Coetzee facing Springbok loose trio selection quandary

PRETORIA – As exciting a prospect it will be for Springbok coach Allister Coetzee to field a new and revamped loose trio, he will be tossing and turning in his bed in Cardiff over the battle readiness of the players that will be wearing the No’s 6, 7 and 8. With Duane Vermeulen and Francois Louw not available for Saturday’s Test against Wales because it is outside World Rugby’s international window, Coetzee will certainly have to go with new players with the returning Siya Kolisi all but guaranteed a spot,…

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Maybe we will all be grateful AB de Villiers took time off

It’s possible a great many of us were wrong about AB de Villiers and his need for a break. After talking to him this week, I feel I was. Perhaps the anger directed at De Villiers when he took his decision in February to skip tours and not avail himself in certain series’ was the result of how confusing it was at the time. I said it looked like he was picking and choosing. It certainly appeared that way. Initially, he wanted to play no part in Tests in New…

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Teko Modise opens up about his turbulent relationship with Pitso

Soccer star Teko Modise says the tension experienced between him and Pitso Mosimane was purely a personality clash. In his tell-all biography, The Curse of Teko Modise, the midfielder details the run-in’s he had with the Mamelodi Sundowns coach and how this lead to his resignation. He says Mosimane expected more of him. I don’t think he doesn’t like me at all, that would be false. Me and him are very similar, we don’t like losing, we always want to do things perfectly. — Teko Modise, Cape Town City midfielder I…

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Coetzee in talks with Japanese club – report

Cape Town – Springbok coach Allister Coetzee is being linked with the head coaching position of Japanese club Canon Eagles. It appears that Coetzee’s tenure as Springbok coach will end after the team’s current European tour, irrespective what happens in Saturday’s final Test against Wales. Afrikaans newspaper Rapport earlier reported that Coetzee would not survive when his contract is reviewed in December. The performance clause in Coetzee’s contract states that he needs to maintain a 65% win-ratio and failure to do so will allow SA Rugby to relieve him of…

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Proteas SA fielding: Strength turns weakness

Cape Town – The return to a dedicated fielding coach by the Proteas appears to have come in the nick of time. When head coach Ottis Gibson revealed his back-up panel a few days ago, the installation of Justin Ontong was more of a surprise, perhaps, in terms of who assumed the role than the actual principle of having one. Clearly Gibson had made a mental observation or two, even as he remained on England’s books as their bowling coach, about the declining standards in the field by the South…

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