New Bok coach Allister Coetzee been a regular on #OTC on Heart 104.9fm from 9-10AM

Allister Coetzee has been involved with rugby since 1974, first as a player and then later as a team manager, assistant coach and head coach.

He has been a regular on #OTC on Heart 104.9fm from 9-10AM ( thats me -the rugby expert in the front -the other 2 on the left and right of AC know about cricket and Arsenal )

Coetzee was born on 23 May 1963 in Grahamstown. He was an outstanding scrumhalf in the period before rugby unification in South Africa, and captained the SARU national team, as they were called back in the days, between 1988 and 1991 following his debut in 1985.

He was selected for the Junior Springboks in 1992 and played in the Currie Cup for Eastern Province between 1992 and 1996, as well as in the 1994 Super 10 competition for the Eastern Cape team.

The former teacher retired from the game in 1996. Coetzee then ventured into coaching and was immediately appointed as an assistant coach for EP in 1996. Two years later he was appointed as team manager for the Cell C Sharks’ Vodacom Super Rugby side, where he also became an assistant coach in 2000.

Coetzee coached the Emerging Springboks in 1998, a Vodacom All-Stars team in 1999 and the South African Under-23 and South Africa ‘A’ sides in 2000, when he was also one of the Springbok assistant coaches to Harry Viljoen.

He then became head coach of Eastern Province in 2001, the first black head coach of a provincial rugby side in South Africa. He remained head coach for the EP side until he resigned in July 2003.

Coetzee was appointed as assistant coach to the Springboks in early 2004, where he formed a successful coaching trio with Jake White and Gert Smal until the end of 2007, capping off four memorable years with the winning of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

In 2005, he was also appointed assistant coach for the Cats for the 2006 Super 14 season, a position he held for only one season.

Coetzee joined Western Province in 2008 after he accepted an offer to become backline coach of the DHL Stormers. He also took over as head coach of Western Province in the Currie Cup later in 2008 and was elevated to head coach of the DHL Stormers prior to the start of the 2010 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Coetzee led the DHL Stormers to three South African Conference titles during his tenure as DHL Stormers head coach, and he was also successful in his role as coach of DHL Western Province, where he won the Currie Cup twice, in 2012 and 2014.

He remained with the DHL Stormers until the end of the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season, when he moved to Japan to take over as head coach of the Kobe Steelers.

Profile – Allister Coetzee

1989-1991: Represented and captained SARU prior to unification

1992: Junior Springbok

1992-1996: Played Currie Cup rugby for Eastern Province

1994: Played in the Super 10 for Eastern Province

1998-2000: Cell C Sharks assistant coach to Ian McIntosh and Hugh Reece-Edwards in Vodacom Super Rugby

2000: Springbok assistant coach to Harry Viljoen

2000: SA “A” and SA Under-23 head coach

2001-03: Eastern Province head coach (37 matches)

2006: Cats assistant coach to Frans Ludeke in Vodacom Super Rugby

2004-07: Springbok assistant coach to Jake White

2008: DHL Stormers assistant coach

2008-15: DHL Western Province head coach (108 matches)

2010-15: DHL Stormers head coach (98 matches)

2010: Named South Africa’s Coach of the Year

2015-16: Kobe Steelers head coach in Japan

2016: Springbok head coach

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Allister Coetzee appointed as new Springbok coach

Allister Coetzee has been named as head coach of the Springboks for the next four years, ushering in an exciting new era for rugby in South Africa, said Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby.

The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph have gone into retirement, including three of last year’s four captains.

“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” said Mr Hoskins.

“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.

“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold.

“The Springbok coaching job is an enormous challenge but Allister has the full support of us at SA Rugby and we will be united in our efforts to continue to make Springbok rugby strong. I want to wish him well in his new job, I also want to pay tribute to Heyneke and his management team for their dedication and service to Springbok rugby the past four years.”

Coetzee is arguably the most experienced man to be given the Springbok head coach’s job. He will draw on his personal involvement in 66 matches in the Springbok backroom in 2000 and between 2004 and 2007. He also has an exemplary record at Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby record.

Coetzee said he was extremely honoured and humbled to coach the Springboks.

“This job comes with a huge amount of responsibility because our passionate fans rightfully demand the best from the Springboks at all times,” said Coetzee.

“Rugby ignites so much passion in our country. The team inspires all our people and every young rugby player in our country aspires to be a Springbok one day. I know full well that coaching the Springboks requires a lot of dedication, patience and hard work. I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity.”

lets hope the smile Lasts –

SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, said that Coetzee had been recommended for the role by the SA Rugby High Performance Committee, whose recommendation had been accepted by the Executive Council and the General Council over recent weeks.

He said that Coetzee emerged as the best candidate for the role following a robust and thorough process. “Allister was the most outstanding candidate based on his excellent track record as a coach at provincial and Vodacom Super Rugby level, which makes his appointment a great one for SA Rugby,” said Roux.

“He proved himself on the domestic front by winning the Currie Cup twice with DHL Western Province and leading the DHL Stormers to three SA Conference titles in the extremely tough Vodacom Super Rugby competition. And we all know of his contributions as assistant coach to the Springboks, culminating in success at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

“We at SA Rugby are pleased with his appointment and we know we have the right person to lead us into the next and hopefully exciting phase of Springbok rugby. We’re also grateful to Kobe for allowing Allister to join us in South Africa.”

Coetzee had already been involved in a number of planning sessions with SA Rugby staff said Roux. His first official engagement as a coach will be the opening Test of the year against Ireland in Cape Town on Saturday, 11 June.

