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Bok Demise Could Boost South Africa’s bid to host 2023 World Cup

Despite the Sports Ministry slapping a moratorium on sports federations bidding to host international competitions on home soil, SA Rugby is quietly ensuring it meets all the deadlines set by World Rugby to remain in the race to host the 2023 World Cup. Rugby bosses have confidently predicted they will be able to meet the government’s targets in terms of the racial composition of the national team and feel South Africa will be well placed to host the tournament for the first time since 1995. Even if SA Rugby gets government approval, will they still triumph over the bids from Ireland and France? Sport24’s Rob Houwing has an interesting take on the three-horse race, arguing that Springbok rugby’s demise could be to the country’s advantage. – David O’Sullivan

The subsidence of South Africa toward an innocuous “lower-tier” rugby nation, something previously unheard of, may have the unintended effect of bolstering the country’s bid to host the 2023 World Cup.

World Rugby reveals the successful applicant in less than a year now – November 2017 – and don’t be too surprised if the Springboks’ plummet down the pecking order during 2016 helps earn the country a more sympathetic stance for RWC 2023 in the World Rugby corridors, rather than the other way around.

The global rugby community remains a reasonably limited, slow-moving and similar-flavoured one, particularly as far as established superpowers are concerned; under the circumstances, the supposed giant of South Africa taking such an undignified tumble is not really good news for anyone.

We already know that there is real consternation in New Zealand, for example, around the Boks’ demise as their bilateral rivalry is supposed to form an integral part of the tapestry of international rugby and a weakened SA rugby, in broad terms, has harmful spinoffs to the game on the smaller terrain of the easily top-ranked nation at present.

It is bad enough that the All Blacks are currently smashing most comers — give or take the odd hiccup like their Chicago loss to Ireland recently — but the Boks have also won only two of the last 15 bilateral Test encounters, in what is meant to be arguably the blue-chip rivalry in rugby.

This year’s two Rugby Championship encounters were especially, depressingly lopsided, with New Zealand winning 41-13 in Christchurch and widening the gap even more by prevailing 57-15 in Durban.

“When South Africa plays New Zealand, consider the countries at war,” Boy Louw reportedly said in 1949, during the decades-long era when the rivalry was a truly neck-and-neck one.

If it’s any kind or war right now, it can more accurately be branded only a phoney one.

The gloomy picture in SA rugby isn’t confined solely to the unusually deep woes of the national team, with financial, attendance, sponsorship and player-staffing instability rife across the country’s Super Rugby franchises and a bloated array of provinces.

Throw in the predatory lure of stronger-currency overseas clubs, plus constant fears and accusations around the moral and competency credentials of administrators, and it is little wonder that the general climate around rugby in the country is marked by an unprecedented sense of gloom with fast turnaround an unlikely phenomenon.

More and more, I believe South Africa needs the considerable pick-me-up, in a constructive variety of senses, that knowledge of a “banked” home World Cup some seven years up the line would automatically bring.

The country has the necessary, rugby-specific and tourism-related infrastructure to be able to latch onto the task pretty comfortably, buoyed also by the natural, particularly globally-admired public “buzz” that has accompanied previous major events like the soccer World Cup in 2010 and the country’s treasured the last hosting of RWC in 1995.

World Rugby won’t want South Africa, with its still potentially massive rugby culture and depth of foundations, to become too faint on the planet’s radar – it will hardly be unaware of the tonic confirmation of RWC 2023 as theirs would provide in dark times.

Yes, there are political uncertainties, given Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s currently in-force ban on several federations – including rugby — bidding for major tournaments, but SARU are by all accounts pressing forth anyway with stage-by-stage requirements in the process and me, personally, do not envisage transformation concerns ultimately standing in the way if South Africa remains a hot favourite.

Of course, due process still has to be followed, and South Africa is involved in a three-horse race (Italy pulled out recently) with Ireland and France for rights to hosting that event.

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The Irish bid looks increasingly compelling, with their own team a rising force to be reckoned with, access to impressive, ultra-modern multisport stadiums that could be easily adapted, and an almost guaranteed, heady “vibe” likely if they get it.

Ireland has only ever previously been a partial host at World Cup level, with occasional pool or knockout fixtures, whilst France’s big drawback, you would think, is the fact that they had still-recent RWC 2007.

South Africa would not have staged RWC for 28 years by the time 2023 comes around, and if, for instance, either of Ireland or the French won the bid it would be an unprecedented third successive World Cup north of the equator.

As I said, I fancy our “walking wounded” status is an inadvertent help, more than hindrance.

After three successive failed bids (2011, 2015 and 2019) my money is on fourth time lucky.

By Rob Houwing/Sport24
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Massive SA Rugby Shake-Up On The Way

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander gave the strongest hint yet that Springbok coach Allister Coetzee could be on the way out when he outlined plans for massive structural changes yesterday.

In a season that has seen the Boks lose seven of 11 tests (before yesterday's clash against Wales), the rapid descent of the national team's fortunes has accelerated the need to overhaul rugby structures.

Alexander asked for cool heads in a review period, but committed to the union taking necessary "tough decisions".

He also said the policy of selecting overseas-based players would be reviewed.

Allister Coetzee, a victim of a crumbling South African rugby system?

"Our No 1 priority is a turnaround strategy for the Springbok team and that will be looked at immediately and decisively," he said.

"But I can assure our supporters and stakeholders that if tough decisions have to be made we will not shy away from making them."

Plans to bring governance structures more in line with the demands of professional sport were already well advanced, while the immediate question of what to do about Springbok results was the organisation's top priority.

