Will Allister Coetzee still be coach for Boks come 2019 Rugby World Cup

One year ago, Allister Coetzee picked a starting line-up to play Ireland that lost the first Test match of a home series, and a year later here is Allister again, picking a squad that pessimists will reckon will battle to win the three-Test-series against France.

Let us look at this with perceptive. Of the team that started in the first Test against Ireland a year ago, only six players remain that started against Ireland that will be in contention for the first Test against France in Pretoria. They are amongst a bunch of Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermeulen, Damian de Allende, Elton Janjies, Rudy Paige, Warren Whiteley and Jesse Kriel.

So it looks like the Boks are starting again. And that is not a bad thing given the results of 2016 – just four wins out of 12. Despairingly poor, and Allister Coetzee should have been forced to resign on the spot at the end of the November tour, as should have been the Saru committee that appointed him.

The way I see it, this Springbok squad is a decent mix of the good the bad and the ugly but it certainly does not tell me that it is going to win the World Cup in Japan.

I say that with the best respects to the players.

I think this is because the Bok squad is not headed by a commanding coaching staff and we have to be morons if we as South Africans expect to win the World Cup in 2019 with the current status quo.

Call me a traitor, but a part of me wants the Boks to lose the series against France. I hate losing as much as any South African but I honestly believe that Springbok rugby is marking time. In fact, I would say that the current Bok set-up resembles a person drowning out at sea.

In my opinion, the Boks are not going to win the World Cup in Japan under Allister Coetzee and that the sooner there is an ambulance job at coaching level the better.

I think that a coach such as John Mitchell could sort out the mess should the Boks lose at home to France..

Again, I do believe that most of the newcomers that were announced in the squad of 31 yesterday are there on merit, but I also believe that this squad will probably lose to France and most certainly will not make the semi-finals of the next World Cup.

Springbok rugby needs change. The players that Allister Coetzee have picked are mostly there on merit. But this squad is mediocre at best. The coaching staff does not give reason for optimism, and the usual good feeling that goes with the new Bok selection of the year could very quickly give way to some serious overhaul of the Bok set-up some two and half years away from the World Cup.

By Mike Greenaway

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Who is Warren Whiteley the Springbok captain ?

He only found out on Monday evening that he was to be appointed as the next Springbok captain, so new skipper Warren Whiteley was understandably excited about the very big responsibility that comes with this important role.

( credit Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images)

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee named Whiteley, who has captained the Emirates Lions in more than 50 Vodacom Super Rugby matches, as national captain on Tuesday in Johannesburg. He will start in this role in the forthcoming Castle Lager Incoming Series against France next month.

The 29-year-old Whiteley said he was surprised by Coetzee’s decision to make him the next Springbok captain, but that he was grateful for the opportunity and relished the challenge to lead the team.

“I only found out last night, when I had my usual one-on-one talk with Coach Allister,” said Whiteley.

“We had a longer than usual chat, and we talked about a lot of things, not just rugby. I was quite surprised and he told me to go and discuss it with my family and make a decision. I went home and discussed it with my wife, Felicity, who was shocked really but also very proud.”

Whiteley has led the Johannesburg-based Emirates Lions with success for the past few seasons. He played for the Cell C Sharks and Eastern Province before moving to Johannesburg in 2010.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity and will embrace this huge challenge,” said Whiteley.

“I know what the team and the Springbok brand means for our country and its people, and to be appointed as captain is a real honour and a privilege.”

Whiteley, a member of the Commonwealth Games gold-medal winning Blitzbok squad in 2014, said he was fortunate to be able to call on a strong group of leaders within the Springbok squad, such as Duane Vermeulen, Beast Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi and Oupa Mohoje.

“They are all proven and respected leaders at their clubs and franchise teams, and it is very comforting for me as a leader to be able to call on the advice of such players,” he said.

“I’ve always enjoyed decision-making roles, but the Springbok captaincy is a completely different challenge. I am excited about the job and I shall embrace the responsibility and huge challenge.”

Brief fact-file:
Full name: Warren Roger Whiteley
Date and Place of Birth: 18 September 1987, Durban
Education: Glenwood High School (Durban) and the Sharks Academy
Springbok number: 863
Test debut: 6 September 2014 vs Australia in Perth aged 26
Total Tests: 15 (three tries)
Tour matches: 1
Total Springbok matches: 16
Other: Springbok Sevens (2012-2014)

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Warren Whiteley named Springbok captain for 2017

· Eight uncapped players in 31-man squad to face France

· Recalls for Steyn, Serfontein, Hougaard, Vermeulen, Oosthuizen and Ralepelle

Warren Whiteley from the Lions has been named the 58th Springbok captain and will get his first opportunity to lead the team when a much-changed squad, which includes eight uncapped players, gets together for the Incoming Series against France at a training camp in Plettenberg Bay next week.

