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English press slam “coaching mess” ahead of Springboks clash at Twickenham

The British press are getting feisty ahead of the Springboks’ clash against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

coetzee ollie le roux

The British press have tried their level best to rile coach Allister Coetzee ahead of England’s clash against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday. The journalists over there have been particularly interested in trying to get a response over the country’s transformation policies, but Coetzee has not fallen for it.

After the draw against the Barbarians this past weekend, the British press tried to tell Coetzee that while England coach Eddie Jones is under pressure, at least he’s not been lumped with “horrendous task” of having to deal with 300 South African players overseas and a team needing to reflect the country’s demographics.

Coetzee, though, handled it like a champ. He said:

“The one thing that is for sure is that our country has its own challenges, and if you’re South African, you would understand those challenges. And we see it more like a great opportunity than a problem – like you would perhaps see it over here. This is who we are, that’s our DNA, and it is a nation that has always in tough times, stood together and came out on top,” Coetzee said.

Still, that didn’t stop the UK scribes from having a pop at his fellow coaches.

In Tuesday’s edition of The Times of London, chief rugby correspondent Owen Slot had a proper go at the coaching staff. Slot questioned what he calls the ‘over-promotion’ of Springbok backline coach Mzwandile Stick. To be fair to Slot, writers don’t pick the headlines, but it screamed: Coaching mess add to South Africa’s woes.

Listing a whole host of reasons why he think Stick is unqualified, Slot said he “feels sorry for Stick” who “did not appoint himself”.

Slot wrote:

“It would strike a magnificent positive note for SA Rugby and for transformation if the coach comes through. Simultaneously, it is hard not to feel sorry for a man so swiftly over-promoted or indeed the team when there are clearly more experienced coaches available.”