Coetzee denies asking for more coaches

Date published: September 26 2016

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Springbok coach Allister Coetzee during the South African national rugby team media conference at Tsogo Sun Palazzo Hotel on September 26, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has denied asking for more coaches to be added to his staff going into the their last two games of the Rugby Championship.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Coetzee said: “What SOS have I sent? … That’s something you guys (the media) have created. I don’t read the papers, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.

“I’m happy with what we’ve got right here at the moment in terms of coaches. If I had a problem with my coaches I would let them know and I would let SA Rugby know.”

According to South African publication the Rapport, Coetzee sent a request asking for more coaching staff in secret, so as not to insult his current team of assistants. But the request was leaked somewhere along the line.

Coetzee has not had full control over his coaching staff since the beginning of his reign and it has become clear that his coaching are not up to scratch after a variety of avoidable defeats.

The current situation is arguably a result of the Springboks’ budget being strained this year, after failing to secure a consistant sponsor following the departure of ABSA, therefore denying Coetzee the expansive selection of staff that his predecessor was given due to budget constraints.

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