The national selectors also recalled six experienced players to the squad.

They are Rugby World Cup winner Frans Steyn, Jan Serfontein, Francois Hougaard, Duane Vermeulen, Coenie Oosthuizen and Chiliboy Ralepelle.

They have more than 200 Test caps of experience between them.

Of the eight uncapped players in the squad, six are backs and two play in the forwards.

They are Lukhanyo Am, Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Dillyn Leyds, Raymond Rhule, Courtnall Skosan, Ruan Dreyer and Lizo Gqoboka.

Four of these, Rhule, Cronje, Dreyer and Gqoboka have previously toured with the Boks, but are yet to play in a Test match for South Africa.

The squad, which consists of 18 forwards and 13 backs, was announced by SA Rugby President Mr Mark Alexander in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The Springboks will face France on Saturday 10 June at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, followed by Tests at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban (17 June) and Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg (24 June).

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee also announced the appointment of Whiteley as Springbok captain for the forthcoming June internationals.

The Emirates Lions No 8 succeeds Adriaan Strauss, who retired from Test rugby at the end of last season.

The 31-man Springbok squad will assemble on Monday, 29 May for a week-long camp in Plettenberg Bay before moving camp to Pretoria where they will fine-tune final preparations for the first Test.

Steyn, who plays for French side Montpellier and was a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning squad, last featured in a Springbok Test in 2012, while Ralepelle is back in the Bok squad after four years – his last Test was in 2013.

Serfontein was injured and missed the entire 2016 season, while Oosthuizen, who played in 23 Tests between 2012 and 2015, is also back in the squad having fully recovered from his injuries.

Vermeulen featured in only two Tests in 2016 before suffering an injury during the home series against Ireland, while Hougaard returns after missing the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to the United Kingdom and Italy at the end of 2016 due to injury.

Coetzee said he was satisfied with the composition of the group, which has a good balance of promising newcomers and experienced players. He also explained the decision to reward Whiteley with the captaincy.

“Warren has been one of the outstanding leaders in South African rugby for many years,” said Coetzee.

“He is respected by his team-mates and opposition alike and has a lot of experience when it comes to captaincy, having led the Emirates Lions with great authority for many seasons. He is resilient, copes well under pressure and makes good decisions.

“The national selectors have rewarded form and we are looking forward to face the French team next month. I am confident the players will do the jersey and our country proud,” said Coetzee.

“A Lot of hard work has been done since the start of the season to make sure we improve as a team. The collaboration and spirit showed at the various indabas and other gatherings are proof that we are moving in the right direction.

“The three preseason training camps gave us the chance to have a close look at a number of players, especially those who haven’t been involved with the Springboks previously. We were also kept abreast of the form and the progress of the overseas-based group of players,” added Coetzee.

The third training camp finished in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning, with Coetzee emphasising the importance of the training camps.

“I want to especially thank the franchise and conditioning coaches for their contribution towards the success of the training camps,” according to the Bok coach.

Flyhalf Pat Lambie is still symptomatic following his concussion. After discussions with the player and the medical teams of both the Springboks and the Cell C Sharks, it was decided not to consider him for selection for the Springbok squad.

Apart from Lambie, the following players were not considered for Springbok and SA ‘A’ selection because of injury, or as stated otherwise: JC van Rensburg (prop, DHL Stormers), Julian Redelinghuys (prop, Emirates Lions), Francois Louw (flank, Bath, UK), Roelof Smit (flank Vodacom Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (flank, Ulster, Ireland), Handré Pollard (flyhalf, Vodacom Bulls), Jean-Luc du Plessis (flyhalf, DHL Stormers), Kurt Coleman (flyhalf, DHL Stormers), Robert du Preez (flyhalf, DHL Stormers), Howard Mnisi (centre, Emirates Lions), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (centre, Emirates Lions), Nico Lee (centre, Toyota Cheetahs), Leolin Zas (wing, DHL Stormers), Curwin Bosch (flyhalf, Cell C Sharks, Junior Springboks), André Esterhuizen (centre, Cell C Sharks, suspended) and RG Snyman (lock, Vodacom Bulls, suspended).

