Under-pressure Coetzee to learn fate in January


Embattled South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee will discover next month whether he will keep his job.

Coetzee and the Springboks players reported back to the Springbok Steering Committee on Tuesday to review what SA Rugby president Mark Alexander described as "a profoundly disappointing season".

The under-fire Coetzee was only appointed to the top job in April, but his position has already been called into question following a year in which the Springboks have lost eight of their 12 Tests.

Retiring captain Adriaan Strauss, Pat Lambie and Tendai Mtawarira also gave their verdict on where the side have fallen short this year in a 'report-back session'.

Alexander said: "We review the Springbok season with the national coach at the end of each year but this year's process has been given extra attention because of profoundly disappointing results. 

"This was not a witch hunt but a proper process to interrogate where things went wrong with a focus on finding answers and ensuring that it does not happen again.

"This has been a period of introspection for SA Rugby with all of us looking at our role in a dreadful season. That process will continue into January as we examine the options at our disposal.

"We will act upon whatever interventions are identified as being necessary by all involved. I would expect that process to be completed before the end of January."

He added: "We are following a thorough and holistic process that has begun a root and branch overhaul of the way things are done in SA Rugby with only one outcome in mind; to assist the national team.

"We know Springbok supporters and our partners are looking to us for instant answers and many of them may want to see heads roll.

"But building winning teams is not an exact science and we want to make sure that the changes we make are the right solutions to our current problems."