Coetzee not afraid of the axe

Date published: November 27 2016

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 26:  Springboks coach Allister Coetzee looks on before the International match between Wales and South Africa at Principality Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said if he is the sole reason for the Springbok’s poor 2016 season he’ll ‘walk away’.

South Africa ended their very poor 2016 season with a 33 per cent win record after winning only four out of 12 matches.

The Springbok boss has come under a lot of fire this season and says that if he is found to be the reason for the Springbok regression, he will leave the post.

“I don’t fear anything, to be honest,” said Coetzee.

“Collectively, we’ve got to understand that it’s not just one person that can take responsibility for that. If I’m solely held responsible for that, then I will walk away.”

Coetzee said South Africa need to raise their game and set a new standard for themselves.

“We need to get the standards up.

“The Springbok stands for excellence. We need to make sure that whatever systems we put in place will give the players a platform to achieve excellence.”

The coach went onto say that there is no longer a gap between Southern Hemisphere nations and their Northern Hemisphere counterparts.

“You cannot take it for granted that the southern hemisphere team will just win,” said Coetzee.

“Australia lost to Ireland, it just shows again there’s hardly any difference. There’s no gap.”

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