Following on from what was an unspectacular 2015 World Cup for the Springboks, SARU have decided to review the management and coaching positions within the national team from 2016 onwards.
With the contracts of the management, logistical and medical staff having expired at the end of of 2015, the new changes will be implemented with the announcement of the new coach, who will be named officially at a media conference on 12 April, Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby confirmed.
The new structure will see the South African Super Rugby coaches working as selectors for the Springboks coach in a move that will harmonise the welfare of players between club and country commitments and also allow for weekly discussion over players form, with SA Rugby’s high performance manager Rassie Erasmus also assisting in an advisory role.
The new management structure will be smaller than the one under Heyneke Meyer’s regime with twelve positions; eight less than the structure in place during the 2015 World Cup. In a system which has been criticised in the past for being too bureaucratic and has led to a poor decision-making process in the appointment of its coaches, these new changes will be seen as a positive step forward, being more rugby focused and aimed at improving player performance, well-being and results.
When speaking about the Springboks’ recent World Cup campaign Jurie Roux, the chief executive officer of SARU stated (via Sport24):
“Ultimately we improved on our performance of four years ago and arguably gave the All Blacks their closest match of the tournament, but we know that that is not good enough and we will have to improve in many areas if we are to close and overtake New Zealand.”
SARU have decided to not advertise the job for head coach and will head-hunt who they deem to be the ideal candidate.
SARU want to keep the process away from the media out of respect for individuals and their governance structures and the media have been advised that SARU will be making no further comments until any official announcements have been made.
Conor Malone, Pundit Arena
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