Skills are the one aspect that most people have been complaining about lacking in South African rugby and most believe therefor it is the reason why we have been struggling in the game over the last couple of years at all levels
One thing that the modern game has shown us is that the most successful teams have the systems in place in either domestic level or at international or even both when it comes to skill development in players. With skills development comes vision and confidence which add so much more to a players ability in the game today.
England has also joined the trend in appointing Rory Teague as a full-time skills coach after being in this role during the November series on a temporary basis. He come up through the system in England from U20 side and is a young and exciting coach. His CV shows that he has been with Gloucester, Bristol as well as Grenoble and began coaching at Harrow School where he guided Maro Itoje from a young age, before moving to Wasps and then Saracens as an academy coach.
With rugby evolving all the time it has become very difficult to understand why unions do not invest more in skill coaching. Western Province have seen this as an aspect that needs major improvement in the union and appointed New Zealand attack and skills coach Paul Feeney.
This is seen by many as the step in the right direction for WP Rugby and that this should be part of any union in the country. The question now is why do the Springboks not have such a coach?
Last year one of the things that was identified at the Indaba was that skills are one of our problems today and if you find that most other top teams have such structures in place, then you asked yourself why not at the Springboks as well.
In the game today a head coach can only be as good as the people he surround him with and cannot juggle between roles within the team anymore like 20 years ago. The coaching team needs to be an collective effort with specialist in all departments and not just one guys trying to cover two or more aspects of the game, it simply does not work that way anymore.
SARU will make their voice heard in the next week or so on the future of the Springboks coach, the blue print for SA Rugby and the way forward and we can only be hoping that they have it in there vision to appoint a qualified skill coach for the Springboks