- SA Rugby President Mark Alexander announced the appointment of Jacques Nienaber as the new Springbok head coach
- However, Alexander also threw shade at South Africa's Super Rugby teams as he said they aren't doing enough to develop black coaches
- Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus echoed those sentiments, but added that SA Rugby doesn't have the power to intervene
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However, SA Rugby President Mark Alexander feels that not enough is being done to speed up transformation amongst the local Super Rugby teams.
Alexander announced the appointment of Jacques Nienaber as the new Springbok coach and raised his concerns over the lack of black coaches in the Super Rugby tournament.
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Alexander said, “We’re not happy with the make-up of the franchise coaching teams, even though I’m happy with the look of the Springbok coaching group.”
Alexander's view is based on the fact that all South African franchises have hired white coaches for the 2020 season.
The Springboks have been able to appoint assistant coach Deon Davids and attacking coach Mzwandile Stick, but their options have been limited due to issues further down the food chain.
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The South African reported that Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus sided with Alexander and feels that the Super Rugby franchises need to do more to develop black coaches.
Erasmus said, “We would like to see more coaches of colour coming through, but we unfortunately don’t have control over that, just like we can’t tell them who to appoint as chief executive officer."
However, Erasmus added that talks with the franchises have been encouraging and that they've pledged their commitment to transformation.
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