Goosen to play full-back for Boks?

Date published: August 10 2016

Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee faces a tough decision when picking his starting full-back for the upcoming Rugby Championship. 

Coetzee has no out-and-out option at number 15 after Willie le Roux was ruled out due to leaving South Africa for a contract at Wasps.

But the former Stormers boss believes he has enough depth in the position with the players selected in his Rugby Championship squad.

“Johan, Ruan and Jesse give us options at the back,” Coetzee told SuperSport.

“The most important thing about our full-back is his positional play and assisting the back three. The old wings strengths setup there in order to support defence – when to be up, when to be back.

“Goosen has been outstanding in Europe, not just from behind but as a 13 and as a 10. Playing alongside Daniel Carter has helped him a lot.”

Coetzee stressed the importance of having variety when it comes to strong-foot kicking options after the Springboks were found wanting against Ireland when they could not compete with the Irish aerial game.

“But you’re sitting alongside a right-footed, left-footed combination if you have Goosen or Combrinck there and Elton at fly-half as a left-footer,” he added.

“That is where we were bogged down in the first test against Ireland, we had Faf, Willie and Elton, all left-footed kickers – and Lwazi – four left footed kickers in our team.

“Therefore most of the kicks were down the left hand side. The balance is right, the combination is right with those sort of kickers.”