The Springbok squad for the Incoming Series (in alphabetical order):

Forwards (18):

Lood de Jager (lock), Vodacom Bulls – 28 caps, 20 points (4 tries)

Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock), DHL Stormers – 20 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Ruan Dreyer (prop), Emirates Lions – uncapped

Eben Etzebeth (lock), DHL Stormers – 54 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Steven Kitshoff (prop), Bordeaux Bègles (France) – 10 caps, 0 points

Siya Kolisi (flank), DHL Stormers – 16 caps, 0 points

Jaco Kriel (loose forward), Emirates Lions – 7 caps, 0 points

Frans Malherbe (prop), DHL Stormers – 15 caps, 0 points

Malcolm Marx (hooker), Emirates Lions – 2 caps, 0 points

Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), DHL Stormers – 5 caps; 0 points

Oupa Mohoje (loose forward), Toyota Cheetahs – 15 tests, 0 points

Franco Mostert (lock), Emirates Lions – 7 caps, 0 points

Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Cell C Sharks – 87 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Lizo Gqoboka (prop), Vodacom Bulls – uncapped

Coenie Oosthuizen (prop), Cell C Sharks – 23 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker), Cell C Sharks – 22 caps, 5 points (1 try)

Duane Vermeulen (loose forward), Toulon (France) – 37 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Warren Whiteley (captain, loose forward), Emirates Lions – 15 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Backs (13):

Lukhanyo Am (centre), Cell C Sharks – uncapped

Andries Coetzee (fullback) Emirates Lions – uncapped

Ross Cronje (scrumhalf), Emirates Lions – uncapped

Damian de Allende (centre), DHL Stormers – 22 Caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Francois Hougaard (scrumhalf), Worcester (England) – 39 caps, 25 points (5 tries)

Elton Jantjies (flyhalf), Emirates Lions – 11 caps, 78 points (12 conversions, 18 penalties)

Jesse Kriel (centre), Vodacom Bulls – 17 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Dillyn Leyds (wing/utility back), DHL Stormers – uncapped

Rudy Paige (scrumhalf), Vodacom Bulls – 7 caps, 0 points

Raymond Rhule (wing) Toyota Cheetahs – uncapped

Jan Serfontein (centre), Vodacom Bulls – 26 caps, 10 points (2 tries)

Courtnall Skosan (wing), Emirates Lions – uncapped

Frans Steyn (flyhalf/centre), Montpellier (France) – 53 caps, 132 points (10 tries, 5 conversions, 21 penalties, 3 drop goals)

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

What Bob Lefsetz wrote about the Tragedy in Manchester

I do not know what happened here.

But I do know it stopped me in my tracks.

That’s how modern life seems to go, you don’t sit down at 7 o’clock for the news, you’re just minding your own business and you get a tweet, a text, an e-mail, and your whole life is changed.

That’s how it was today, when that message came through. And at first you try to be optimistic, and then you see the word “fatalities” and you go into shock, because dead is dead, and for every person playing Russian roulette with their lives there are zillions just going on with their business peacefully, who end up innocent victims.

And not only are their lives ended, but the lives of those left behind are ruined, it’s positively awful.

And as of this writing there are a lot of facts but no definitive answers. The police are saying it’s terrorism. The alert was high and there were threats and you never know what’s gonna happen…

And then it does.

We believe we’re immune in the U.S. Somehow, by being an ocean away our citizens feel they’re invulnerable, until 9/11, and then San Bernardino…but most people have never been to San Bernardino, whereas Manchester is the cradle of the industrial revolution, where the first computer was built, where Tony Wilson and the ravers built a culture that still survives, albeit having morphed into what is now called EDM.

So if you’re living in the U.K…

It feels really close.

But everything is close today, there is no refuge, and you can’t bury your head, there are so many threats.

So what are we going to do?

We’re gonna march forward, we’re gonna play music, we’re gonna have concerts.

Of course we’re gonna honor the dead. Of course we’re never gonna forget. But this is what we’re fighting for, our way of life, the ability to go to a show for a couple of hours and exalt in the sound of music, to be taken away and have a reason to live. That’s right, we play these tracks on our phones, they’re part of our DNA, and then we need to bond with those that make them, an especially desirable desire in a phony world where everything’s evanescent and duplicity reigns.

So we track down the real killer, we hold those responsible accountable, we institute new safety systems, but we don’t blink, we go on.

We didn’t expect it to be this way. The future was so bright we had to wear shades. The wall fell, Communism ended, and then terrorism burgeoned and the rich got richer and the poor got poorer and we ended up divided with more questions than answers.

Trump is a sideshow.