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Critical Thoughts on Allister Coetzee

In this post-World Cup year, the Springboks once and for all need to tackle a brave new world of attacking rugby and I am not certain that Allister Coetzee is the right man for the task.

I think Allister is an incredibly experienced and competent coach (21 years now with the whistle after 22 years as aplayer), and in 2008, I could not understand why he was not the successor to Jake White.

Coetzee had spent eight years as Jake’s assistant on the way to winning the 2007 World Cup and when for reasons best know to the governing body at the time, Jake was persona non grata, it made so much sense to give the reins to Allister.

There would have been a seamless transition from White to Coetzee. But apparently this made too much sense, and we thus had Peter de Villiers trust on us. Instead of Coetzee, the man nick-named Toetie, we got De Villiers, a maverick who liked to talk about tutus in never-dull press conferences that had media men queuing for front row seats.

We should also remember that Heyneke Meyer was chomping at the bit for the Springbok job in 2008, only to join Coetzee on the list of also-rans. The choice of De Villiers over Coetzee and Meyer is quite possibly the Eighth Wonder of the World.

So Coetzee lost out, De Villiers did incredibly well, results-wise, thanks to the most experienced squad of players in Springbok rugby history led by supremely wise men in John Smit, Victor Matfield and Fourie du Preez.

Then Meyer finally got his chance, and the workaholic former Bulls man must lie awake at night and ponder how close he came to cracking it once and for all for the Springboks.

Midway through Meyer’s tenure, the Boks began playing some of their finest rugby ever. Meyer was determined to add floursishing attack to resolute defence, and he was getting there. Who will forget those epic games at Ellis Park between the Boks and the All Blacks, where the only difference between the sides in the end was the superior fitness of the Kiwis.

If only Meyer had stuck to those guns. But he had two problems. Firstly he had gun to his head in that South African rugby is results driven and, secondly, he knew he would be judged on the World Cup.

If I might digress for a minute. Compare this to what is going on at the Golden Lions in Johannesburg. Johan Ackerman has been given a mandate to fix the Lions and to do whatever it takes over as long a period as it takes. And he has passed this freedom on to the players. Don’t worry about results, just attack, attack and attack. Play with passion and the results will eventually take care of themselves.

If only Meyer had had the same passport of freedom. He had the Boks on the path to becoming the best team in the world, indeed capable of beating the All Blacks at their own game, but then regressed to square one when the pressure to get results got too much. Nobody can blame Meyer. If only he had been told to continue playing positively into the 2015 World Cup with a view to winning the trophy in Japan in 2019.

So can Allister pick up where the Boks left off when in their attack phase under Heyneke? Heck does anybody recall the fantastic tries the Boks scored a few months before the England World Cup in Brisbane and Johannesburg? Possibly, but we all recall the Boks going back to medieval rugby in the tournament after losing to Japan, grinding out victories based on the kick-and-chase game.

My problem with Allister is that he could get the Stormers and Western Province to play an attacking game. He did extremely well to get the Stormers to a certain level, one where their defence was the best in Super Rugby for a number of seasons and their set pieces immaculate. But they could not score tries. For three years or so the Stormers plateau-ed out, unable to take the step up to mix it in the Super Rugby play-offs. They just did not have the attacking game to win the tournament.

So what will change when Coetzee takes over at the Boks on Tuesday?

by MIKE Greenaway

Thank you to the Argus and Robyn Cohen for all the support for Siphokazi Jonas

Guns N’ Roses confirmed they will embark on a massive North American summer stadium tour

LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2016 — Following months of intense rumor, speculation and feverish excitement from rock music fans around the world, Guns N’ Roses confirmed today they will embark on a massive North American summer stadium tour as founder Axl Roseand former members, Slash and Duff McKagan regroup for what will be one of the century’s most anticipated musical events.

The news follows their previously announced headlining dates at this year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The Not In This Lifetime Tour, produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will see the iconic band headline stadium dates throughout the U.S. and Canadastarting in Detroit at Ford Field on Thursday, June 23 and will include shows in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Washington DC, Philadelphia and more.

A full list of tour dates is below. In a special preview, Axl, Slash and Duff will return to the stage tonight at The Troubadour in Los Angeles where the band launched their ground-breaking career.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016 Detroit, MI Ford Field
Sunday, June 26, 2016 Washington, DC FEDEXFIELD
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
Friday, July 1, 2016 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Cincinnati, OH Paul Brown Stadium
Saturday, July 9, 2016 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
Thursday, July 14, 2016 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
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Friday, July 29, 2016 Orlando, FL Orlando Citrus Bowl
Sunday, July 31, 2016 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Friday, August 5, 2016 Houston, TX NRG Stadium
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Sheila E is a class act lovely interview yesterday in Cape Town

What a joy to talk to Sheila E yesterday -We will be writing the story up for next weeks article in Next 48 Hours

Sheila E .She comes down to a simple phrase: follow the beat. And her impeccable inner rhythm is the pulse behind a trailblazing career that still knows no bounds.

World-class drummer and percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Ringo Starr. Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan and George Duke. Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter behind the seminal hits “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre.” Sheila is a fearless multi-instrumentalist, as well as an Actress, Mentor, and Philanthropist.

These career checkpoints all converged in 2014 with two new Sheila E. projects. She released her first album in years, the aptly titled “Icon” (Stilettoflats Music, March 25, 2014).

and she added author to her list of accomplishments with Simon & Schuster’s publication of her autobiography, “The Beat Of My Own Drum.”

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