011, Divvie was also forced into a somewhat ceremonial coaching position, with the real behind the scenes who lost in the 1/4 final coach being our very same Rassie Erasmus.

  6. @Timeo: If you open yourself up to it then face the music.. to play the race card is just screwed-up. We see that enough in politics.

    Fact – AC was never and will never be good enough
    Fact – AC had no gameplan
    Fact – AC do not know how to select a team
    Fact – AC did not even knew what he want himself, one week a player is useless the next he is better than slice bread. Everyone sees a player is shit but AC believes in him
    Fact – He knew from day 1 what he was walking into
    Fact – he only started bitching when he knew he was going

  7. A bit rich of him to complain about management team being forced unto him. He was quite vocal in the media that he had the best team, and that there is nothing wrong with people like Stick and Chean Roux. No other coach were given the opportunity to have those multiple, lovely Indabas – and AC was again quite vocal on the quality of support he gets from all the other coaches and management. So fuck of you twat!

  8. @Timeo:

    Good point on Rassie. Exactly what is Rassie’s coaching CV? A few seasons at the Cheetahs winning a Currie Cup (or two?) and then coaching Munster the past season. What am I missing? What did he achieve as coach making him the saviour of SA Rugby? (honest question).

  9. Looking at other reports, it seems Coetzee said Rassie is a lesser “qualified” coach and not “less competent”.

  10. Look, I am no supporter of Coetzee, he disappointed me through his years at the Stormers.

    But do yourselves a favour and read the detailed account of his letter on Rugby365. Coetzee makes some good and damning points against SARU.

    I will say it again, SARU is just as much part of the reason the Boks are as poor as they are. And I do not believe Rassie will be the saviour of Bok rugby.

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