SARU establish new plan for SA Rugby

Date published: December 12 2016

A new blueprint for South African rugby has been designed which will be finalised early next year.

The South African Rugby Union held a second coaches indaba on Monday where the Springbok coaching staff and the Super Rugby coaches got together to continue discussions of mapping out a strategic blueprint for the game.

Also in attendance were the SA Rugby Union President, Mark Alexander and Mr James Stoffberg, chairman of the SA Rugby High Performance Committee.

"As a result of the excellent collaboration between our coaches at the indaba, we now have the guiding principles of a much needed blueprint for South African rugby," Mark Alexander, president of SARU, said.

"Since the pioneering first meeting took place in October, we have witnessed how our coaching, conditioning and medical experts all come together in a fantastic show of unity, to collaborate and plot ways to improve South African rugby."

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said he was excited by the indaba and the willingness of all stakeholders to contribute towards improving the local game.

"The blueprint for SA Rugby is now at an advance stage and the decisions from today’s meeting will be incorporated in a document which we will finalise early next year," he said.

"We discussed certain skills sets and fundamentals which will ensure players meet the required Springbok standards. We also looked at the 2017 international calendar with the aim to optimise preparation time of the Springboks and presented the outcomes of the conditioning workshop held last week."

Other discussion topics included learnings from the 2016 season, player contracting, player retention and succession planning. The next meeting will be held early next year, before the start of the 2017 Super Rugby campaign.