Hayden Buchholz makes an excellent non racial point about the BASICS
Hayden Buchholz : New Zealand is superior because of the quality of their administration. From the way they run their school-boy rugby programs, to the management of their provincial competition and Super Rugby franchises, to their central contracting system - they are simply head and shoulders above everyone else.
New Zealand have processes in place to ensure that their coaches are well educated and gain experience abroad, only to return home to share this knowledge. In South Africa, we don’t do this. Heyneke Meyer and Peter de Villiers can’t find work after coaching the Boks, Jake White has coached all over the place, and yet none of these guys were at the SA Rugby Coaching Indaba last year. Think about that, our last three Springbok coaches did not attend (perhaps were not even invited?) an event designed to assist the current Coach.
South African Rugby issues are systemic. Transformation is necessary as it ensures that we are picking the strongest possible team, but it’s the way SA Rugby has administered these processes that makes its untenable. The only reason we have transformation is because SA Rugby dragged their feet for more than a decade and they had to be forced into making changes by way of targets, when it should have happened naturally. Players like Siya Kolisi, Tendai Mtawarira and Elton Jantjies are quality rugby players, but they are forced to play with a cloud over their heads because of the way their administrators handled their selection in the first place.
It’s fair to say that the Springboks were a disgrace on Saturday, but to put the blame solely at the door of the players and coaches is not entirely correct. Allister Coetzee has put a quality coaching staff together and rewarded players who played consistently well at Super Rugby level with selection. He has also made it clear that he will pick local players first, which is a step in the right direction. He has made some quality changes after a disastrous 2016 and for the most part, it has paid off. Also, what guarantee do you have that a different coach and a different set of players would have done any better?
The reality is that the only way we’ll see lasting change is if SA Rugby has a complete overall in the way they administer the game.
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