Coetzee, Smith confirmed for Boks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 27 Feb 2017 at 15:16
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SA Rugby have confirmed national coaching appointments for the coming year, with embattled head coach Allister Coetzee set to stay in post despite many calling for his head.

The national body conducted a coaching review after last year’s poor results, with President Mark Alexander confirming that it “was focused on the Springboks and we identified two areas to give Allister Coetzee additional support at the head of our most prized national asset.” In line with those findings, Franco Smith has been appointed on a full-time basis to coach the backline and attack, with a new defensive coach to be announced in the near future, once some contractual formalities are sorted out.

Mzwandile Stick, who coach the Bok backs in 2016, has been demoted to the SA Under 20 side, where he will assist new head coach Chean Roux. Roux himself was appointed to the Boks team as defensive specialist, but did not last long in the role. Lions coach Johan Ackermann will again coach the South African “A” side, who play a series in midyear against the French Barbarians.

Here are the full coaching and management teams confirmed today:

Head Coach: Allister Coetzee. Assistant Coaches: Johann van Graan, Matthew Proudfoot, Franco Smith. Team Manager: Ian Schwartz. Conditioning Coach: Warren Adams. Team Doctors: Jerome Mampane and Konrad von Hagen. Physiotherapists: Vivian Verwant and Tanu Pillay. PR Manager: Annelee Murray. Logistics Manager: JJ Fredericks. Media Manager: Rayaan Adriaanse. Defence coach: TBC.

Springbok Sevens
Head Coach: Neil Powell. Team Manager: Ashley Evert. Team Doctor: Leigh Gordon. Physiotherapist: Hugh Everson. Conditioning Coach: Allan Temple-Jones.

SA ‘A’
Head Coach: Johan Ackermann. Assistant Coaches: Abe Davids, Chumani Booi. Team Manager: Willem Oliphant. Team Doctor: TBC. Physiotherapist: Basheer Mohamed. Conditioning Coach: Andre Smith.

Junior Springboks (Under-20s)
Head Coach: Chean Roux. Assistant Coach: Mzwandile Stick. Team Doctor: Jerome Mampane. Physiotherapist: Karabo Morokane. Technical Analyst: Hayden Groepes.

Sevens Academy
Head coach: Paul Delport. Academy Manager: Marius Schoeman.

Springbok Women’s Sevens
Head Coach: Renfred Dazel. Physiotherapist: Reagan Cele. Conditioning Coach: Johno Meintjies. Logistics Manager: Michele English.

SA Schools
Head Coach: Lance Sendin. Assistant Coach: Ruan Bezuidenhout. Team Manager: Relton Hermanus. Team Doctor: Gerhard Coetzer. Physiotherapist: Kim Naidoo. Conditioning Coach: Andre Smith.

SA Schools ‘A’
Head Coach: Sean Erasmus. Assistant Coach: Mzwakhe Nkosi. Team Manager: Ofentse Moeng. Team Doctor: Gerhard Coetzer. Physiotherapist: Wernick Smit. Conditioning Coach: Ghafoer Luckan.


  • Oh well…. 😕

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.17 15:34:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • does Franco relinquish Cheetah role?

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.17 15:37:48 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 2) : no – he will do both.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.17 15:40:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 2) : No he will do both, he stays with Cheetahs till 2019

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.17 15:40:37 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Oops.

    I guess they will only confirm Venter after the 6Nations

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.17 15:41:06 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) : @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 4) : that is going to suck for both parties…has anyone been able to do local and national roles simultaneously effectively? how do you manage your focus as the test window comes closer?

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.17 15:42:44 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 6) : I’m with you on this, and given the amount of work the Springboks require one of them is going to suffer

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.17 15:45:12 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) : Are they trying to get him out of his Italy contract?

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.17 15:45:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : Yes indeedy, getting it right too.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.17 15:47:55 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 3) : Stick and AC really did bugger up the backline last year so he has a major disadvantage and will have to put a lot of effort in before the window starts.

    I cant imagine the Cheetahs being happy, especially if they somehow pick up a few wins and climb the log

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.17 15:50:30 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 9) : Good news…loved the way the Italians confused the English yesterday.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.02.17 15:50:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : I need to catch those highlights , I’d be very happy if the Boks could catch a ball this year

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.02.17 15:52:01 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Absolutely Clueless hangs on, eish, may Pastors Boss help the Bokke cause methinks the bottom of the barrel is going to be scraped this year.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.02.17 19:09:21 by benji Reply
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  • I see the Boks are now down to 6th in the world rankings below Scotland… 😳

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.02.17 22:14:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : A well deserved sixth place (or worse) wouldn’t you say? Very sad to see.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.02.17 01:16:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Not sure which is more disturbing is it (Head Coach: Allister Coetzee) or (Defence coach: TBC) Looks like our attack and defence is not looking like changing this season…

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.02.17 08:55:24 by Warren Harvey Reply

  • @Warren Harvey (Comment 16) : The most pathetic thing is that after all this time and all the effort that has gone into this navel gazing exercise,, they finally found out the root cause of our problem ,it was the assistant backline coach.
    He was the cancer that saw us get beaten by Italy.,but they have a fix for that he is being banished to the under 20’s to completely fuck that lot up as well.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.02.17 09:39:10 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : do you really believe this entire thing was Stick’s fault, or are you being ironic?

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.02.17 09:52:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Do you really need to ask me that questioner are you being ironic.

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.02.17 09:54:51 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 19) : don’t you think? 🙂

    Seriously, though? It was a serious question. I mean, yes, of course it was dumb to appoint an under 19 coach with no experience to the Boks, but do you not think that was just one of the problems we had?

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.02.17 10:06:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Seriously how could that be the problem, unless he was an extremely objectionable and disruptive person, if that was the case he wouldn’t have been retained in the system.
    The problem is with the man in charge who ever he is,and it doesn’t look like we have got rid of him.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.02.17 10:34:15 by The hound Reply
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