Coaching indaba maps out the future

Date published: October 20 2016

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Acting SA Rugby president  Mark Alexander has labelled the two-day national coaching indaba a success.

According to Alexander the indaba had mapped out a new way forward for South African rugby.

The country’s six Vodacom Super Rugby franchises all attended with Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, his management team, referees, former national coaches and captains for the two-day workshop to address on-field performance by South African teams.

“These have been two of the best days in my time as a rugby administrator,” Alexander said.

“The willingness of the coaches to share their insights and the energy they brought to the discussions was outstanding. We have built relationships and opened conversations over the past two days that have not been a traditional part of our very competitive and combative rugby landscape.

“We asked for collaboration on day one and we got it. But the proof of the pudding will be in the outcomes and I am glad to say it was very solutions-focused two days.”

Coetzee said that he had been excited by the Indaba. It had broken new ground by mapping out a number of interventions at the elite level of the game.

“We shared ideas on where we are strong and where we can improve in all facets of the play,” he said.

“We will be producing a document as a result of the discussions we have had around different skill sets and the Super Rugby coaches have agreed to allocate time each week in their schedules to focus on those elements.

“We will also be holding an Indaba solely on conditioning before the end of the year and having opened this conversation we are planning to hold a follow up session between the Springbok management and Super Rugby coaches before the start of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

“We know that the impact of a two-day Indaba won’t be felt immediately. But the work we did here was not the end of a process, it was the beginning of a new way forward.”

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