"It has been a profoundly disappointing season in terms of results and we are acutely aware that we have failed to live up to the Springboks' proud heritage," Alexander said.

"We have collectively let down our supporters, our commercial partners and our broadcast partner, SuperSport. I would like to apologise to all our stakeholders for the disappointments we have all suffered this season. We are all feeling very raw and let down and it would be easy to make knee-jerk decisions. But we must resist that.

"For instance, our playing fortunes have been declining since the Outgoing Tour of 2014 - despite a fine fightback to win a bronze medal at the Rugby World Cup - and we must coolly and coldly analyse what have been the main factors contributing to those results before determining what remedies are at our disposal to solve them.

"We will start by speaking to the coach and other team role-players for their assessment and to provide our feedback. We will take feedback from forthcoming indabas and we must critically review our selection policy relating to overseas-based players.

"We've seen an unusually high number of injuries to key players this year, and we've lost many experienced test players to overseas clubs, both of which have had major repercussions for the Springboks. We have to find ways to manage these challenges."

The coaching Indaba between the Springbok coaches and franchise coaches takes place on 12 December.

What would happen if Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, was fired?
Meanwhile, a General Council meeting on December 9 could also have a significant bearing on the future of rugby in South Africa.

Alexander said the key changes planned are:

New franchise and non-franchise rugby committees to improve communication between unions and the Executive Council; to make recommendations on competitions and playing affairs; and to speed up decision-making.

Allowing third parties to take a majority shareholding in unions' commercial arms and have a voice in running rugby through the new franchise rugby committee.

Doubling independent representation on the Executive Council to four members plus the representative of the players.

Terminating the role of the vice-president (at the end of the current term in 2018) to bring the elected representation to six.

Coetzee previously told the Sunday Times he had called a meeting last week with Alexander and CEO Jurie Roux to explain the depth of the crisis.

"If you bring in another coach the problems will still be there.

"If the structural problems are sorted out and we find ourselves in the same situation again, then I will take full responsibility and I'll walk," Coetzee had said.

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Springboks Slump To Yet Another Defeat

Allister Coetzee’s seven-month stint as Springbok coach must surely be over after the Boks slumped to only their third-ever Test loss against Wales in an 110-year history of contests between the sides.

Defeat at the Millennium Stadium last night condemned the Boks to their eighth Test defeat in 12 outings this year – their June series win over Ireland now a distant memory. It is the first time the Springboks have ever lost eight Tests in a calendar year.

Within minutes of the final whistle, SA Rugby issued another statement – like they did after last week’s defeat to Italy – reiterating that they would review the Springboks season thoroughly. It won’t take very long to work out that tactically, mentally and physically the Boks have been bankrupt in 2016.

Coetzee defended himself during the week, citing lack of time between his appointment on April 11 and the first Test against Ireland on June 11 as reasons why he was on the back foot from the outset.

But England coach Eddie Jones said in the week that his job was not to teach players how to play rugby, but rather to teach them how to be a team. England won their 12th consecutive Test under Jones’ guidance earlier in the day by beating Argentina.

Coetzee can complain about all the issues that plague South African rugby, but he hasn’t forged a team with a sense of direction and purpose.

His team selection for this match – with a backline that had only 40 Test caps between it – suggested he had run out of ideas. Building for 2019 was his reasoning for fielding such a callow unit.

Predictably there was lots of huff and puff early on with the youngsters trying to run everything, but very little on-field leadership.

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies had another poor game in the green and gold and his halfback partner Faf de Klerk also struggled.

From the outset, Jantjies looked a shadow of the player that swaggered through Super Rugby. Early on he showed his rust with a poor inside pass that was forward, another pass that missed its target altogether and an attempted chip kick that Wales flank Justin Tipuric charged. Ruan Combrinck had to desperately tidy the mess up.

Without direction from Jantjies and De Klerk, the Boks never once looked close to scoring a try until the pair were withdrawn around the hour mark. Initially, the backs ran laterally and when they did bash it up, Wales’ defence easily coped with the pressure.

De Klerk also earned a silly 42nd-minute yellow card for a deliberate knock-on and while he was off the field Wales stretched their 12-6 halftime lead to 20-6.

Fullback Leigh Halfpenny added to his four first half penalties with a fifth directly from De Klerk’s infringement and hooker Ken Owens scored from a driving maul minutes later. It was a dagger to the heart of the Boks slim hopes.

But the introduction of Pat Lambie and Piet van Zyl gave the Boks better direction at halfback and from a rolling maul tireless flank Uzair Cassiem, who enjoyed a strong debut, scored to keep the Boks alive in the contest.

Jantjies’ early penalty was a just reward for a bright start but repeated mistakes set the Boks back. A lineout infringement by Lood de Jager, not rolling away by Adriaan Strauss, and an accidental offside by Rohan Janse van Rensburg allowed Halfpenny to keep the scoreboard moving.

The Boks were also turned over in contact twice in the first half alone when fullback Johan Goosen and Janse van Rensburg having the ball ripped off them.

Wales secured their victory when Tipuric ran a wonderful angle on to a Taulupe Faletau pass to score and end a season of misery for South African rugby with the Springboks lined up behind the poles for the 35th time in 2016.

Scorers:
Wales – Tries: Ken Owens, Justin Tipuric. Conversion: Leigh Halfpenny. Penalties: Halfpenny (5).
South Africa – Try: Uzair Cassiem, Conversion: Pat Lambie. Penalties: Elton Jantjies (2):

– TMG Digital

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