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SA Rugby completes review of Coetzee's first year in charge

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee had a disastrous first year in the job, losing eight of his 12 tests in charge.

FILE: Springbok coach Allister Coetzee. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - There's still no news on Allister Coetzee's future as Springbok coach, although SA Rugby has given a brief update only to say that the review process had been concluded but they can't make any comment on it until all the contractual negotiations have been completed.

Coetzee had a disastrous first year in the job, losing eight of his 12 tests in charge.

Meanwhile, former captain Jean de Villiers told EWN Sport on Friday that all critics of the national team must provide answers coupled with their criticism.

De Villiers is adamant that change must happen within rugby's governing body.

"Obviously, last year didn't work and it needs to change. It's not just the coach or not just the management, it's the SA Rugby structures, its' the coaching team, it's the team itself, the players, the development structures, it's everything that has an influence on the eventual result."

De Villiers says SA rugby must think long term in terms of strategy.

"I think it goes far deeper than just the coach. I think the approach they need to have is a very holistic one and look at all the structures and all the people involved and then make decisions with the best interests of SA Rugby in mind. It's not a quick fix now. Whatever decision are made now, I believe, should be conducive to success in the long run."

De Villiers says all critics of the national team must provide answers coupled with their criticism.

"I think it's good that we are so competitive and that we want to be the best... that's a good thing. There's a difference though in just being critical and solution driven. It's fine noticing the faults but then we need solutions. It's fine saying 'the team is crap' or whatever but then find solutions, tell me who's better or tell me what can change."