Stormers must buy – Coetzee

Date published: July 1 2015

Former Stormers coach Allister Coetzee believes the Cape Town-based outfit need several new players if they want to be successful in 2016.

Coetzee will start a new chapter in his career when he takes over the coaching reins at Japanese club Kobe Kobelco Steelers later this year.

He coached the Stormers from 2010 to 2015 and gave them some advice on where they need to strengthen their squad for next season.

“Steven Kitshoff was superb as loosehead prop, but he’s leaving us (Bordeaux, France)," Coetzee told Netwerk24.

"Next year, the Stormers can’t call on a younger player’s services in his absence. 

"We need a senior loosehead.

“Manuel Carizza is leaving Western Province, which means there is a void at No 5 lock. Ruan Botha is the only one remaining.”

Coetzee feels the departures of Duane Vermeulen (Toulon) and Michael Rhodes (Saracens) means the Stormers must also bring in a new loose forward. He said a replacement for fly-half Demetri Catrakilis, who is off to Montpellier in France, is also needed.

“Preferably, it should be someone that plays to the ball, like Heinrich Brussow or Marcell Coetzee,” he added.

The recruitment of two new wings is also important according to Coetzee.

“We kicked the season off without a specialist left wing so I opted for Dillyn (Leyds)," he said.

"You can’t persist with so little physical presence in your back three. You face guys like Julian Savea, Waisake Naholo and Nemani Nadolo. 

"It’s frightening. WP have Kobus van Wyk, but need to sign two more wings.”