Photo: Mzwamdile Stick (left) Vuyo Zangqa (right) 

South African Rugby is on a brink of change. April 12th 2016 will see a new elected coach take over Heyneke Meyer. There’s a 99% chance that the new Springbok coach will be Allister Coetzee. 

Question on the general public is, Who Will Be His Assistants? 

We won’t focus on a Forwards coach, as SARU did mention that, they have extended Johann “Sole Survivor” Van Graan contract. Which leaves us with Backline coach. 

There are two prolific former Blitzbok 7s players that come to mind ( for those that are FOR transformation), Mzwandile Stick and Vuyo Zangqa. These former teammates have been in the coaching circuit in the past three to four years and they’ve both gained incredible experience over the years. Both won Sevens World Series title back in 2008/09 season. That team captained by Mzwandile Stick. Mzwandile Stick also represented SA under 21 under Pieter De Villers, Mzwandile resently won the 2015 under 19 Currie Cup, as Head Coach of the Eastern Privince. He is now the current Backs coach with the Super Rugby franchise, EP  Kings. 

Vuyo Zangqa’s coaching career started in 2011 as assistant coach to Paul True with the Blitzbokke. He then moved to Kenya when Paul True was offered a head coaching job there. Zangqa is a former Hudson Park High pupil, same school where the Ndungane Twins attended. He has represented Border Rugby at senior level. In 2006 he was Eastern Cape Sportsman of the year. In 2008 he Leopards Player of the year and Players Player of the year. 

Without dwelling too much on these two prominent rugby players.

South African Rugby deserves a bit of colour in the coaching booth. Having either of these two great rugby brains next to Allister Coetzee, will show the public that SARU is serious about transformation. There’s no better time than NOW!!! 

My question to you is, Stick or Zangqa for the Boks Backline coaching job?