We are the main show. The creators, the artists, and the infrastructure that supports them. We create the culture, we influence people, it’s our responsibility to take a stand.

And what stand is that?

Well, right now, we’re emotionally gutted, I get that.

But when the shock starts to fade…

You’ve got to stand for something. Besides money. Your music should say something. And that money you make, or the power to make it, should be harnessed for good, not only lifestyle.

Maybe this is the inspiration we need to reboot our musical culture. Maybe it is not what is going on in D.C. And I’m not sure how we can fight terrorism, but I do know we can bring people together, support each other, cast aside the infighting and look to bigger issues.

Yup, music reflects the culture at large, where it’s every person for him or herself, and this stuff sucks and that stuff doesn’t and the acts all have beefs and no wonder we live in a Tower of Babel society, no wonder we can’t get along.

Your job as an artist is to spread unity, to spread love, our army is much stronger than theirs, that’s the power of music, it’s the hottest medium in the world. We can raise funds, but even more we can spread a message.

It’s early, it’s a war.

But we have power.

We will have further losses, but never underestimate the power of a leader, the power of togetherness, the power of a SONG!

Songs got us into this and songs are gonna get us out.

We’ve got creators on every street corner, in every village, we just have to stop shrugging our shoulders and unite on one message.

This is our way of life. We live to hear the note played pure and easy. We love to come together with our brethren in our own religious experience at the club, arena and stadium.

And it’s incumbent upon our leaders, the artists, managers and promoters, to stand up and tell us where to go, what to do, how to cope.

That’s right, first you’ve got to cope.

Nothing heals like song.

I challenge a superstar to write a healing number.

But that’s only the beginning.

This is a wake-up call, in a seemingly too long history of wake-up calls, are we just gonna sit back and wait for the next tragedy or are we gonna rise up and fight back?

We can do this.

BY BOB LEFSETZ

Have a HEART dress for Success ..ALL BLACKS TO PLAY IN CAPE TOWN 7 OCT 2017

The bloke who is the station manager must be happy we gone .

OTC the show we did never quite the same .

.Can you imagine how I would have got under peoples skin with clever comments .

We would not flap about

Does one take Springbok Rugby seriously in lead up to 2019 asks former Bok players ?

FORMER Springboks are not overwhelmingly optimistic about South Africa’s chances of winning the World Cup in Japan in 2019, despite the Boks receiving a relatively good draw in Kyoto in Japan yesterday.

The Boks have been drawn in Pool B alongside world trend setters New Zealand and have avoided the Pool of Death, which is customary in World Cups, and includes more than two leading nations. In 2019 it is Pool C which includes England, France and Argentina, all capable of being top four finishers in Japan.

Jean de Villiers, the Springbok captain in the 2015 World Cup, says the draw is good for the Boks but only if there is significant change in the form of the Springboks over the next two years.

“We have to see our Pool game against New Zealand as a game that simply has to be won,” De Villiers said. “And if that is going to happen, a lot has to change in South African rugby over the next two years because current form does not give us much hope of beating the All Blacks any time soon.

“But it can happen,” the former Bok centre said. “A lot can change in two years. We have the players. We just have to get the structures right and build confidence and momentum. I am hopeful the Boks can get it right and it is significant that we have had a good draw and should be able to make the quarter-finals, and then the semi-finals. But it is not just going to happen. A lot of role players in SA Rugby have to make sure we are a force in 2019.”

Mark Andrews, a World Cup winner in 1995, said that the draw was good for the Boks but added that it counted for little because the Springboks can no longer take anything for granted in world rugby.

“We have to accept that we are now a mid-tier rugby nation (seventh in the world rankings),” Andrews said. “It is hurtful that we can no longer say that it is “fait accompli” that we will beat Italy in our Pool in 2019. I feel that a lot has to change in our rugby if we are to be serious contenders of winning the World Cup. Something has to change. Just look at a country like England that were laughed out of their World Cup in 2015 and then had Eddie Jones come in and next thing England equalled the record for consecutive wins among top tier nations.”

Another former Springbok, John Allan, was caustic in his reaction to the World Cup draw.

“I don’t care which Pool the Boks are in and who they are playing,” he said. “I just know that our rugby is in serious trouble and a lot has to change before Japan in 2019. Right now we are nowhere and we need drastic change because right now Springbok rugby cannot be taken seriously in terms of winning the World Cup.”

By Mike Greenaway

Sunday 14 May – Mothers Day take mom for free to see Chris Chameleon at Franschhoek Cellars

Mom goes for Free to see Chris Chameleon Sunday 14 May 3pm -Book Webtickets

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