Third place was not good enough, so the new Springbok coach’s mandate is to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
That was the word from SA Rugby president Oregan Hoskins on Friday after the organisation announced that they have appointed their “preferred candidate” – most likely Allister Coetzee – after a special general council meeting at a Newlands hotel.
Speculation has been mounting that former Springbok Sevens star Mzwandile Stick will be named as assistant coach to the new Springbok mentor, Allister Coetzee. Picture Leon Lestrade/Independent Medi. Credit: Independent Media
But as mentioned on Thursday, they will only reveal the new Bok coach and his management team at a press conference on April 12.
Following the Boks’ third-placed finish under Heyneke Meyer at last year’s World Cup in the UK, where they lost 20-18 to the All Blacks, Hoskins wants the new coach to take the team back to the top of world rugby.
“One of the members said today third place is not good enough, so I think we had to take that point on board. It was quite well made, so it is hoped that we win the World Cup in 2019. Coming third wasn’t well-received. But third is not first, and we want to be first in 2019,” the SA Rugby president said on Friday.
“It’s a new chapter, a new era. 2015 was difficult and we as an organisation really want the people to get behind the coach and the team from the get-go, so that hopefully all the blocks are in place for 2019, and that we go out there and be the No 1 team in 2019.