SA Rugby admits the Springboks are in crisis

Mark Alexander echoed the frustrations of Springbok fans, calling the teams recent results disappointing.

file: The Springboks. Picture: Rugby15.

JOHANNESBURG - SA Rugby President Mark Alexander has moved swiftly to release a statement, following the Springboks historic 20-18 loss to Italy in Florence on Saturday, It’s the first time Italy have ever beaten South Africa.

Alexander echoed the frustrations of Springbok fans, calling the teams recent results disappointing.

“It has not been good enough and no one is pretending otherwise.”

Alexander outlines that the minimum target for the team is to win 3 out of 4 Test matches each season, and the national side “has not come close”

The SA Rugby President did not try find a scapegoat, “All of us within South African rugby need to look at ourselves and ask what we could have done differently in aid of the Springbok cause. Those questions will be asked at the end of the season when we will undertake a full review of the year and what new interventions may be needed to turn things around.”

Alexander, who was recently elected President replacing Oregan Hoskins, highlighted a real issue plaguing SA Rugby, “We have to review how we manage the fact that so many of our leading players are now based outside
South Africa and more are being lured there.”

He then empathised with the country’s rugby fans, acknowledging their anguish, “No group of individuals is more concerned or disappointed right now than the Springbok team and management. We know they are better than this.

“After that it is our job to take steps to do as much as we possibly can to make sure we are not in a similar position in 12 months’ time. Our focus is on solutions and finding answers to our current problems.

“We have a test against Wales on Saturday and then we will review the season and spend time determining a path for the future.”