Wellington – Chester Williams has started cracking the whip at Boland, leaving the coaching staff and players at the rugby union facing an uncertain future.
Williams, who was this week appointed Boland’s director of coaching, brought in two more Western Province players in Danré Gerber (son of Springbok legend Danie) and Hayden Groepes with him to training on Tuesday.
Both are in the starting line-up for Friday’s match against Griquas. However, Gerber’s inclusion is at the expense of inside centre Hein Myburgh, who has been omitted from the squad of 22 altogether.
Myburgh is one of the few players who has been playing good rugby in spite of the team’s weekly struggles in the Currie Cup.
Gerber is also a member of WP’s under-21 squad, but has not been able to make his mark there this year.
The Boland players have also been told that nobody will be offered contracts for next year yet.
The uncertainty created by this decision, together with the omission and replacement of players, are contributing to panic among players.
Griquas coach Dawie Theron may want to meet some of Boland’s most valuable players behind closed doors this weekend.
As far as Tuesday’s training session is concerned, coach Deon Davids and assistant Louis Koen were in the background, with Williams putting the players through their paces.
Davids and Koen were informed of the changes to the team.
Williams said that he was working well with Davids, but that “the week came down quickly on all of us and things can only get better from now”.
However, it appears that Davids and Koen have lost their decision-making powers.
This is apparently causing great unhappiness among the players.
Williams’s coaching record in the 15-man code is not particularly impressive. Davids, on the other hand, has kept Boland in the Premier League of the Currie Cup for the past three years
This article was written by Marco Botha for News24Tweet