In the Hot Seat - General questions
October 18, 2012
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Your Question: Coach & Selection panel: Boks have lost hard won & painfully converted supporters in W/Cape this year due to perceived bias towards white & bigger players as opposed to proven & in form smaller players like Gio, Jantjies, Lamby & De Jongh (to even pick players out of position & on historical pre-injury form) to "keep non whites out". How are you going to reverse this perception? - Pieter Oosthuizen

SARU answers: Perceptions are difficult to change Pieter. For instance, people thought the Boks kicked less at Loftus against Australia, but in that match, they kicked bang on their average for the season. The perception was created because they ran more, and that happened because there was space (the Wallabies dropped defenders back to field kicks). So the point is that all the players you have mentioned got opportunities this season and will probably get more in time.

Your Question: Three questions from die-hard Bok supporter: 1&2.Coach: hopefully lessons learnt to put best kicker on present "game time form" in starting line-up against AB's (Jantjies) and not to pick players on historical form (rather retain form via V/com/C/Cup than in a test)? 2.Captain: lesson learnt to order injured player off field immediately(Goosen)? - Pieter Oosthuizen

SARU answers: Hi Pieter – to predict how a kicker will fare in a certain match, is as difficult as picking the right Lotto numbers. The coach will make his selections based on how guys train (did you know Morne kicked close to 90% of his kicks in training and with 65% was also the Boks’ best kicker in Tests this year) and how they want to play, but they still have to go out there and deliver the goods. Regarding Goosen’s injury – at first he felt he could “run it off” (surely the player knows his own body best), but as soon as it became apparent that was not going to happen, he was replaced.

Your Question: I have been a coach for the past 12 years at school level (high school:past 5 years). During 2003 & '04 I completed the SA rugby level 1 & 2 coaching courses. I've also done the IRB level 2 (Nov.2010 -Nov.2011).I want to develop as coach but it seems that us "normal" coaches are not allowed to do the level 3 course. When can I do the level 3?

SARU answers: Dear Charles, reference is made to your request for information. Please note that Level 3 course participants are elected by the 14 Provincial Unions. You have to approach your local Union to avail yourself for nomination but it cannot be guaranteed. Please contact Hilton Adonis, our Manager of Coaching on 021-928 7000 if you have further questions in this regard.

Your Question: Hi When are we going to implement a central contracting system like the one NZ have? Clearly it works, as they are consistently number 1 in the world. Something, with our greater pool of players should be. If not that, then what do you have in mind to close the gap on them - as they have 8/9 IRB ranking points more than us. – Wes

Your Question: For years the topic of player burnout has been under discussion in the media with no action from SARU. You're SARU - it is your responsibility to change the focus to the national team! A centralised contracting system is the only way to manage the players playing time so that the Springboks succeed. Why is the focus on provincial franchise success OVER the national team? – Blake

SARU answers: We’ll answer Blake and Wes together. We look at a system which will allow the Boks to perform to their utmost best, but it’s not that easy unfortunately and is something our High Performance department is seriously working on. What works in NZ will not necessarily work here, so we have to find the best solution for South Africa, which benefits all stakeholders, from provincial franchises, sponsors to the national team.

Your Question: Kan SARU bekend maak waar kry die Kings R40 mil, het hulle verlede en die jaar 2 toetse aangebied terwyl die Cheetahs in 2 jaar nog GEEN toetse aangebied het? Ek daag julle uit om die vrae te beantwoord!! Dis duidelik dat julle hulle voortrek. Hulle bestuur, afrigters, spelers meestal wit! rede hiervoor asb - Louis Nortje

SARU answers: Louis, dankie vir die belangstelling in rugby en in die Kings in besonder. Die Kings is een van 14 provinsies wat deel van SARU uitmaak en dit maak geen sin om een bo die ander te bevoordeel nie. Toetse word volgens 'n model uitgewerk. Wat die Kings se geldsake aanbetref, moet hulle, soos elkeen van die ander unies, jaarlikse finansiele state uitreik. SARU skryf ook nie aan enige van sy unies voor wie om aan te stel as afrigter nie, of watter spelers gekies moet word nie. Oor die Kings se spankeuses moet jy hulle liefs nader.

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