Springbok selectors Peter Jooste and Ian McIntosh are facing the axe.
De Jongh Borchardt writes in Rapport that the future of the pair could be placed on the agenda at the South African Rugby Union’s next Presidents Council meeting on January 21.
One of the reasons for the proposed move is to save costs. The selectors currently leave SA Rugby R1-million out of pocket annually. This includes travel, accommodation and their payment.
The other reason is coach Peter de Villiers’s insistence on picking the team himself.
Saru changed their constitution to accommodate that wish and the feeling exists that the selectors are surplus to requirements.
De Villiers could not be reached for comment, but has previously emphasised that the five Super14 coaches can be of more use assisting with the selection of teams.
The other possibility is to utilise De Villiers’s assistants, Gary Gold and Dick Muir, more in the picking of teams. It will be similar to the system used by New Zealand when Graham Henry and his assistants, Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen, pick the side in consultation with Brian Lochore.
Another possibility is to adjust the role of the selectors, so that they act more in an advisory capacity.
Saru president Oregan Hoskins was unaware of the plans.
“I would be reluctant to get rid of them, even if Peter’s contract determines he has the final say over picking teams,” said Hoskins.
“Peter is very busy with the coaching of the team. The selectors assist him with talent identification and ensure that the selections are thoroughly discussed.
“As far as I know every other country has selectors. Peter and Ian have done very valuable work during my presidency.”
SA Rugby will have to approach the situation with care because Jooste and McIntosh have done good work, including picking a World Cup-winning squad. They have also presided over picking squads that won the under-19 and under-21 world championships.
Meanwhile, SA Rugby are also in the hunt for a new Springbok manager.
Andy Marinos and Arthob Petersen were both temporary appointments last year.
“We have to complete this task as soon as possible. It’s a big year for us. We want a manager for the entire season,” said Hoskins.
“We have to beat the British Lions and win the Tri-Nations. I also believe we can have two sides at the top of the Super14 log.”Tweet