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Allister Coetzee will only know his fate in January

Allister Coetzee's job is safe for at least another two months. Photo: Johan Rynners/Gallo Images.

Allister Coetzee's job is safe for at least another two months. Photo: Johan Rynners/Gallo Images.

Saru plays it safe by not making any hasty decisions on the poorest Springbok season in the professional era.

Allister Coetzee will only know if he’ll remain Springbok coach at end of January.

The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Tuesday confirmed the embattled mentor’s performance review was conducted by the organisation’s high-performance committee.

But stakeholders and fans hoping for a quick fix after a “profoundly disappointing season”, in which the Boks only won four of their 12 Tests, will be left frustrated.

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“We know people are looking to us for instant answers and many of them want to see heads roll,” said Mark Alexander, Saru president.

“But building winning teams is not an exact science and we want to make sure that the changes we make are the right solutions to our current problems.”

Coetzee’s review wasn’t limited to his own insights.

Three senior players – retiring captain Adriaan Strauss, Beast Mtawarira and Pat Lambie – all provided feedback from the players’ perspective.

“We review the Springbok season with the national coach at the end of each year, but this year’s process has been given extra attention because of profoundly disappointing results,” said Alexander.

“This was not a witch-hunt but a proper process to interrogate where things went wrong, with a focus on finding answers and ensuring it does not happen again.”

Saru hopes to explore all avenues before it judges Coetzee and therefore wants to use the whole of next month for introspection.

“We will act upon whatever interventions are identified as being necessary by all involved.  I would expect that process to be completed before the end of January,” said Alexander.

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